[amsat-bb] Re: ISS Not A Satellite WAS: Satellites and the LoTW

Eric Christensen kf4otn at ericsatcom.net
Sat Jan 27 11:22:48 PST 2007

I got curious and looked on the ARRL website and found the criteria for
DXCC entities (http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/rules.html#siii).  I
think it is definitely doable but I don't really know who to contact
(maybe dxcc at arrl.org?).

I wonder how one would get a card from the ISS?  It appears that the
ARRL is the US QSL Manager (http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm#QSL's) so
it should be feasible to have all the contacts go into the LoTW without
any problem as well as getting a hard card.

Do you want to try to petition the ARRL to make the ISS a DXCC entity?
I'll be happy to co-support the idea.


Cathryn Mataga wrote:
>  >ARRL should recognize the ISS as a country. That would
>>> stir up the pot.  If Scarborough reef is a country, then why can't
>>> the ISS be a country? 
>> You mean s DXCC Entity not a country - DXCC Entities are artificial creations
>> that have nothing to do with countries, that's why there are 200 more DXCC
>> Entities than countries.
> Yeah, DXCC entity,   It would have to be done carefully in order to prevent
> DX-crazy hams from hounding the astronauts off the band.   But if 
> someone wanted
> to pay the Russians the X-million dollars to go up there to operate a 
> DX-pedition,
> this would be keeping with the spirit of DXCC I believe.   Seems to me the
> international nature of the space station gives it kind of  'DXCC 
> entity-like'
> nature, however the specific rules are lawyered.
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