Dxing via Satellite - a chance for "nocoders".
From OCT 21 until NOV 11, 1994 I'm going to stay with my wife on the GRANDE COMORE - main island of the REPUBLIQUE FEDERALE ISLAMIQUE DES COMORES.
We are there for vacation, but - as you can imagine - I would like to become qrv on satellites OSCAR 13/(10 ?) a bit. This is not a new one on satellites - 1990 D68GA was qrv from about the same location on the island. But I think there is a lot of guys who were not qrv atthat time or missed Don for what reason so ever. I have applied for a licence, but do not have one in hand. So I need to go tothe TELECOM in Moroni after arrival. If I'm lucky to get a licence the earliest date to show up is saturday 22 Oct in the evening.
The circumstances are unfortunately not too good during these 3 weeks :
If the power budged allows the transponder will be on from MA 150 to 030. But this schedule may be shortened on lack of sufficient solar power.And as far as OSCAR 10 is concerned I have no idea whether this one will be usable again during that time ( it is not under control anymore ).
2. The Results
After arrival in the hotel we got a very nice room with no radio horizon. So I tried and got a day later another room in the upper floor with a balcony towards east ( palm trees allowing operation for elevation > 20 degs ). This balcony allowed to work between AZM 10 to AZM 170.There was only a very limited chance to work towards the west. To do so I had to put the antenna on the gangway which was the only way to the rooms in the upper floor and was also used for fire escape.I could block this gangway only between midnight and morning hoping that nobody was returning later to his room.
And as a summary : -> Worked : WAC / 25 DXCC countries
is not much but compared with all my handicaps not too bad. Surprisingly
enough that there is a great number of Europeen countries not in my log.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC of the COMOROS
LOCATOR : LH28EH
QTH : Le GALAWA BEACH, Mitsamiouli
IOTA : AF-007
WAZ : 39
ITU : 53
RESULTS : AO-10 23 Calls - 11 DXCC entities,
AO-13 149 Calls - 23 DXCC entities