Jose writes "Have you ever imagined how many potential amateur radio operators are around the world? The standard population of hams is more or less 0.1 percent of a countries’ population. If some countries weren’t so restrictive regarding amateur radio, there would be millions more hams. Wouldn’t you agree? I just wonder if any organization (official or non-official) has ever taken an initiative of spreading the word about amateur radio among all those countries that are well known as “RARE DX”. I’m not sure if something can be done regarding this anyway. Perhaps because of their political systems, several countries have restricted amateur activities. It is understandable that years ago amateur bands had some kind of tactical interest to many countries. Nowadays all that new technology is scanning every single square foot of the earth and every cubic inch of its air space. It doesn’t seem to be very harmful for couple of guys telling each other their names, locations, weather and how many children they have. What could be the fear about having better understanding of the rest of the world through the air waves? There must be many interesting opinions. 73 de Jose"