In reply to G8ADD:
The first pass 1248 UTC was E-NE-NW with maximum elevation of 24 degree. FT817ND and folded dipole started to pick up the AO-51 around 1250 UTC from East. The dipole was fixed on my Leki pole. I rotated the dipole and adjusted the elevation angle to maximize the signal. The Russian stations were loud and clear, but this is not surprise since they are so close here. I was giving my call sign hoping that somebody would hear it and reply. Then I tried to reply to OH7FES, but no success. The 1425 UTC pass was similar, but with maximum elevation of 52 degree. Finally 1604 UTC AO-51 was West from me, I could hear Norway, Germany and Croatia. The heard signals were so strong that in more quiet conditions two way QSO should be possible. Unfortunately on these repeater type satellites the whole EU is sharing the same frequency at same time.
73, Jaakko OH7BF/F5VGL