Few things in the hobby are more exciting than talking to the world with an HT. D-STAR, DMR, IRLP and Echolink have made this possible via internet connectivity but you can also do it directly, via satellite.
Working the heavens is easier than you might think. Here is a great reourse to get you started.
Work-Sat.com – One of the best all around websites for amateur satellite enthusiasts. If amateur radio icons like Bob Heil, K9EID and Gordon West, WB6NOA recommend it, you know it’s good.