[amsat-bb] Re: QSL Etiquette

George Henry ka3hsw at att.net
Fri Mar 13 21:23:02 PDT 2009

For a broadcast station that's on the air 24/7, or at least hours a day, 
requiring some kind of proof makes sense.  But for a satellite contact, 
either you were, in fact, on the bird and they DID hear you, or you weren't. 
So if the card or request is for a date and time that I was on the 
satellite, I'd honor it as an SWL.

George, KA3HSW

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Greg D." <ko6th_greg at hotmail.com>
To: <ka3hsw at att.net>; <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 1:48 AM
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Re: QSL Etiquette

But even for a 1-way acknowledgment, doesn't the receiving station need to 
demonstrate that they actually heard you?  I seem to recall years ago that 
for broadcast stations you needed to supply a log of what was on the air 
(song list, discussion topics, etc.).  Otherwise, you could get cards from 
every call in the book.

It may sound harsh, but if I get a card for someone not in my log, I keep it 
with a note as to my conclusion, but do not send a reply.  Fortunately, I 
think it's only happened once or twice.  Several times, however, I did find 
their call scribbled on my desk pad, but they weren't in the log because I 
didn't think we had a complete exchange.  If their QSL info is correct, in 
those cases I give them the benefit of the doubt, and send a 2-way 

Greg  KO6TH

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