[amsat-bb] Re: logging Sat contacts...??

Gary "Joe" Mayfield gary_mayfield at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 27 12:53:37 PDT 2010

LOTW will do sat contacts -- I have hundreds up there.  The article with the
details can be found here


Joe kk0sd

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:07 PM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] logging Sat contacts...??

I recently received the following comment from a contact that I made:

"Hello Ted,

eQSL does not provide the option to enter separate transmit and receive
frequencies/bands for cases where a station is operating cross-band such as
with satellite, so the transmit frequency should be used to select the QSO

eQSL does provide the user the option to enter a "SAT band" (ie. SAT J, SAT
B, etc...) instead of choosing the band directly, this automatically picks
the correct band for the user and is based on the uplink frequency (transmit
frequency).  The eQSL ADIF import specification found at URL
http://www.eqsl.cc/qslcard/ADIFContentSpecs.cfm clearly shows that Mode J
(V/U) Satellite translates to the 2m band (the "uplink" frequency), and Mode
B (U/V) Satellite translates to 70cm, etc... proving that the transmit
frequency should be used to select the QSO band.

It is a common eQSL mistake to enter the wrong band for satellite contacts
(and also to enter incorrect mode ie. "FM" instead of "FM (SAT).)"  Many do
not pay attention to the details and just accept eQSL's they receive based
on callsign, date, and time without thinking about the band or mode that
applies to a specific contact."

I am curious as to what difference it makes whether the contact is logged as
TX or RX. I have a TS2000 and HRD picks up the log info from the main VFO I
believe, which is going to be the RX side. The info is then sent to logbook
and automatically uploaded to eQSL. I'm not to concerned whether or not eQSL
figures it out, but I would like LoTW to be correct and cards for VUDXX.

so does it matter??

Thanks, Ted 
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