[amsat-bb] ISS contact protocol

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Thu Jan 29 01:32:20 UTC 2015


FWIW, KK5DO posted this standard for packet QSOs via the ISS 10 years ago.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/archive/amsat-bb/200501/msg00347.html

73,

Paul, N8HM

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 8:24 PM, Sean K. <kx9x at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I would contend that there needs to be an exchange of data (sig report?)
> and an acknowledgement that signal reports were received by both stations.
>
> KX9X: CQ KX9X FN31
> W1XYZ: KX9X de W1XYZ
> KX9X: W1XYZ 599 FN31W1XYZ: R TU 599 FN67KX9X: R 73
>
> Meteor scatter ops and EME'ers have a protocol for what constitutes a QSO,
> especially with WSJT. So there's precendent from other communities.
>
> These elements are needed for other satellite QSOs to count, as well.
>
> My two cents. Your mileage may vary. Sean Kutzko
> Amateur Radio KX9X
>       From: Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) <amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net>
>  To: "amsat-bb at amsat.org" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
>  Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:37 PM
>  Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] ISS contact protocol
>
> Hi Ted!
>
> It sounds like you didn't have a complete QSO.  From what you wrote, it
> looks like what shows up in red was transmitted from the ISS digipeater.
> If you are seeing the packets as they are going from your station and from
> the ISS, you should see something that includes "Via RS0ISS*" -
> indicating a packet that was retransmitted by the ISS digipeater.  Do you
> see a screen that looks something like the screenshot at:
>
> https://twitter.com/ai6gs/status/559950544760893440/photo/1
>
> (thanks to Mike AI6GS for posting that screenshot on his Twitter feed)
>
> At a minimum, whatever you transmit needs to be digipeated by the ISS.
> Then the other station needs to receive what is retransmitted, plus you
> need to get something from the other station digipeated by the ISS.  There
> needs to be some sort of back-and-forth, just like we do when working
> other satellites in a voice mode or CW.
>
> As for your other question, yes - you can log ISS packet contacts in the
> Logbook of the World.  You'd set the PROP_MODE field in your QSO records
> to be SAT, and use ARISS as the SAT_NAME.
>
> If you'd like to try to make a QSO with me, let's chat away from this list
> and
> see about making that happen.  I've made a few packet QSOs through the
> ISS digipeater in the past couple of months, and would be happy to give it
> a try with you.  Or, on the weekends in the afternoons, we could also try
> NO-44.
>
> 73!
>
>
>
>
>
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
> http://www.wd9ewk.net/
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 3:24 PM, Ted <k7trkradio at charter.net> wrote:
> > I guess I'm a little fuzzy about what constitutes a valid contact when
> using
> > the packet route. I have UISS up and running properly and can get into
> the
> > ISS repeater and back out ok.
> >
> >
> >
> > So, last night there was a good pass for me and I throw out my CQ. The
> > repeater heard me and came back in red. Couple of tries later I see, in
> red
> > "K7TRK N6YG, 599 in Carmichael". I try to respond several times with my
> > return message but never see me come back in red.
> >
> >
> >
> > So, is this just a partial contact as I did not see a red message from
> me to
> > N6YG ?  (I suspect it is)
> >
> >
> >
> > Second question:  Can ISS contacts via packet be logged in LOTW as SAT
> > contacts?
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