[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT contest??

Bruce kk5do at arrl.net
Sat Dec 13 10:12:33 PST 2008

Please keep in mind that there is a gentleman's agreement amongst the 
AMSAT's of the world that contesting would not be done on a satellite. 
This is why you have not seen it done in the past. You can call it 
something else as I had to do when we had the AO-40 Birthday Bash. When 
I called it a contest, it was strictly frowned upon and the name was 
changed. If I remember, it was a one or two week event to make contacts 
on the first anniversary of the satellite's launch.

When you have an event, it must be something that is available to all 
satellite users worldwide, not just an event for those on one continent 
or country. That is why all the awards that AMSAT-NA offers as well as 
some other AMSAT's are not called contests. They are operating 
achievements and normally do not have a end of life. The AO-51 51 on 51 
award was an event that lasted a year but did not require anything 
special other than using the satellite to make contacts with 51 
different stations. You can see where this is going vs. having a true 

AMSAT Director Contests and Awards

On 12/13/2008 2:01 AM, w7lrd at comcast.net wrote:
> With the wx getting more "cabin feavorish", the voices in my head are saying we should have an impromptu AMSAT contest where the exchange  would be your grid square and your AMSAT  member number.  Something along this idea was suggested by a member of the BOD of AMSAT some time ago.  Lets see if this idea has any traction.
> 73 Bob W7LRD
> Seattle
> --
> "if this were easy, everyone would be doing it"
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Bruce Paige, KK5DO

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