[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT contest??

w7lrd@comcast.net w7lrd at comcast.net
Sat Dec 13 12:43:57 PST 2008

Bruce-Yep I can see where this is going.  No doubt the logistics would be difficult.  I was just listening to voices in my head and trying to push AMSAT membership.
73 Bob W7LRD

"if this were easy, everyone would be doing it"

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: Bruce <kk5do at arrl.net> 

> 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 
> contest. 
> 73...bruce 
> 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 
> > 
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