[amsat-bb] ISS Contacts

Ted k7trkradio at charter.net
Tue Apr 21 00:42:38 UTC 2015

Also, to complicate it a bit, UISS has the 3 different ways to communicate.
The 'text' and 'position' methods will require macros or live typing to send
your exchange. The 3rd way seems to be via APRS Message which you can click
on the call sign in the 'heard' window and populate the other call sign.
That method also gives a 'message' log that seems to show a confirmation of
the exchange in real time. I'm trying to use all methods to affect an
exchange (i.e, call, some information and confirmation by the other side)

73, K7TRK

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From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of John Fickes
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 5:23 PM
To: amsat-bb
Subject: [amsat-bb] ISS Contacts

Hello to the group

       With increased traffic on the ISS digipeater, what constitutes a
valid contact ? Maybe this has already been discussed and there is a
procedure in place? I would think that something along the lines of JT65
would work well enough to know that someone was actually on the other side
of the QSO and not just a beacon. Like the exchange of call signs and grid
squares, a signal report of some sorts ( of course they would all be 599 so
maybe something else could be used, maybe grids would work better here
instead of grids with call signs ) and then a 73 to finish it off. So
something like CQ CQ KC0BMF KC0BMF de AB0CDE DMxx AB0CDE de KC0BMF EN31

of course like JT65 the last 73 would be optional. Using the program UISS
this is pretty straight forward as you can have the messages already built
in the TX APRS message except for the call sign and the callsign is added to
the message by double clicking the appropriate call in the MHeard list and
changing the message with the pull down window. Any thoughts would be
appreciated as I'm being asked by folks what I contact this very question.

                     73 John   KC0BMF

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