[amsat-bb] Official QSOs Protocol via ISS (was: Expectations

Clayton Coleman kayakfishtx at gmail.com
Sat Jan 3 16:01:01 UTC 2015

I loosely go by the same standard as a voice contact on the satellites
as you described it, Sean.

If someone sends a packet with CQ I respond.  I send a "Hello"
greeting with some information, typically my grid square, directed at
their callsign.

If they respond to my callsign acknowledging and providing additional
information, I usually consider it a contact.  I gave him something.
He gave me something.

I received 18 different callsigns via the ISS yesterday on a single
pass.  I tried to respond to several of them, but never saw a
response.  Only N5LUL (long time ISS digipeater user) was live at the
keyboard and receiving/decoding.


On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 9:48 AM, Sean K. <kx9x at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Kelley, WØRK, asked the million-dollar question for us ISS newbies:
> "To achieve an "official" contact, what does one do? Do I just send "Hi
> JoAnne" and you send "Hi Kelley" back and that's it?"
> Is there an official protocol or approach? The meteor-scatter and EME community have had an official format for a "good" QSO for years, which has been made even more official with the introduction of the WSJT software, which has a pre-programmed message sequence that is followed to completion. It's not considered a good QSO until both parties have confirmed reception of the other's info.
> Even on the voice sats, you generally exchange grids and get a "Roger" or "QSL, 73" knowing that you have made a good QSO. I haven't seen such a standard on QSOs made through the ISS digi.
>  Sean Kutzko
> Amateur Radio KX9X
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