[amsat-bb] Mode Designators

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Thu Aug 4 15:25:10 UTC 2016

"AMSAT doesn't have a standard it's willing to stick with."

As I've said many times, we do have a standard. We've had the same
standard for nearly 20 years. It's reflected on the website and in
AMSAT publications.

Many of us choose to use the old mode designations out of tradition,
especially when operating on AO-7 (which, literally does have Modes A
and B) and I like the single letter mode descriptions out of

Software developers that want to provide a field for the satellite
mode designator should permit the use of single letter designators
(which include the old hybrid single letter designators, like AJ, plus
JA and JD for analog vs. digital) as well as the dual letter

Dual letter designators are easy, but only go up to 47 GHz. Permit the
use of any of these letters as the up or downlink as appropriate for
the satellite:



Paul, N8HM

On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 11:13 AM, Peter Laws <plaws0 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM, Joe <nss at mwt.net> wrote:
>> I also like the frequency thing except,
>> HZ?
>> KHZ?
>> MHZ?
>> GHZ?
> The ADIF standard is MHz.  Bands are defined with MHz limits.  How a
> program (or LOTW) displays those frequencies is up to those programs.
> You'll find that the DXLab Suite adheres very closely to the ADIF and
> with good reason if you see who is a main driver behind the latter.
> :-)
> SAT_MODE and SAT_NAME are both strings, not enumerated variables, so
> it's up to the software author to put something there that makes
> sense.
> This is what AA6YQ is trying to do but, sadly, AMSAT doesn't have a
> standard it's willing to stick with.
> --
> Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!
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