[amsat-bb] Why 6 digit grid locator in Europe?

Dani EA4GPZ daniel at destevez.net
Thu Feb 18 21:35:12 UTC 2016

El 18/02/16 a las 15:26, Peter Goodhall escribió:

> We can strip down exchange information to just be 2E0SQL EA1JM IO91 or
> if we don't bother even with that 2E0SQL EA1JM.. I'm not really sure
> it constitutes a contact by my licence regulations.

I don't think that the licence regulations have any say on what
constitutes a contact or actually try say so. That's for the ham
community to decide. I can speak only for the Spanish and UK
regulations, which are the ones that I've ever read.

The EME and meteor scatter communities have a very clear idea of what
constitutes a contact for them, because they're only always working
under marginal conditions, so they try to send the least information

> There's far greater issues like people calling over the top of in
> progress QSOs, deliberate jamming etc which should be dealt with
> first, if this was taken care of then more QSOs on FM satellites could
> take place and that extra two letters wouldn't really make a real
> difference.

I agree with that. For me, the worst problem in FM satellites is people
calling over and over without being able to hear the satellite. It would
be fun to record some passes and study how much time gets wasted with
such issues and how much time is used to actually make QSOs. I have the
impression that more than half of the time gets wasted usually.


Dani EA4GPZ.

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