[amsat-bb] what is a good contact?

Sean Kutzko kx9x at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 11 03:19:36 UTC 2020

During my time at ARRL, I came to understand that it’s not just the exchange of information that makes a contact “legitimate,” it’s acknowledgement of that exchange by both parties. Here’s an example:

KX9X: CQ Satellite, KX9X
W1AW: KX9X this is W1AW
KX9X: W1AW, thanks, EN50
KX9X: QSL, Thanks. QRZ KX9X

That final acknowledgment by KX9X is the same final step found in meteor scatter and EME QSOs; both stations not only report info, but acknowledge receiving the other station’s report. That’s what makes the contact “good.”

Sent from the iPhone of Sean, KX9X

> On Apr 10, 2020, at 7:42 PM, Roy Dean via AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:
>>  Grid squares are required, is there an alternative other than RST?
>>   Ron VE8RT
> I think all you need to do is exchange ANY type of information (other than
> your callsign, of course - which IS mandatory).
> So, grid, first name, occupation, what you had for dinner, etc.   I believe
> most people use grids because then you are also elligible for all the
> awards that go with grid collection.
> I also believe that using a recording (that you actually made yourself on
> the pass) is totally legit.   Using a recording from a satnogs station 500
> miles away - not so much.  I'm not a grid-chaser, per se - so I'm sure
> somebody else will give you the official position on both questions.
> --Roy
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