[amsat-bb] what is a good contact?

Steve Kristoff skristof at etczone.com
Sat Apr 11 11:49:50 UTC 2020

Opening with "CQ Satellite" is not really a recommended practice.

This: "On the FM satellites, it is not necessary to call CQ as on HF." is cut-and-paste from here: https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Work_FM_Sats-20131010.pdf

Sean, your own paper on the AMSAT website says this: 
" Don’t Call CQ - Please don’t call “CQ Satellite” on an FM satellite". That's cut-and-paste from here: https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FM-Satellites-Best-Practices.pdf
To Roy and any interested others, I highly recommend the materials at both of these links as excellent tips and practices for satellite operation. Note that they are geared towards the FM satellites.
Steve AI9IN
Grid EM79ji
Oldenburg IN
----- Original Message -----
From: Sean Kutzko via AMSAT-BB (amsat-bb at amsat.org)
Date: 04/10/20 23:24
To: Roy Dean (royldean at gmail.com)
Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] what is a good contact?

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

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