[amsat-bb] what is a good contact?
ve8rt at yknwt.ca
Sat Apr 11 13:13:42 UTC 2020
I'm going to try to drag this discussion a little sideways. That of
using a recording to get, refine, or verify when in doubt, information
after the contact. In the examples the grid square is read back and
acknowledged, sometimes the congestion (on the FM satellites
especially) makes that hard to do live, so having a recording helps.
It is more than a memory or logging aid, its an additional layer of
processing not available at the time of the (confirmed or attempted)
contact. If there is mayhem on the satellite and I have confidence in
the quality of my audio recording (I'm looking into a better recorder)
I'll look over my own known read back faults (I can't sing either as I
tend to skip bits and jump ahead - neurologically atypical no doubt).
Carrying this further then, maybe I should ask if it isn't possible
to due to the congestion on a pass, should I stop trying to work
stations on that pass?
Ron VE8RT DP22
On Fri, 10 Apr 2020 22:19:36 -0500
Sean Kutzko via AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:
> 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
> W1AW: QSL, FN31
> 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
> > K3RLD
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