[amsat-bb] what is a good contact?

John Brier johnbrier at gmail.com
Mon Apr 13 19:25:52 UTC 2020

Bob this is how I do it.

The only exception is occasionally if I get tongue tied and can't spit out
their call right I will sometimes say "got it on the recording" and still
count it. I prefer not to but have done it and others also do it.

If someone doesn't agree with that my defense is I am dyslexic so give me a
break. ;-)

This thread has reminded me that, afaik, the FCC rules don't define a
contact, so as someone else said, it really depends on what you and the
other station agree on. Contests or other awards may specify and for that
you have to do what their rules are, obviously.

73, John Brier

On Sun, Apr 12, 2020, 16:51 Bob Liddy (K8BL) via AMSAT-BB <
amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:

> I've been Roving for quite a few years. It takes a lot of time and effort
> and $$$ to activate some of the Grids I've been to. My joy is to give out
> Grids to those who need them. It's all done gladly and willingly.
> This is what I consider a "Good Contact".
> 1 - I set up and wait for the Pass and announce my Call/Grid when I hear
> myself.
> 2 - A station calls me with My Call and Their Call.
> 3 - I respond to them with Their Call & My Call/Grid
> 4 - That's a "Good Contact" - they heard me & responded, I heard them &
> responded
> 5 - Contact logged, next station calls.
> The Pass is copied on my Sony ICD-BX140 Digital Recorder via a mini-mic
> placed in one side of my headphones which catches both sides of the QSO.
> Then,
> when I return to where I'm staying, I transcribe the QSOs for uploading to
> LoTW. If there is doubt with a Call, I'll listen to the recording again to
> verify.
> This has worked very well for me for over 125 different Grid activations
> and
> many several times as I travel. I don't recall any complaints, however,
> they would
> all be handled appropriately(!).
> GL/73,    Bob  K8BL             (AMSAT #6593, since 1979)
> P.S. The Digital Recorder can be seen in a pic on my QRZ Page.
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