[amsat-bb] what is a good contact?

Bob Liddy (K8BL) k8bl at ameritech.net
Mon Apr 13 20:42:21 UTC 2020

 Hi John,
I'm sure the FCC has no interest in what a QSO is as long as a transmittingstation properly ID's.
Various Ham Organizations have their own rules for what they consider a validQSO, mainly for Awards/Contests/Records. Anyone using a made-up means tocreate QSOs really cheapens things for everyone. Someone cheating for thingslike that brings down the value of them to zero!
GL/73,   Bob  K8BL

    On Monday, April 13, 2020, 03:26:10 PM EDT, John Brier <johnbrier at gmail.com> wrote:  
 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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