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Re: Which path does a "REAL" QSO take?



Dear Mike:

I really enjoyed your response!!! It was concise and yet informative. The
argument you had presented is a good one. Thankyou for taking the time to
take part in it.

Best Wishes,
--
William A. Wetzel
n6rky@pacbell.net

KF4FDJ (Mike in Ft. Myers, FL) wrote:
 > 
 > William,
 > 
 > "William A. Wetzel" wrote:
 > > It had occurred to me that this exchange would be an excellent debate for
 > > amateur radio!!! Doug suggested "META-CONTACT" or "META-WORK" to classify
 > > what had taken place at Harbor View Elementary School, to provide what is
 > > needed to split this hair...
 > 
 > I'm sure FEW of the students or faculty present for the exchange between
 > their school and the shuttle care which path their signals took to make
 > the QSO possible.  Even fewer would understand or care that their
 > contact was facilitated by amateur stations in the ground track of the
 > shuttle.
 > 
 > Without a doubt, there was electricity in the air, and they have a sense
 > of accomplishment and honor, that their school was chosen, and they had
 > the opportunity to talk with astronauts aboard an orbiting shuttle.
 > 
 > As far as a path other than direct for a QSO between amateurs aboard the
 > shuttle and on the ground, most should view such a "MEAT-CONTACT" as
 > fun, but not an official QSO.  Personally, I would not include a QSL
 > card from such a contact in my collection, but instead would view the
 > contact as I would view a long distant contact through a repeater
 > gateway, fun, but not a real 2 way exchange between stations.
 > 
 > 73, Mike in Fort Myers, FL
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William A. Wetzel
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