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Re: ISS on Field Day



Attention: ARRL Contest Staff:


The ARRL Field Day contest rules say...

"7.3.7. Satellite QSO: 100 bonus points for successfully completing at least
one QSO via an amateur radio satellite during the Field Day period. Under
the "General Rules for All ARRL Contests" (rule 3.7.2.), the no-repeater QSO
stipulation is waived for satellite QSOs. Groups are allowed one dedicated
satellite transmitter station without increasing their entry category.
Satellite QSOs also count for regular QSO credit. Show them listed
separately on the summary sheet as a separate "band." You do not receive an
additional bonus for contacting different satellites, though the additional
QSOs may be counted for QSO credit. "

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Per the FCC, Sec. 97.3 define "Space Stations" ...

"(40) Space station. An amateur station located more than 50 km above the
Earth's surface."

and "Earth Stations" ...

"(16) Earth station. An amateur station located on, or within 50 km of, the
Earth's surface intended for communications with space stations or with
other Earth stations by means of one or more other objects in space."


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In an announcement the ARRL says ...

"ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, says he was happy to hear
that hams aboard the ISS may once again be on the air for Field Day. "We
look forward to seeing lots of reported QSOs with Mike--and perhaps
Gennady--during Field Day 2004."

Henderson notes that ISS voice or packet contacts do not count for bonus
satellite contact points because the ISS is not an "Amateur Radio
satellite," as event rules specify. Field Day has no specific rules relating
to ARISS operation because there's no guarantee that the crew will be able
to get on the air for the annual exercise."

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My question is:

Given the above, I don't believe Mr. Henderson is correct in his statement
when he says "ISS voice or packet contacts do not count for bonus satellite
contact points because the ISS is not an "Amateur Radio satellite," as event
rules specify".

I don't see anywhere in the ARRL rules that support Mr. Henderson's claim
that "ISS is not an Amateur Radio Satellite", and the FCC rules define two
types of stations - "Space and Earth" - of which you are one or the other
when operating in the Amateur Satellite Service.

Would you please have Mr. Henderson retract his incorrect statement and
issue a correction?

73's

Don Woodward
KD4APP
ARRL Member
AMSAT Member 33535
http://kd4app.webhop.org


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Henderson notes that ISS voice or packet contacts do not count for bonus
satellite contact points because the ISS is not an "Amateur Radio
satellite," as event rules specify. Field Day has no specific rules
relating to ARISS operation because there's no guarantee that the crew
will be able to get on the air for the annual exercise.

<snip>


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