AMSAT Rover Award

1. The AMSAT Rover award is granted to stations who achieve a combined 25 points using any combination of the following achievements:

  • 1 base point for each grid square activated outside your home grid square using a single-channel FM satellite transponder.
  • 2 base points for each grid square activated outside your home grid square using a linear (SSB/CW) satellite transponder.
  • 3 base points for each grid square activated outside your home grid square using a digital mode satellite transponder. This includes those carrying digital voice such as LO-90. Other examples: ISS packet, NO-84 PSK31
  • 1 additional point added to each grid square score for activating a state, province, or DX entity outside your home entities. Example: Activating 1 grid square on SSB outside your home DX entity = 2 + 1 = 3 points awarded.
  • 5 additional points for advertising your grid operation using an open and public social media account, tagging @amsat or #amsat at least 24 hours in advance of the activation. These additional points are not multiplied for grid boundary operations. If you operate a two or four-way boundary, only 5 additional points are awarded. Advertisement via the AMSAT-BB email listserv or AMSAT News Service (ANS) will count for this bonus.
  • 5 additional points for photographing your grid operation and posting them afterwards using an open and public social media account, tagging @amsat or #amsat. These additional points are not multiplied for grid boundary operations. If you operate a two or four-way boundary, only 5 additional points are awarded.
  • 10 points for activating a grid square while operating Maritime Mobile (/MM.) This will also result in a /MM endorsement on the award. This supersedes any base point calculation based on mode.
  • 15 points for documenting your grid activation in an article published in the AMSAT Journal. The article must document the planning of your activation, equipment used, and general comments on the lessons learned from the operation.

2. For this award, your home grid is defined by the record of your licensing authority.

3. Two and four-way grid boundaries will count as a multiplier to the qualified points based on mode (FM, SSB/CW, or Digital.) Examples: Two-way grid boundary operated on SSB = 2 x 2 = 4 points awarded. Four-way grid boundary operated on FM = 4 x 1 = 4 points awarded.

4. Eligibility for this award is based on portable satellite operating on or after January 1, 2018.

5. To claim an activation of a grid square, you must complete at least one confirmed two-way QSO from that grid square. You may earn points for activating a grid square on each mode defined above, but must complete at least one confirmed two-way QSO on each mode claimed. Once you have claimed an activation of a grid square on each mode, you may not earn any more base points or bonus points for an activation of that grid (unless you activate another state, province, or DXCC entity from the same grid). Either LoTW QSO detail screenshots or scanned QSL cards may be used as confirmation of an activation. The LoTW screenshot or scanned QSL card must indicate your grid square and satellite used (and complete station location information if you wish to claim extra points for activating a grid square outside your home state, province, or DXCC). Screenshots or URLs of appropriate social media postings for bonus points must indicate grid squares and/or entities activated.

Note: For the purposes of this award, state means any U. S. state plus the District of Columbia. Province means any Canadian province or territory. DXCC entities are as defined on the ARRL DXCC list.

To apply for this award, email your score calculation, details, and required evidence to kk5do@amsat.org. A scoresheet is in development, but is not required to apply for this award.

Rover      Call                          Date Issued
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001           AC0RA                 02 Jan 2018
002           WD9EWK                05 Jan 2018
003           NJ4Y                  08 Jan 2018
004           M0IDA                 09 Jan 2018
005           KG5GJT                12 Jan 2018
006           EB1AO                 18 Jan 2018
007           N7AGF                 22 Jan 2018
008           N4YHC                 29 Jan 2018
009           W0S                   07 Feb 2018
010           KE0PBR                08 Feb 2018
011           K5IX                  18 Feb 2018
012           AK4WQ                 23 Feb 2018
013           WI7P                  25 Feb 2018
014           K5ND                  09 Mar 2018
015           N6UA                  12 Mar 2018
016           N9IP                  16 Mar 2018
017           N4UFO                 04 Apr 2018
018           K7TAB                 27 Apr 2018
019           K8BL                  10 May 2018
020           AD0DX                 16 May 2018
021           HB9WDF                28 May 2018
022           KE4AL                 28 May 2018
023           KE9AJ                 30 May 2018
024           AA8CH                 27 Jun 2018
025           WY7AA                 29 Jun 2018
026           KE8FZT                17 Jul 2018
027           KX9X                  21 Jul 2018
028           K4FTP                 30 Jul 2018
029           KB2YSI                15 Aug 2018
030           N3CRT                 17 Aug 2018
031           N2WLS                 19 Aug 2018
032           K2MTS                 22 Aug 2018
033           AI6DO                 23 Aug 2018
034           KD8RTT                18 Aug 2018
035           AD7DB                 26 Sep 2018
036           AB5SS                 24 Nov 2018
037           W9TWJ                 26 Nov 2018
038           WN9Q                  07 Dec 2018
039           KM6NJL                12 Dec 2018