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Differences from Point-to-Point Logs QSOs between amateurs is generally point-to-point except in cases of Repeaters and Satellites, which take an input signal on one frequency and transmit it out on another frequency, often on an entirely different band.

So, the primary determinant of a satellite log entry is that the Propagation Mode should be set to "SAT". This triggers most of the changes outlined here. If the Propagation Mode is not set to "SAT", then the QSO will generally be treated as a normal point-to-point QSO, and many of the features we describe here will not be available. So make sure your logger is capturing Propagation Mode and is supplying the ADIF tag "PROP_MODE", even if nothing else is changed in the ADIF upload.

It is important to note that simply putting the satellite name and/or mode into the Comments of your logs will NOT trigger any of the features we describe here, because it's impossible to automatically parse comment lines to find that information. However, we do occasionally look manually through comments to see if we can extract that information and put it into the correct fields. Just don't count on us doing that very often! With 10,000 new logs being uploaded every hour, we don't have the manpower to do that.

Satellite Mode and Satellite Name In order to properly determine the uplink frequency band, the Satellite Mode (ADIF: SAT_MODE) should be provided. For instance, a Mode B satellite QSO is done by transmitting in the 70cm band and receiving in the 2m band. The BAND information in your log (and in the uploaded ADIF record) should say "70cm". Don't confuse this with the communication MODE, which might be SSB or CW or FM, etc.

Most satellite operators are pretty certain about which satellite they are communication through, because the uplinks and downlinks vary, so specifying the Satellite Name (ADIF: SAT_NAME) in your logs is of value to the recipient of the card as well. There are unfortunately no standards for the Satellite Name, so the CAS-3B satellite might also be named "XW-2B", or someone may decide to use the NORAD number 40911 or some other colloquial name.

Where possible, we would encourage use of the naming provided on this page below under the heading of Some Active Satellites, which was taken generally from as a starting point. This will allow us to produce eAwards based on accumulating a certain number of QSOs on different satellites, without causing our eAward Managers a lot of grief trying to look up cross-references!

Changes to the displayed eQSL On a displayed eQSL, we will ensure there is no confusion by either naming the satellite and the mode, or by using the term "Sat Mode" if we don't have the name. Examples are: "AO-7 Mode B SSB", "SatMode J CW", etc. In cases where there is no Satellite Mode supplied in the log, we will designate any PropMode SAT contacts by displaying "UPLINK: 70cm", etc., where the "Band" would normally be displayed, to eliminate confusion as to whether the band is for uplink or downlink.
Changes to the InBox, Archive, and OutBox We will always display any Propagation Mode, generally in parentheses in the Mode/Submode column. If a Satellite Mode is specified, it will generally be displayed in parentheses in the Band column. And if a Satellite Name is specified, it will generally be displayed in parentheses at the beginning of the Comments column.

The Inbox and Outbox Selector screens already allow you to filter on Propagation Mode, and so you can already filter on satellite QSOs by clicking on the Propagation Mode SAT hyperlink or using the filter form.

ADIF Downloads The "Download Inbox" and "Download OutBox" programs will include PROP_MODE, SAT_NAME, and/or SAT_MODE tags effective immediately.
Manual Log Entry and Editing Outbox records If you are not using a logger but want to enter satellite QSOs properly, when you pull up the Manual Log Entry screen, click on the hyperlink next to Propagation Mode that switches to the specialized satellite entry form, or click the appropriate button at the top of the form to switch between Satellite and Non-Satellite QSO entry forms. When using the Satellite entry form, the Propagation Mode will automatically be set to SAT, so there is no dropdown necessary.

We use the same entry form for modifying an existing Outbox record. Click on the EDIT button for any Outbox contact you want to update, and change the Propagation Mode to "Satellite", then SAVE the record and click the Edit button on the Outbox screen again and you can now edit the record on the proper satelite form.

Satellite Modes in the Manual Log Entry dropdown A = Uplink: 2m Downlink: 10m
AU = Uplink: 10m Downlink: 70cm
B = Uplink: 70cm Downlink: 2m
J = Uplink: 2m Downlink: 70cm
K = Uplink: 15m Downlink: 10m
L = Uplink: 23cm Downlink: 70cm
LU = Uplink: 23cm Downlink: 70cm
SX = Uplink: 13cm Downlink: 3cm
T = Uplink: 15m Downlink: 2m
UV = Uplink: 70cm Downlink: 2m
VU = Uplink: 2m Downlink: 70cm
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