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Hello Bruce,

I hope you and yours have the very best of this holiday season.

For the ARRL DXCC, WAS,  and VUCC programs with a separate SATELLITE 
designation, the only special  requirement is  that the
QSL indicates a satellite QSO, in addition to the normal QSL 
information. Why make things more complex with LOTW ?

As I have mentioned in a prior posting, the LOTW unfairly discriminates 
against these satellite qso's by requiring more
and different details than any other ARRL award.

For example, a 20M operator has a valid  RTTY QSO and is applying for a 
RTTY DXCC award.
There is only the requirement to indicate RTTY on the QSL card or with 
the LOTW data entered.
There is NO requirement to indicate the RTTY fsk split, or the specific 
mod/demod used.

The LOTW needs to "keep things simple". Use only the designation of   

Other supplementary data in a comments column may include the exact 
satellite designation like
 AO-40 or AO40, SAUDI SAT 1C,  or whatever

The LOTW needs to be reprogrammed to facilitate recognition of valid 
satellite QSO's.

Only with AMSAT leadership (emphasis) can this faux paux (sp) be corrected.

Stan, WA1ECF

Bruce Paige wrote:

>Here is the list of the valid Satellite Names and the Valid Dates for the 
>QSO's. No other satellites are valid for LOTW. 
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