Archive - Oct 2003 - Story
The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League report that the new two-ham crew of Expedition 8 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Foale, KB5UAC, and Russian Cosmonaut and ISS Flight Engineer Alexander "Sasha" Kaleri, U8MIR, officially took over the reins of the
International Space Station this week. A formal change-of-command ceremony
took place Friday, October 24
The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League report that during a Symposium, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, outlined the delivery of the
so-called Phase 2 ham equipment to the ISS. A Progress rocket already has
delivered a Kenwood TM-D700E VHF/UHF transceiver to the ISS. The unit will
mean a significant boost to the power output of the ARISS initial station
gear--from 5 W to 25 W.
Miles Mann (MAREX-MG) reports on the SAREX newsletter that astronaut Mike Foale will fix the packet radio if he gets permission to integrate the repair in his work schedule.
ZL2CIA reports on AMSAT-BB:
«The digipeater on the ISS seems to be working again. I heard my own packets (shown below) returned on 145.800.
ARISS Chairman, Frank Bauer, asks USA & Russian space agencies to increase ham radio operation and maintenance aboard ISS.
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The first ARISS School Contact to be performed by Pedro is with the Colegio CEIP of Seixalbo in Ourense, Spain on Thursday 23 October 2003 at 13:32 UTC, which is 15:32 local time.
Download frequency is 145.800 MHz FM. Amateur stations in southwestern Europe are invited to listen to Pedro, ED4ISS answering in Spanish the questions prepared by the children:
- Michael Foale, KB5UAC
- Alexander Kaleri, U8MIR
- Pedro Duque, KC5RGG
- Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP
- Ed Lu, KC5WKJ
1 70001U 03288.67700930 .00036000 00000-0 19749-3 0 17
2 70001 42.4080 26.2791 0004797 163.8920 321.6647 15.78791273 101
Let's see what happens up there :-)
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Taikonaut Yang Liwei, 38 years old, is the first man China has sent to space on its own.
The mission will last 21 hours, and took off from a remote site in the Gobi Desert.
This is a historic milestone for the their secretive space programme, which could lead to a manned mission to the moon.
Full story at space.com