Archive - Jan 2006 - Story
International Space Station Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, has achieved his goal of working all US states from NA1SS, and he's continuing his efforts to wrap up DXCC as well. On Saturday, January 21, he worked Alaska for his final state. In addition, he's already worked all continents, including Antarctica, on both VHF and UHF, from NA1SS. McArthur has been one of the most active radio amateurs ever to inhabit the ISS, although the space station crew's activities in advance of a February 3 space walk--or EVA, as NASA calls it--could curtail his casual operating for several days
its not yet confirmed, but we expect NA1SS to have worked 91 different DXCC entities.
Today, on a special pass organized by the NA1SS DXCC Team, he worked: ZB3, LB, TK, EW, S57, T77, 5B8, YU.
In other passes Bill worked HL, HP, PY0S, ST, 5Z.
Thanks for everyone who provided information.
Let's keep up with the good work to reach the DXCC goal!
For three days i try tell my friend Joca PS7JN on this island about the frequency to talk to NA1SS and yesterday Bill make a nice QSO.
Bill McArthur talk Joca PS7JN/PY0S yesterday, on St Peter & St Paul Rocks, More information about this wonderfoul small Lighthouse island visit:
After two passes i ask to Bill:
-Bill did you worked PY0S today?
Congratulations Joca PS7JN and Bill McArthur NA1SS to this great contact.
I not record QSO because the island is close of my QTH, maybe Joca was record the audio, when joca returns i will request if have the audio file.
Special Thanks to Alain, Kenneth and Cor, also to Ed PS7DX to help on this sked.
73 PY5RX Fabiano
listen to the audio file:
Ted, 5Z4NU, reports today working Bill at 1300z and hearing the T2 contact, adding 2 more to the DXCC count.
NASA has a nice article on the SuitSat-1 experiment. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
With the deployment of Suit Sat just days away ISS is due to commence a series of visible morning passes over Europe.....so the question is , will we be able to see the suit too ?
The general opinion is ...Yes. . .although it will be quite faint so this will probably be a binocular object , magnitude 5 or 6.It will also move away from the station within hours of release.
If you have the right equipment why not try to image the two objects together in orbit.
My last attempts to video ISS were thwarted by bad weather.However I did manage to catch it on the evening of Jan 11 , in twilight.
Full report at :
Received from Kenneth G. Ransom, N5VHO:
For those who have been following Bill McArthur's attempt to work 100+ DXCC entities, here is the list of worked entities as of Jan 23.
If you are not on the list, please give Bill a call and help him reach his goal. Information is available at the links at the bottom of the page.
An International Space Station Expedition 12 ARISS school contact has beenplanned with cadets at the Cadet Ham Radio Club, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, USA on Thursday, 26 January 2006.The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:13 UTC.
The contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and W2KGY. The contact should be audible to anyone in the Northeastern region of the USA and Southeastern portions of Canada.
Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
Russia's space agency has postponed the launch of the next manned mission to the international space station by one week, to March 30. The launch, which had been scheduled for March 22, is to carry Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, American Jeffery Williams and Brazilian Marcos Cesar Pontes.
Launch was postponed because problems were discovered with elements of the spacecraft's control system, and that parts would have to be replaced and fully tested.