Archive - Mar 2006 - Story

Bill closer to having WAS from Space confirmed

ISS Amateur Radio

The ARRL QSL bureau that handles the ISS cards reports that Bill now has 49 out of 50 states confimed. The last card needed is WY. The card is in transit but has not arrived at the ARRL as of March 30. Once this card arrives, ARRL can certify that Bill worked all 50 states and will begin the paper work to award an honorary WAS certificate.

N5VHO – Fri, 2006 – 03 – 31 18:37

March 29th

Expedition 13 Launches, Begins Mission

ISS News

Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams began their mission Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. EST. They launched aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Joining them for several days before returning home with Expedition 12 is Brazil's first astronaut Marcos Pontes.

PY4MAB – Thu, 2006 – 03 – 30 04:17

Status Report Wednesday, March 29, 2006

ISS Status Report

The 13th crew of the International Space Station roared away from Kazakhstan today and into orbit atop a Russian Soyuz rocket.

Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov, NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams and Brazilian Space Agency Astronaut Marcos Pontes will dock to the station late Friday. Vinogradov and Williams will spend six months on the complex during Expedition 13. Pontes, flying under a commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency, will stay on the station for eight days.


PY4MAB – Thu, 2006 – 03 – 30 04:16

March 27th

March 31th: Australian ARISS QSO on IRLP 9010


Audio from the Briar Hill Primary School, Brair Hill, Australia ARISS contact with NA1SS will be available on IRLP "Discovery" Reflector 9010. This telebridge event is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 31, 2006 at 0859 UTC via VK5ZAI. Audio feed to 9010 will begin at 0850 UTC.

Streaming audio will also be available through (expect a 2 to 3 minute delay on this stream).

For information regarding future ARISS/IRLP audio distribution on "Discovery" Reflector 9010 visit it's companion website at

The ARISS/IRLP Audio Distribtion Project is supported by ARISS International.

VE1WPH – Mon, 2006 – 03 – 27 20:45

Successful unscheduled ISS contact in the Octopus Elementary School, Holland

ISS Amateur Radio

The Octopus Elementary school in Holland is very active in amateur radio.
During March 25th a special ham radio event involved the following activities:

International Space Station (ISS).
Amateur Television
Making small electronic circuits
DARES emergency radio
Morse Code

During the activities we where lucky that Bill McArthur had some time to come on the radio so we could show the children that with our beautiful wireless hobby, we also can talk with astronauts in Space.
In the first (good) ISS pass the school director Dick (PA0DFN) made a QSO with astronaut McArthur (NA1SS).

Anonymous – Mon, 2006 – 03 – 27 16:14

ISS Expedition 13 two-ham crew set to launch


The International Space Station Expedition 13 crew of Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS (left), and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, are in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, preparing for their Soyuz launch March 30 (at 0230 UTC) to the ISS. The Expedition 12 crew of Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, and Valery Tokarev this week moved their Soyuz spacecraft into position on the Zvezda module for their April 8 return flight. Vinogradov and Williams are scheduled to dock at the station April 1 at 0419 UTC. Brazil's first astronaut, Marcos Pontes, will join the Expedition 13 crew for the trip into space and will spend a week aboard the ISS conducting research under a commercial agreement between the Brazilian Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency. Brazilian telecommunications authorities have granteed Pontes the call sign PY0AEB for use on his space journey, and there are plans for him to conduct Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contacts during his mission. Pontes will return to Earth April 8 with McArthur and Tokarev, who've been in space since last October. NASA reports they've been focusing this week on packing and preparing for the trip home as well as continuing several science experiments that study plants in weightlessness and crystal growth in space. McArthur also took time to talk via NA1SS with students in Canada and Italy during separate ARISS contacts.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2006 – 03 – 27 15:40

March 26th

ISS downlink frequency

ISS Amateur Radio

Recently, we had the wonderful happening of "Suitsat" that spurred the interest of many young minds. The frequency of 145.990 is in the OSCAR sub band (145.800-146.000) as indicated by the ARRL in their well publicized band plan. Many interlopers find their way into this clear portion of 2 meters unknowingly using these sub bands causing headaches to those that were straining to hear this event. Even using nearby frequencies can cause problems when the super ears are listening for the birds. Also, 145.800 the ISS downlink, is in this same sub band and is being used in many metro areas for chit-chat and other experiments. We must remind each other that the band plan was put in place to assist us in utilizing the spectrum effectively. Those that just hear nothing and start a QSO should be reminded about how wide their signal is and that they are causing many well intentioned hams trying to make contact with the satellites unintentional interference. There may not be a satellite signal every minute of the day in these sub bands but when they are there, terrestrial stations are not listening with big enough ears as someone with an OSCAR caliber setup. Point these sub bands out to all at your next club meeting or get together.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2006 – 03 – 27 03:43

March 25th

ISS Commander on a Roll, Completes Another Set of Back-to-Back School QSOs


With Expedition 12 drawing to a close in April, ISS Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, has been working hard to speak via Amateur Radio with students at as many schools as possible. As of today, he's logged 34 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program school contacts from NA1SS--far and away more than any other previous ISS crew member has managed in a single mission. On St Patrick's Day, March 17, McArthur chatted with students at high schools in Maryland and Ohio on successive orbits. Something a bit out of the ordinary occurred during the contact with Bowie High School in Maryland, when one student asked his questions in Russian. Because all ISS crew members are bi-lingual, McArthur was able to respond in kind.

PY4MAB – Sat, 2006 – 03 – 25 13:45