Archive - Mar 2006 - Story
Several radio amateurs in Hawaii are smiling this week after working ISS Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, March 5 at the helm of NA1SS in space. "We had perhaps 12 to 15 stations--maybe more--make contact during the 8-minute, 20-second pass," reports Ron Hashiro, AH6RH. "I can tell you that all those stations were super, super excited to work Bill--especially some of those who scored their first space contact since becoming a ham." Acting on a tip that NA1SS might be on the air for the early-morning pass, Hashiro and four others set up on the beach at Waikiki, and he was the first and the last station to work NA1SS. The pass was not particularly ideal, but Hashiro said the NA1SS signal was "clear as a bell" considering the 1100-mile distance involved, coupled with 3 kHz of Doppler shift. Hashiro convened a net about 10 minutes before the 1:08 AM pass and got six check-ins. Incoming (and former) ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider, AH6J, was among those snagging a contact with NA1SS, as was Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) veteran Earth station op Dick Flagg, AH6NM. Hashiro told ARRL that for McArthur to show up on the pass and be able to share it with others "really meant a lot to them and to me." On the beach (L-R in photo): Hans Kashiwabara, KH7GN; David Cabatu, AH7E; Ann Miller, KH6W; Ernie Murphy, NH7L, and Hashiro.
I saw the mention of the new QSL's being provided but did not find that anyone had yet posted a picture of one. It is a beautiful new card, and I recently received one for voice contact with Bill McArthur. If you'd like to see it, here is a link:
Entering the homestretch of a half-year mission, International Space Station Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev monitored the departure of one of two Russian cargo ships today.
Filled with trash and items no longer needed, the Progress 19 vehicle undocked from the Zvezda living quarters module at 5:06 a.m. EST. Three hours later, Russian flight controllers commanded its engines to fire to put it on course to plunge into the atmosphere and burn up over the Pacific Ocean. The cargo ship was docked to the station since September 2005.
Heads of space agencies partnering in the International Space Station Thursday announced a sequence of space flights that would result in completion of the orbiting laboratory by 2010.
The agencies unanimously endorsed the plan which focuses initially on assembly of the space station and defers utilization. Leaders of U.S, Canadian, French, Japanese and Russian space agencies all praised the updated plan.
After receiving the new ARISS QSL cards (postcards used to confirm general contacts), ARRL Headquarters' staff has now fulfilled the
backlog of 100 cards. They have currently collected 43 cards toward Bill's Worked All States award.
A second class in Amateur Radio license training was held on Friday, February 24. Astronauts Jim Dutton, Shane Kimbrough, and Tom
Marshburn attended. Astronauts Chris Cassidy, Randy Bresnik and Bobby Satcher will be scheduled for their second session at a later date.
Two astronauts cast off a spent cargo ship from the International Space Station (ISS) early Friday in move that will free up a docking port outside the orbital laboratory.
ISS Expedition 12 commander Bill McArthur and flight engineer Valery Tokarev undocked the Russian-built Progress 19 vehicle, an unmanned supply ship that sat at the aft end of the station's Zvezda service module since its Sept. 10 arrival.