During 1996, a group of amateur radio operators involved in the communications with the MIR Space Station, decided to join into the "Mir Fan Club". In a very short time over 1200 enthusiasts from all over the world asked to participate, including Cosmonaut Valery Korzun, while leading crew #22. Nowdays MIR is not flying anymore, but here we are again with the same spirit and the same enthusiasm for the ISS, the new International Space Station.

IR0ISS Logbook available

ISS Amateur Radio

Francesco IK0WGF (AMSAT Italy) informed us that the IR0ISS callbook is now available via QRZ.COM.

The log can also be consulted at the following url's:

- http://www.ik1sld.org/ir0iss
- https://reports.zoho.com/ZDBDataSheetView.cc?DBID=412218000000293001

alain – Sat, 2013 – 08 – 17 12:49

Luca Parmitano (NA1SS) - 2013 BSA National Jamboree, Mount Hope, WV, USA, 1535 UTC on 20 July 2013

Luca Parmitano (NA1SS) speaks to scouts at the 2013 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree at Mount Hope, WV, USA, at 1535 UTC on 20 July 2013 via K2BSA. He answered the following questions:

1. Were you in Scouting as a youth or as an adult leader?
2. In Scouting we practice “Leave No Trace”, meaning that we leave campsites as we found them. How do you practice “Leave No Trace” in space?
3. I am working on the Robotics Merit Badge and would like to know how robots are being used on the space station.
4. Have you ever put up a satellite in space?

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AL0I – Sat, 2013 – 07 – 20 16:38

HamTV Project to Open 'A New Era' for ARISS

ARISS

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS http://ariss.rac.ca/) program hopes an Amateur Radio digital TV system will be up and running aboard the International Space Station by later this year. A project initiated by AMSAT-Italy http://www.amsat.it/, HamTV would provide one-way video and audio from the ISS to complement the FM radio voice link used for ARISS school group radio contacts.

PY4MAB – Sat, 2013 – 07 – 13 17:59

Ham video for the ISS announced by ARISS

ARISS

ARISS-Europe Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF has drafted an overview of a new 'Ham Video' DATV downlink system on S-Band being developed for placement on the International Space Station later this year.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2013 – 06 – 17 13:38

Scott Kelly 1 yr mission

Space News

If you haven't heard NASA has announced that Scott Kelly will be at the international space station for an entire year this will be the longest mission to the ISS that has ever happened the mission will start in April of 2015 and end in April 2016 the point of this mission is to see how humans can live in space for a year the prepare humans for the journey to mars

griffinh – Fri, 2013 – 04 – 26 13:56

Commander Chris Hardield OR4ISS - Innalik School, Inukjuak, Nunavut, Canada - April 12,2013 - 17:29 UTC

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Innalik School, Inukjuak, Nunavut, Canada on 12 April. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:30 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD.

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IK1SLD – Fri, 2013 – 04 – 12 12:29

Two Radio Hams scheduled to head to ISS today

ISS Amateur Radio

The ARRL reports that NASA will televise the launch and docking of
its next mission to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning at 1930 UT on Thursday, March 28

PY4MAB – Fri, 2013 – 03 – 29 17:36

Dr. Tom Marshburn (NA1SS) - University of Alabama at Huntsville Space Hardware Club, Huntsville , AL, 1549 UTC on 21 March 2013

Dr. Tom Marshburn (NA1SS) speaks to students at the University of Alabama at Huntsville Space Hardware Club, Huntsville , AL, at 1549 UTC on 21 March 2013 via K4UAH. Dr. Marshburn answered the following questions:

1. What is your greatest challenge on the Space Station?
2. Is it fun to be an astronaut?
3. How long is your training before you go to space?
4. How do you stay entertained in space?
5. Are astronaut suits comfortable?
6. Do the stars look bigger in space than they do on Earth?
7. What does Earth look like from space?
8. How is life in microgravity?

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AL0I – Thu, 2013 – 03 – 21 12:00

ARISS - K4UAH, March 21 2013 - 15:52 UTC

Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn taking questions from the group at K4UAH. This pass was at 14 degrees to the west of central Pennsylvania and recorded using a Yaesu FT-60R handheld on an Arrow 146-437 antenna.

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W3MAT – Thu, 2013 – 03 – 21 11:29

ARISS Contact with W1TMS February 28, 2013 at 15:55 UTC

Cmdr Kevin Ford talking with W1TMS, Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon, CT. This was a 40 degree pass over central Pennsylvania (FN11). The clicking heard is the old Alliance antenna rotor working in the background.

Questions heard were;

1 Kimberyly ... The distance traveled in a day and what the crew can see on earth.
2 Aneshia ... Space debris and risk of the ISS being struck
3 Mikiah ... How life in zero gravity compares to life on earth
4 Kylie ... What to study in school to become an astronaut
5 Michael ... Messes in orbit

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W3MAT – Thu, 2013 – 02 – 28 12:01
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