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.

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 14:56

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 13:29

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 18:36

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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Tom Marshburn (NA1SS) - UAH Space Hardware Club - 21 Mar 2013

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AL0I – Thu, 2013 – 03 – 21 13:00

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 12:29

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

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W3MAT – Thu, 2013 – 02 – 28 13:01

http://www.arrl.org/news/international-space-station-experiences-loss-of-communications-with-ground-control

ISS Amateur Radio

At approximately 9:45 AM EST (1445 UTC) on Tuesday, February 19, the International Space Station (ISS) experienced a loss of communication with the ground. At that time, flight controllers in Houston were updating the software onboard the ISS’s flight computers when one of the ISS’s data relay systems malfunctioned. The primary computer that controls critical station functions defaulted to a backup computer, but it did not allow the ISS to communicate with NASA’s tracking and data relay satellites.

PY4MAB – Thu, 2013 – 02 – 21 12:53

Upcoming ARISS contact with Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy, United Kingdom

ARISS

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy, United Kingdom on 12 February.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2013 – 02 – 12 05:10

ARISS switches to Ericsson radio after experiencing problems with the Kenwood D700

ISS Amateur Radio

After experiencing issues with the Kenwood D700 on two consecutive
school contacts, ARISS will use the Ericsson radio on the Columbus
module for ARISS contacts until problems with the D700 are resolved.

PY4MAB – Sun, 2013 – 02 – 10 17:49

ISS SpEx Shadow Australian timetable

ISS News

Here are the times that you can expect to hear the SpEx Shadow beacon from the ISS over Australia. The Space Station is only visible for a little over 10 minutes as it travels over your location. If you are tuned into 145.825 with a packet radio decoder 1200 baud, you should be able to decode some signals that will translate into some text similar to this sample from a previous test over Europe.

G4HYG>BEACON,RS0ISS-4* :SpEx SHADOW 20:35:39 *GB* 13-10-2012/
G4HYG>BEACON,RS0ISS-4* :SpEx SHADOW 20:35:54 *GB* 13-10-2012/

VK3UKF – Thu, 2013 – 01 – 31 15:16
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