ARRL Headquarters
ARISS QSL Expedition-1 (or 2, etc.)
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111-1494 USA
Radio Amateurs of Canada
ARISS QSL Expedition-1 (or 2, etc.)
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
Ottawa Ontario
K1G 0Z5
F1MOJ - Mr CANDEBAT Christophe
ARISS-Europe QSL Manager
19 Chemin des Escoumeilles
66820 Vernet les Bains
JARL International Section
Tokyo 170-8073
Alexander Davydov, RN3DK
Novo - Mytishchinsky prospekt 52 - 111
Mytishchi 18, 141018

By opening this site, I came

By opening this site, I came to know about ISS Fan club and the most important aspects I found is earning awards, contesting, and collecting QSL card. But I don't know how to get involve in such a nice fan club. I am curious to know further about it. Any kinds of kind response would be deserved to be appreciated.
Thank you,

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-08-06 06:35.

Hello Dosurfin

Hello Dosurfin,

Glad you found this site. As to being a "fan" I guess all that would be required would be an interest in the space station. That said, many here are licensed Amateur radio operators AKA "Hams." This allows us the opportunity and privilege to make 2 way radio contacts with the ISS. Once we can get the contact confirmed time in UTC, date, and frequency via a QSL card. We fire our card off to the respective address listed on this website. In a few weeks, we receive our much-awaited QSL card confirming our contact with the ISS. While I have not actually tried it, you could probably also get a QSL card as a SWL (short wave listener). This would require you actually listening to an ISS conversation with a ground station (ham). Then log the previously mentioned info UTC time, date, and possibly bit about the conversation, call letters of operators if possible. You would then again, send this to the respective address for you area along with a SASE self-addressed stamped envelope. As far as just listening goes, to catch the crew in actual voice contact normally only happens in their off duty hours. This is to say don't expect to hear them on every pass over your area. You can usually check this website to see at what times others copied them from your area of the world. You would also need to know their orbital path and times they would be in range of your area. This can be found on a number of websites. (Heavens Above is good) After all no point in listening, if they are out of range. As far as equipment to "listen" to them all that is required is a FM radio that will tune their downlink voice frequency 145.800mhz + or -. Even a cheap scanner will probably suffice. On a near overhead pass they are super easy to pick up on a handi-talky. For a farther away pass a little bit more antenna would possibly be required and a clear shot in their direction. Going from the Ham radio side of the picture there's tons of info on the web about getting you license, setting up a station and tips on making contacts with the ISS. There are even a few cool videos on You Tube. Hopefully I've not clouded the issue for you too much. I'm sure others can add more tips for you. Main thing is if your not a ham go for just listening for them. It's quite a thrill to just hear them on the air. Keep in mind you'll only hear their side of the conversation. To listen is great but actually making contact is better. I've been fortunate enough to make two contacts in the last few weeks. Both times when Col. Wheelock came back to me I pretty much fell apart like a dollar watch! Ha The ultimate thrill !!

Good Luck!


Submitted by KB5RUZ on Fri, 2010-08-06 12:30.

QSL card from ISS

I wish to thank Cristophe Candebat for replay to confirm my qso contact with I.S.S.
Qsl arived in 18 days.
73s de IW0fko

Submitted by iw0fko on Mon, 2009-11-30 08:47.

about "25th Anniversary Certificate"

I made contact with the ISS in 1-way on 07,JAN,2009 and then sent a QSL card with SASE to USA ARISS for "25th Anniversary Certificate" on 22,JAN,2009.But till now I haven't received response yet. What's up ? BG4GIF QTH:Shanghai,China
Submitted by BG4GIF on Mon, 2009-04-13 11:13.

I had to wait for at least 8

I had to wait for at least 8 months, but the wait was worth-wile. Too bad during the postage shipping my certificate got damaged (has a puncture hole in it)

Send the people an a-mail and just ask...

73', de PE1PQX André

Submitted by PE1PQX on Wed, 2009-10-07 08:08.


I want to send a SASE, how much is the postage going to be or by what means do I send funds to cover postage?
I am in Scotland, the Post Office have told me how much it is to send my QSL and SASE to France but cannot tell me how much it costs to get the SASE back again. Can anyone enlighten me ?



Submitted by MM0EFJ on Tue, 2009-02-10 17:27.

SASE cost

usualy is 1 IRC

Submitted by yo9gjx on Sat, 2009-08-08 08:08.

How to get this special certificate?

Tonight(UTC 14:10 7,Jan,2009) I received the voice between NA1SS and BD4CZX on 437.800 with signal 53.How can I get the certifcate this time?
Should I send my QSL include SASE to USA ARISS address?How to know the postage and get the U.S stamp?Thanx a lot!VY 73~


Submitted by BG4GIF on Wed, 2009-01-07 12:35.

Re: How to get this special certificate?

Thank you vy much~

Submitted by BG4GIF on Wed, 2009-01-07 20:35.

Certificate info

This link has the info.

Kenneth - N5VHO
Support ARISS (select "Human Spaceflight (ARISS))

Submitted by N5VHO on Wed, 2009-01-07 12:41.

Bad postal address


I want to say that my postal address has changed.

now, my postal address is:

F1MOJ - Mr CANDEBAT christophe
ARISS-Europe QSL Manager
19 Chemin des Escoumeilles
66820 Vernet les Bains


The picture of the qsl is wrong too.

73 F1MOJ Christophe

Submitted by F1MOJ on Sat, 2007-10-27 16:03.


Someone else from ARISS beside Kenneth realized this website do exist...
Very good

Thanks Christophe, and please come back

Submitted by alain on Mon, 2007-10-29 20:12.


Thanks for the update.
Kenneth - N5VHO
Support ARISS (select "Human Spaceflight (ARISS))

Submitted by N5VHO on Sat, 2007-10-27 17:40.


Bonjour Christophe

SWL F-17468

j'aimerais savoir les conditions pour obtenir la QSL de ISS
depuis la France.

Une enveloppe Self adressé suffit - elle ?
est elle payante ?

merci de me faire suivre les informations et au plaisir.



Submitted by F-17468 on Wed, 2016-04-27 05:47.

Made contact

Can someone help me throught the QSL card process, made first contact ith Bill, now would love to have a card from NA1SS..Thanks in advance for any replys..........

Submitted by K5ATL on Tue, 2006-03-21 09:49.

Re: Made contact

[quote=K5ATL]Can someone help me throught the QSL card process, made first contact ith Bill, now would love to have a card from NA1SS..Thanks in advance for any replys..........[/quote]
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2006-05-07 18:09.


Made QSO with NA1SS 29 Jan 2006 and airmailed QSL to ARRL Hdqtrs.
with SAE coupons and stamps . No QSL yet.

Submitted by Camilo A. Castillo on Fri, 2006-03-10 17:39.


I made contact with the ISS last August 26th and sent QSL card to the ARRL and Europe QSL managers. I haven't received response yet. What's up ??.

Submitted by XQ7UP on Thu, 2006-03-23 00:42.


ARRL ran out of cards for a while and just recently got new ones. I believe they are now caught up so it is likely that your card is in the return mail. A card to Europe could take quite a while to make the trip via post.

I presume you did include return postage (IRC or $$) and a self addressed envelope?

Kenneth - N5VHO

Submitted by N5VHO on Wed, 2006-03-29 09:54.

No Return Postage

Kenneth I made a contact on the 21st of March at 01:30 with Bill, I also sent in a QSL card, but I did not know that a self addressed envelope and postage was required......What should I do to ensure I will still recieve one, send another one, but with the proper return requirements??

Submitted by K5ATL on Fri, 2006-03-31 12:38.


I QSO'ed with Bill on 3 Jan, sent in my QSL the next day and received his ISS card via the ARRL on March 4. Be patient; the card will arrive.

73 de
Gene Smar AD3F
Rockville, MD USA

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2006-03-15 20:30.


K6KOZ - April 16, 2009 - 10:47
Some encouraging news for those who are waiting for a QSL Card or Certificate:

I had a FM Voice QSO with Mike Fincke on 12/25/08 (Christmas Morning). on 144.490/145.800 MHz.
I mailed my QSL Card to the listed ARRL Headquarters Address in the USA on 12/26/08.
I received a NA1SS QSL Card back by return mail in the middle of Feb. 2009. So it took approx. 2 months to receive a reply.
Have patience, you will receive one back, it just takes time!!!.
73 de K6KOZ, "Koz".

Submitted by K6KOZ on Thu, 2009-04-23 07:51.

QSL card from ISS

I sent my QSL card to Mr. Candebat (F1MOJ) ,ARISS qsl menager for Europe,with SASE in which
I put 2 euros on 12th of Aprile 2009.
QSL card arived after 15 days.
Thanks MR. Candebat
73 Goran

Submitted by 9A5BCA on Tue, 2009-05-05 13:05.

I have received my QSL card

I have received my QSL card from the USA but was wanting to know if the other countries cards are different. If I want one from another country do I just send a SASE with US postage and my QSL card?

Submitted by KD5YUQ on Mon, 2010-09-27 22:54.


Good morning to everyone, my name is Adalberto and i come from Rome. First of all i would like to thanks a lot Mr Candebat Christophe for the qsl. I wrote to him a letter in the beginning of February, and in the middle of the month the qsl was sent by Ariss. Thank's a lot, is a big pleasure for me.
I have a big passion for the space and for the iss, and i hope to hear again the comunications between ground and air.
Have a nice evening to all people.

Submitted by I0327_RM on Fri, 2011-02-18 09:02.

QSL process

as a new member to ISS fanclub I have a question about the procedure.
In order to get a ISS QSL card, is my completed QSL card sufficient enough to receice the ISS QSL card, or does there be a recording to prove it.

73, 2E0PIL

Peter de Groot, UK

Submitted by PA5PIL on Sat, 2012-01-07 15:27.

RS0ISS-11 BBS packet

Do you get a qsl card if you post a msg on the RS0ISS-11 bulletin board asking for one? I would like to have one. A fellow ham said that I should try doing that. Its my first attempts at doing any packet on ham radio so trying to connect to the space station was lots of fun. I did make contact tonight. I guess the last try was around 10:20PM 2.19.12 i was able to see it in the BBS list too.


Submitted by kg4ceo on Mon, 2012-02-20 00:46.

Lost Original QSL contact with Cmdr William McArthur NA1SS

I lost my original QSL from NA1SS Cmdr William McArthur after assisting Morristown TN Merit Badge College. I am about to help JOTA Jamboree on the Air soon and would like to know if I acquire a duplicate of the one and only contact with ISS.
Ed L Bradley W4VGI

Submitted by w4vgi on Thu, 2012-10-18 17:24.

ISS QSL size / SASE question

What is the size of the ISS QSL card?

This would determine the size of the SASE a person needs to send to receive the ISS QSL card.

In advance, many thanks!


Richard, NW7OR

Submitted by NW7OR on Mon, 2013-08-19 21:46.

Too Bad We Don't Use Them

To been be able to to use the machines back in the day would have been pretty cool. Especially since that would have been the only way of communicating not like now.

Submitted by Rias1934 on Tue, 2014-09-09 10:29.


Dear Christophe,

I sent today a QSL Request with 2 IRC and SAE to:

14 bis, Rue des Gourlis
F-92500 Rueil Malmaison

Now I found out (see it on this page) that you changed your address?!

Do you get it on this address too?

Please get in contact with me via email:

73, Kai

Submitted by DE5KAI on Mon, 2014-12-22 15:11.

Contact ISS for a coms check

Hi I'm new to this site and I am in the military. I would like to contact the ISS as it passes over my site. I am currently deployed to Jordan. I have an Harris 150, HF radio to reach the ISS on the Freq's 2.422 and 2.437GHz,these are the ones from the web I found, unless someone know more. I know the when the ISS is passing over Jordan 10 SEP 05:12AM for 4 min. any help would be greatly appreciated.


Submitted by Chrisv2330 on Wed, 2015-09-09 15:15.

QSL card for ARISS School contact programme

An ARISS school contact programme has been organised for H.A.L. School Lucknow, India students on 12th May 2016 at 0811 Hrs UTC. In which Tim Kopra KE5UDN answered the questions of students.

I do feel very much delighted to know whether the students alongwith the teacher who participated in programme may get the QSL card from ARISS.

If yes, what should we do.

If we get soft copies of the QSL cards, we can take printout of QSL cards at our end.

Pl do reply.

Dinesh Ch Sharma, VU2DCT
email :

Submitted by vu2dct on Wed, 2016-06-08 05:57.

Standard QSL process

Just follow the standard QSL process for your region.

Submitted by N5VHO on Wed, 2016-06-08 15:30.

Re: Contact ISS for a coms check -=Chris US ARMY=-

Hello Chris,

ISS transmitting DATV Digital Amateur Television between 2.422 GHz 2.437 GHz.
It requires a DATV receiver and a yagi or dish.
Maybe more interesting for you to listen ISS contacts with schools, these are done in analog voice mode on 145.800Mhz (FM).
Sceduled ARISS school contacts will be anounced on: (See upcomming contacts).
These school contacts can be heard with a simple scanner receiver and vetical base antenna in open air.
If you have questions let me know.

73s Cor PD0RKC

Submitted by pd0rkc on Thu, 2015-09-10 17:20.

Re: F1MOJ -=DE5KAI=-

Hello Kai,

I have sended you an personal e-mail with more information to
contact F1MOJ.

73s Cor PD0RKC

Submitted by pd0rkc on Mon, 2014-12-22 16:20.


Could you pls send me too the correct address where to send the SASE for asking the QSL?

Thank you

Submitted by IZ2WTZ on Thu, 2015-01-22 03:19.

Re: F1MOJ ARISS QSL manager Europe -=IZ2WTZ=-

Hello Stefano,

See above or look at issfanclub menu QSL.
It is the same address as on
Dont forget to include a 2 euro coin.

73s Cor PD0RKC

Submitted by pd0rkc on Thu, 2015-01-22 13:31.


Thank you Cor for yr reply.
If I well understood, I have to send the SASE without any stamp
and a 2€ coin to cover the cost of the french stamp that Mr. Candebat
will use to send the Qsl to Italy, right?

I know it's a childlike question, but I have no experience.. :)


Submitted by IZ2WTZ on Fri, 2015-01-23 05:23.

Re: QSL -=IZ2WTZ=-

Hello Stefano,

SASE + your QSL card + 2 euro.
Yes the 2 euro is to cover the costs for the ARISS manager to
send you the ISS QSL.
F1MOJ is the ARISS manager for Europe also for Italia!
The new ISS QSL card desing is verry beautiful.
Maybe the most special QSL in your QSL collection! (hi).

73's Cor PD0RKC

Submitted by pd0rkc on Sat, 2015-01-24 09:38.

Re: ISS QSL size -=NW7OR=-

Hi Richard,

I have checked the last ISS QSL design and the size is:
14cm x 9cm

73's Cor PD0RKC

Submitted by pd0rkc on Tue, 2013-08-20 07:15.


So, the card is about the same size as mine.
Hmm...Makes me wonder why it is suggested to send a large envelope. But, that's no big deal.

Many thanks Cor.


Richard, NW7OR

Submitted by NW7OR on Thu, 2013-08-22 17:06.


Your completed QSL card is all that is needed. Fill it out just like you would to exchange for any other contact you want confirmed.

Submitted by N5VHO on Mon, 2012-01-09 13:56.

Same QSL card

Each region has the same QSL card. They only change when the supply runs out and ARISS orders a new set. To date there have been two designs. The way Doug is burning through cards we'll probably see a third pretty soon.

Submitted by N5VHO on Tue, 2010-09-28 10:31.

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