ISS Amateur Radio

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Expedition 13 Commander active over Siberia

ISS Amateur Radio

As various sources reported, ISS Expetion #13 commander Pavel V. Vinogradov is being active in Russian almost everyday over Siberia, sometimes over European Russia as well.
After these contacts take place, the radio is often left on the Region 1 uplink by mistake even when packet radio is active.
Few days before easter, American Astronaut Jeff Williams exchanged greetings over the Houston area.

alain – Tue, 2006 – 04 – 25 15:45

Send your greetings to Bill McArthur NA1SS

ISS Amateur Radio

Hello All,

Astronaut Bill McArthur was much active on hamradio during his 6 months -
mission aboard the ISS.
McArthur enjoyed amateur radio and gave many amateurs the chance to
talk with an astronaut in a Space Station!
I go to make a CDROM (with nice cover) for McArthur with many mp3 audio files from the -
amateur radio contacts which he made in his mission (also pictures of operators will be included).
In case you have audio files for this CDROM please send to:
In case you know some websites where I can find McArthur (NA1SS) audio recordings let me know!
Also I like to have ISS school contact audio files!!!

pd0rkc – Sun, 2006 – 04 – 23 08:38

ISS crew member gets early start on ham radio

ISS Amateur Radio

Now completing his third week aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 13 ISS Flight Engineer Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, already has been making contacts from NA1SS. Over the Easter weekend, Williams made "a handful of random contacts," according to ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO. The ISS Fan Club Web site reports that Williams exchanged Easter greetings April 15 with WB9IIV, and that N5VHO and WA4HT both heard NA1SS on FM voice while the ISS was passing over the US. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contacts are set resume in early May. Contacts are scheduled with Bob Jones High School in Madison, Alabama, on May 1, and with the Jaanimmarik School, in Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada, on May 4. NASA reports the Expedition 13 crew, headed by cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, has now settled in for its six-month stay in space and is looking forward to receiving a Progress rocket shipment of food, fuel and supplies on April 26.

PY4MAB – Sat, 2006 – 04 – 22 04:12

ARRL reports cards from all 50 states arrive

ISS Amateur Radio

QSL cards from all 50 of the United States of America have now arrived at the ARRL QSL bureau in Newington, CT and the process to file for a special "WAS from Space" for Bill McArthur can begin.

N5VHO – Tue, 2006 – 04 – 04 15:39

Fabiano PY5RX contacts Marcos Pontes

ISS Amateur Radio

My friend Fabiano (PY5RX) planned his holiday to
coincide with Pontes' ISS mission to try and make an amateur
radio contact with Marcos.
On 3 April he finally made his QSO with the Brasilian
astronaut on the Space Station.

Fabiano Congratulations!

You download the audio on:

73's Cor PD0RKC

pd0rkc – Mon, 2006 – 04 – 03 14:43

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 19:37

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 17:14

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 04:43

Bill looking for Kansas, Mississippi, Wyoming and North Dakota

ISS Amateur Radio

Bill was once again looking for an ND station to contact. He has previously worked North Dakota but the ARRL bureau has not gotten the card for the contact and they are trying to confirm all 50 before he comes back to Earth. Bill is trying to increase the odds that he will get all 50 by reworking these states. Last report on March 20 showed.
Bill still needed cards from the stations he worked in Kansas, Mississippi, Wyoming and North Dakota.
Kenneth N5VHO

If you operate from one of those states please do your best to contact Bill McArthur onboard ISS. Don't hesitate to ask

iz6byy – Wed, 2006 – 03 – 22 18:38

Astronaut Bill McArthur thanks the Amatuer Radio Community

ISS Amateur Radio

To the Amateur Radio Community,

As Expedition 12 draws to a close onboard the International Space Station, a note of gratitude is due.

I would like to express my deep gratitude to the world-wide amateur radio community for your participation in this great adventure. Clearly, one of the benefits for Amateur Radio is bridging the distances between us. Through your participation, you helped realize the potential for the human exploration of space to do exactly that. Thanks to you, over the past six months, the International Space Station has been more international than ever before. Together, we achieved many significant milestones from space, DXCC, WAC, WAS, and most importantly, 35 school contacts (as of March 21).

iz6byy – Tue, 2006 – 03 – 21 17:57

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