Archive - Apr 3, 2009
Im just curious if anybody has any idea when the US will start to hear the ISS again, its been pretty dead lately.
(Mar 31, 2009) -- On March 25, a group from AMSAT-DL bounced radio signals off the surface of Venus, marking the first time Amateur Radio operators have bounced radio signals off another planet. According to AMSAT-DL President Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, the Earth-Venus-Earth (EVE) transmission is another step in preparing for a mission to Mars. According to an AMSAT-DL press release, the team's transmitter was generating about 6 kW CW on 2.4 GHz.
HOUSTON -- NASA Television will air the landing of the Expedition 18 crew and a visiting spaceflight participant on Wednesday, April 8. Russian managers on Friday postponed the Soyuz landing one day and switched to a more southerly landing site in Kazakhstan because of soggy conditions at the original site.
Expedition 18 Commander E. Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yury Lonchakov and Spaceflight Participant Charles Simonyi will return to Earth at 2:15 a.m. CDT, which is 1:15 p.m. local time in Kazakhstan. The landing will take place near the town of Dzhezkazgan, which is west of Karaganda and southeast of the usual landing zone near Arkalyk. Fincke and Lonchakov have been aboard the orbiting laboratory since October 2008 and will land in the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft that carried them into orbit.
The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), host of the Dayton HamventionÂ®, has announced the winners of their three 2009 annual receive awards -- 2009 Amateur of the Year, the Technical Excellence Award and the Special Achievement Award -- at the annual event in May. Each year, DARA invites the amateur community to submit nominations of hams who have made significant contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.
Hamvention Chairman Carl Rose, K8CPR, praised the winners: "On behalf of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association and Hamvention 2009, it is my pleasure to congratulate this year's Award Winners. Their outstanding contributions and the many years of service exemplify what the Amateur Radio Service is."
Why Charles works only hungarian stations during passes over Europe?
With the traditional Change-of-Command ceremony on Thursday, Commander Mike Fincke officially handed over control of the International Space Station to Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka.
Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov are targeted to return to Earth on April 7. Joining them aboard their Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft will be Charles Simonyi, a spaceflight participant who arrived at the station with Expedition 19 for a two-week stay.
Staying aboard the station with Padalka are flight engineers Koichi Wakata and Michael Barratt. Wakata joined Expedition 18 after space shuttle Discovery swapped him for Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus. Barratt launched to the station on a Soyuz TMA-14 with Padalka and Simonyi the same day Discovery undocked from the orbiting laboratory. Expedition 19 docked at the station the same day Discovery landed in Florida.