Archive - Apr 11, 2007 - Story
I had the great opportunity to be the 3rd person to contact Charles on ISS. It was pure luck for me, as I was just getting ready to go to bed, so I was setting up my remote base and recorder. For some reason I decided to park pary my VFO on 145.800 packet mode. I heard Charles calling CQ and went for my Voice ISS memory channel. That is where you hear the beep on my recording that can be found on Cor's website http://pd0rkc.ontwikkel.nl/ My audio was hooked directly to the radio, so you don't hear me talking.
I my QSO with Charles, Gave him my name qth etc...Then I had told him how much of an honor it was to speak with him on ISS. I also mentioned that it has been close to a year without any activity from ISS. I Asked him to get on the air as much as possible, as there were many HAMS worldwide waiting to talk to him. I also told him that he was being recorded, and if there was anything he wanted to say to the world. That part of audio is at 25 seconds.
Less than a day in space, civilian space traveler Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP/HA5SIK, is already making contacts with the earthbound ham radio community from NA1SS. The billionaire software pioneer and aviator arrived April 10 at the International Space Station with the Expedition 15 crew of Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI, and Oleg Kotov. Yurchikhin, Kotov and Simonyi launched in a Soyuz spacecraft two days earlier from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, says he's received several reports that Simonyi has been making contacts, including some the evening of April 10 with stations in Hawaii and the US Northwest.
Charles said: I think amateur radio was the begining of internet! And its still alive, I never thought I would do neither amateur radio or Space flights but both are them are lot of fun.
On Monday, April 2, the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) issued the All Japan Districts Award to the International Space Station, NA1SS. Astronauts using the station's callsign NA1SS have contacted a school in all ten of Japan's amateur radio call areas.