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.
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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ARISS - K4UAH, March 21 2013 - 15:52 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
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.
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy, United Kingdom on 12 February.
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.
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/
The Loyalist City Amateur Radio Club (VE9LC) in Saint John NB Canada will host an ARISS contact with Colonel Chris Hadfield.
The contact is confirmed for Thursday January 17th 2013 at 13:40 Z.
The webcast will start at 12:00 Z, with the formal presentation beginning at 13:00 Z, and the contact at 13:40 Z.
The URL for the contact is http://live.streamit.ca/?player=66 .
This same URL will also contain the archived version of the contact, for those not able to view the event as it is occurring.
For more information, please see http://www.lcarc.ca .
ISS Commander Sunita Williams KD5PLB made this video about the space station before she returned to Earth
Watch Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact has been planned with participants at Royal Canadian Air Cadets- Newfoundland Cadet Detachment, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada on 12 January.
Sound artist Caroline Devine sends the show Between the Ears into orbit in this celebration of amateur radio and space exploration that will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday, January 19 at 2130 UT.