NA1SS QSO (Col Wheelock) - 14 September 2010 (audio & video)


Well this was the "holy grail" of QSOs or contacts for the new rookie or the established "Elmer" HAM radio operator. Luck was in the air as I made contact with Col Doug Wheelock aboard the International Space Station operating the onboard HAM radio station NA1SS. I felt privileged as he spent a bit of time chatting with me. This was for sure a thrill of a life time!

Radio: Yaesu FT-857
Antenna: Diamond Dual Band on painter pole at 12'

73 - KF7ETX / David

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KF7ETX – Wed, 2010 – 09 – 15 00:03


Hi david,
Seen all your videos.Thanks for uploading, they are great.I am not to active on the bands much these days because of work but you have inspired me to take a look in the skys,at my QTH which is Ambleside, Cumbria in the English Lake District....I think iss passes here have been early morning here the last couple days.... KEEP UP THE GREAT VIDS. 73`S


Submitted by G0PLV on Tue, 2011-09-27 13:37.

You saved my boring nightshift!


To be HAM for just six months and than this kind of success . . .

Do you know what time the scheduler is using? I think UTC but I'm not sure. Hope to hear you on DX

Stuttgart / SW-Germany

Submitted by DL1XXL on Thu, 2010-09-30 22:20.

Your the MAN

Hey David ,
saw your video and thought ok if you can do it Im going to try... first pass all was quiet and I called the iss and gave my call sign and clear as day Col. wheelock called back. Thanks for the subliminal push/chalange and showing us how it is done ....
yeasu ft 1900 with home made j pole at 14 feet.
only had my licence since the 15th and look at me now
K F 7 L W I
Daryl Hahm
Ford/Spokane Wa

Submitted by KF7LWI on Sun, 2010-09-19 19:37.


It is such a thrill when he calls back your call sign and says "Welcome Aboard the International Space Station!"

73 - KF7ETX / David

Submitted by KF7ETX on Mon, 2010-09-20 09:09.

really nice work,wat's the

really nice work,wat's the site where you can watch the astronauts timeline ?



Submitted by ON3ATI on Sat, 2010-09-18 07:00.

Crew timelines

They publish them here but usually just a day before.

Kenneth - N5VHO

Submitted by N5VHO on Sat, 2010-09-18 09:12.


nice video and congratulations

de 9W2KEY / 73's

Submitted by 9w2key on Sat, 2010-09-18 02:13.

ISS contact and video


That was the most impressive video I have ever seen. The music, graphics and artistic work put into that video was very professional. Do you do this can of work for a living. Totally awsome!!!!!!!!!

73 de K6LPB

Submitted by K6LPB on Fri, 2010-09-17 21:24.


I make videos as a hobby . . . I'm finding that it dovetails nicely with my newest hobby, HAM radio!

Thank you.

73 - KF7ETX / David

Submitted by KF7ETX on Sat, 2010-09-18 01:44.

Good Job!

You are lucky to live near the coast because you have a bit of a "First Chance" advantage. Great job on the video. Thanks for posting.

Submitted by on Fri, 2010-09-17 21:14.

"First Chance"

Thanks! I am just realizing the 'first chance" advantage of the west coast QTH.

73 - KF7ETX / David

Submitted by KF7ETX on Sat, 2010-09-18 01:47.

ISS Contact


A real nice job on both the contact and your video of it. My hairs were standing on end as I watched it and I am impressed with your ability to not loose your voice. I too haven't been licensed all too long, and I am looking forward to making my first contact (some day).

I still get quite a thrill hearing the packet signal on passes.


Rod Villari
Covington, KY

Submitted by rtv1130 on Fri, 2010-09-17 18:09.

First Contacts

Rod -

I know what you mean . . . I still get that hair standing on end feeling just thinking about how cool it is to talk with Doug and the ISS crew. I think it is one of those things in amateur radio that transcends the novice to the seasoned "Elmer" . . . but if you are new to the hobby it sure does set the hook!

73 - KF7ETX / David

Submitted by KF7ETX on Sat, 2010-09-18 01:51.

Impressive work


Alain WW3WW webmaster

Submitted by alain on Wed, 2010-09-15 20:08.

Not Sure If Posting Correct

Alain -

Please let me know if I am posting content correctly.

I just posted another interesting QSO with Col Wheelock. I didn't see it come up on the website. Perhaps there is a delay, or I am not posting correctly.

Thanks for such a great site!

73 de KF7ETX / David
Portland, Oregon

Submitted by KF7ETX on Sun, 2010-09-26 23:01.

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