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Have you talked to the space station?

Shawn Gossman

Skywarn Forum Owner
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If so, tell us all about it here. I'm sure a lot of folks on this forum would love to hear about these types of stories. :)
 
#2
I am not sure how often the ISS crew gets on ham radio other than to scheduled contacts with schools.
They do also occasionally send Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images from the ISS, but those are also scheduled events.

I do however bounce data signals through the digital repeater (Digipeater) on the ISS.
 
#3
I can't remember his name, one of the US astronauts that is slated to return to the ISS tries to get on the radio whenever he can, he is a regular guest of Tom W5KUB on his weekly show and at the Dayton Hamvention every year (at least when he is not in space).

I have talked to them several times, a really good time to make contact with them is in June during ARRL Field Day.
 

kd0jzi

Thunderstorm
#4
Got the QSL for voice about 4 months after getting my ticket.
Just happened to hear them finish a school QSO, and was calling CQ. Broke on through on a 5wHT and got the confirmation,
Pure luck, I say.
 
#5
Sometime between the time I got my technician license (1992) and , maybe 1997, I worked R0MIR on packet. Station was a Radio Shack HTX-202, a 1/4 ground plane antenna made from an SO-239, brazing rods and a cap off a can of spray paint. Using an IBM PS-2 computer with a great big 10 mb hard drive and a Kantronics KPC-3. I had the freq set and was not watching when I heard an unusual set of packet bursts. I had set the Keps (Keplerian data) up to know when to listen and where on the sky MIR would pass. It was a low horizon pass that time, so I had the ground plane pointed at a low angle with the radials at right angles to the radiator for as much “directional” emission as I could hope for. When I went to the PC and saw that the bursts were the orbiter I began sending my CQ R0MIR de KE4KNJ (my call sign at the time). To my amazement I got an answer and exchanged the basics with the Russian orbiter. I printed the QSO and saved it to a 3.5 disk. All I have now is the memory !
 

kd0jzi

Thunderstorm
#6
Sometime between the time I got my technician license (1992) and , maybe 1997, I worked R0MIR on packet. Station was a Radio Shack HTX-202, a 1/4 ground plane antenna made from an SO-239, brazing rods and a cap off a can of spray paint. Using an IBM PS-2 computer with a great big 10 mb hard drive and a Kantronics KPC-3. I had the freq set and was not watching when I heard an unusual set of packet bursts. I had set the Keps (Keplerian data) up to know when to listen and where on the sky MIR would pass. It was a low horizon pass that time, so I had the ground plane pointed at a low angle with the radials at right angles to the radiator for as much “directional” emission as I could hope for. When I went to the PC and saw that the bursts were the orbiter I began sending my CQ R0MIR de KE4KNJ (my call sign at the time). To my amazement I got an answer and exchanged the basics with the Russian orbiter. I printed the QSO and saved it to a 3.5 disk. All I have now is the memory !
I remember those 3.5 disks, my one PC I built a few years back, I had actually installed a 3.5 drive on it along with the 5" and a cd burner. Never knew who may have came along with an old disk and wanted that stuff transferred
Man how the times have changed.
 
#7
I remember those 3.5 disks, my one PC I built a few years back, I had actually installed a 3.5 drive on it along with the 5" and a cd burner. Never knew who may have came along with an old disk and wanted that stuff transferred
Man how the times have changed.
I still have some of those discs, now I use them as coasters for my coffee cup in the shack.
 
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