ISS voice contact - june 28, 2014

 
 



Here’s a re-creation of the contact ... Commander Wiseman’s transmission is “live.” My callout and sign-off recreated for this snippet ...

Discussions between the ARISS team (Amateur Radio on the ISS) and NASA were months in the making. Could the ISS astronauts schedule time on Field Day weekend for some FM voice contacts? Such contacts are seen by many hams as the ULTIMATE in amateur radio contacts ...

Well, it was announced by ARISS on June 23-24, 2014 that Astronaut Reid Wiseman (US) and possibly Astronaut Alex Gerst (ESA) would be able to be in the Columbus module and working with the amateur radio equipment for several passes over North America - if nothing else cropped up that would take precedence ...

The first of the passes - beginning at 11:11AM PDT Saturday, June 28 - was a most extraordinary one for Southern California: For my location in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, it was about an 85-degree elevation pass! One could not ask for a “better” pass  to work! See the PocketSat3 pass photo on the right.

I was working a shift for Canon printers at the Best Buy in Rancho Cucamonga. I strolled out at about 11:08AM (well, OK, I briskly walked to my car), opened the pickup’s lid, and removed my tape measure beam and Yaesu FT-60R. I already programmed the anticipated frequencies (Region 2) for FM voice, as well as the 145.825 packet frequency: If the astronauts were not able to work FM voice, packet might have been turned ON instead - and that would still allow “reception” of the ISS to “show off” to any audiences and/or Field Day attendees!

At 11:10AM PDT, I started monitoring, pointing my handheld beam to the south-west. Within a minute, I heard someone local transmitting on the downlink accidentally. But then I heard “NA1SS” confirm reception for a couple stations! Wonderfully clean and clear, with hardly any background noise at all. Then I keyed my mic and announced myself, and was instantly acknowledged by Astronaut Wiseman at 11:16AM PDT. I signed off by thanking him for what he was doing for amateur radio this weekend. Others immediately attempted contact and were acknowledged.

A Best Buy employee who was outside with me took the photo above ...

I had talked to the ISS before - during our ARISS project in April, 2012 at Flabob Airport. But you know how scheduled and calculated and scripted-to-the-second those sessions are. But this was a different kind of “excitement,” due to the possibility of it NOT happening at all. 

SO - THANK YOU to the ARISS team, NASA, and fellow hams for making this first pass a wonderful event for all!



















YES - the ISS will send you a QSL card for such contacts! Submit your request (QSL card, or typed report) and include ...

- the date
- the time in UTC
- frequency and mode (voice, packet, or SSTV)

Include a large self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage. For US contacts, submit this to ...

ARRL HEADQUARTERS
ARISS QSL
225 Main Street
Newington CT  06111-1494

For those of you outside North America, please refer to ...

ARRL FAQ
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equipment used

RADIO

ANTENNA

pre-amp

tracking software

frequencies


* - WHY turn a handheld radio down in TX power? ‘Cause that’s all that was needed!

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photos ...

  1. 1.Astronaut Wiseman

  2. 2.The ISS’ Columbus module, and

3. What a PERFECT pass!

15 seconds of ADRENALINE RUSH

ARRL's 100th Birthday
ARISS logo
Astronaut Wiseman
Columbus module on the ISS
The ISS pass for June 28, 2014 11:11AM PDT. PocketSat3 screen shot.




































YES - the ISS/ARISS team will send you a QSL card for these contacts! Submit your request (QSL card, or typed report) and include ...


- the date

- the time in UTC

- frequency and mode (voice, packet, SSTV, or even SWL)


Include a large self-addressed, stamped return envelope with sufficient postage. For US contacts, submit your request to ...


ARRL HEADQUARTERS

ARISS QSL

225 Main Street

Newington CT  06111-1494


For those of you outside North America, please refer to ...


ARRL FAQ

K6LCS works the ISS with 2 Watts

It can be as simple as this: a homebrew $15 tape measure beam and a Yaesu FT-60R ... turned down to 2W TX output power!