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Amateur radio on ISS status report

ARISS active on the ISS.

With the successful execution of engineering test communications passes
today, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station project has
passed a significant milestone.  The initial two passes were through the
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) ham shack R3K in Star City near
Moscow.  The control operator was Sergej Samburov, RV3DR.  Eugene
Labutin, RA3APR, was planned to address the crew.  Also, Vladimir
Zagainov, UA3DKR, was in the ham shack.  Sergej is the Russian delegate
to the ARISS team.  Eugene is the AMSAT Russia president.  Eugene is
continuing a family tradition, as his father made the inaugural contacts
with the Mir ham radio station.  Vladimir is in charge of training at
the GCTC.  

A subsequent test pass through the NN1SS station at the Goddard Space
Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) was equally successful.  Engineering tests
with the packet rig still need to be organized.  

The crew, while still very busy, expressed their interest and support of
amateur radio activities on the ISS.  It seems likely that over the next
few weeks, as the crew's schedule settles out, that we may be able to
look forward to more amateur radio activity from humanity's latest
foothold in space.

The ARISS web pages at http://ariss.gsfc.nasa.gov/ are the best place to
check for current information on the status of amateur radio operations
on the ISS.

Will Marchant
marchant@ssl.berkeley.edu       http://chips.ssl.berkeley.edu/~marchant/
kc6rol@amsat.org          New==>http://home.earthlink.net/~willmarchant/

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