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Courtesy ARRL Letter,  American Radio Relay League.

ARISS CREWS GET INITIAL HAM GEAR TRAINING

The first International Space Station expedition crew and its backup crew
have received some initial training on the use of the initial US-provided
Amateur Radio gear to be installed as part of the Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station, or ARISS, effort. The session was conducted at
Russia's Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Centre. 

As part of the ARISS training effort, NASA's Matt Bordelon, KC5BTL, is
preparing a consolidated schedule for training in the US and in Russia that
will include familiarization with equipment, packet theory and hands-on
training, using a hardware mockup, and simulation. Training will focus on
general principles of ham radio as well as preparations to use ham radio,
equipment types and operating modes, and general packet module information
and software. 

Bordelon has held an initial training session with astronauts and cosmonauts
that provided exposure to the actual hardware. Other training has included
the information required to obtain an US Amateur Radio license. The first
ISS crew includes US astronaut Bill Shepherd, KD5GSL, and Russian Cosmonauts
Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR, and the recently licensed Yuri Gaidzenko, whose call
sign was not available.--Carolynn Conley, NASA
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