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Re: New Ham Radio Antenna Installed on ISS

I watched live via the Internet using the new Real One player.  I didn't 
see any close up shots of the antenna.  It was amazing to hear the 
astro/cosmo naughts breathing.  Also, it was pointed out that they "rest" 
when in the dark to some extent.  This happens every 45 minutes and lasts 
45 minutes.  This MUST be very stressful as I'm sure they want to get OUT 
of those suits!  It was stressful for me to watch (while lounging in my 
sweats with a Pepsi on the desk)!

The commentator did mention "Amateur Radio" and "Ham Radio" often.

Another interesting thing...I went to the Marex site 
(http://www.marex-na.org/fileshtml/issaudiofiles.html) and listened to the 
pre recorded broadcasts.  The relative ease that Miles had to communicate 
makes me believe he was on a private channel or using other-than-amateur 
radio communications.  I wish it was that easy for ME to get in!!

Heck, I only want to talk to them once (so everyone else gets a chance).  I 
guess I will have to order the stacked 14 element beams from M2 and bid on 
the M2 stacking kit on e-bay right now...:-)

73!  Great Job!  CQ 20-meters NA1SS!

>I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the ARISS-International 
>team on the successful installation of the first of four ham radio 
>antennas on ISS.  Those that watched the NASA TV video were afforded an 
>outstanding view of the first ISS Ham antenna installation EVA which was 
>performed by Cosmonaut Yuri Onufrienko and Carl Walz.
>It was pretty exciting to see the unfurled ISS Ham antenna system 
>permanently mounted on the outside edge of the service module.  The 
>antenna system looked breathtaking from the videos we witnessed while 
>supporting the EVA activity.
>Lou McFadin, W5DID, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Mark Steiner, K3MS, Ken Nichols, 
>KD3VK and Mark Clausen supported the ISS Ham antenna installation at the 
>NASA Goddard/ISS Ham-Goddard Control Center.  Carolynn Conley, KD5JSO 
>provided the antenna installation support at the NASA Johnson Space Center 
>Mission Control Center.
>Congratulations team on a job well done.  We have taken our ideas, 
>concepts and vision and transformed them into reality.
>Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
>ARISS Chairman
>AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs

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