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Marex News, Iss crew , nov 24, 2002

ISS Amateur Radio Status: November 24, 2002

Last Weeks for Crew #5
Shuttle Dates:
New Sleep times for ISS:
New ISS crew:
Peggy Whitson KC5ZTD on voice:

By Miles Mann WF1F,
MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)

Last Weeks for Crew #5
We will all Miss ISS crew #5, which includes:
Peggy Whitson KC5ZTD
Sergei Treschev RZ3FU
Valeri Korzun RZ3FK

Valeri has bee very active on amateur radio during his mission.  Valeri,
is very experienced at handling large pile-ups on voice and also good at
debugging Packet Mail problems.  I talked to Valery last night and he
said he does expect to be very busy over the next 10 days of the shuttle
mission.  He said he hope to find time to brief the new ISS crew on the
ISS-Ham station.  It is possible we may hear Valeri and Nikolai Budarin
RV3FB on the air for a few Random contacts during this mission.

New Sleep times for ISS:
The ISS and shuttle crews have shifted their sleep schedules to match. 
During this mission the crews will wake up at approximately 13:00 UTC .
The crews will go to sleep at approximately 04:00 UTC time.
After the completion of this mission, the ISS crew will gradually shift
back to a normal sleep cycle from approximately 22:00 UTC till 0700 UTC.

Shuttle / ISS Visible:

The day after the shuttle launches; it will again be visible in the
night sky, as it chases the ISS for a docking a few days later. If you
do not have a tracking program, please check the NASA web pages for
tracking and Visibility data.  The NASA pages have a visibility chart
for hundreds of cities around the world. There have been several good
reports of very bright reflections from ISS.


New ISS crew:
This shuttle will bring a new replacement crew to ISS this week.  The
departing crew is crew #5 and the arriving crew will be crew #6.  It
will be sad to see Valery Korzun leave ISS.  It has been a lot of fun to
have him in Space.  He has been a very active Ammeter Radio operator and
has brought joy to many Amateur Radio stations around with world with
his frequent random voice orbits.  
The new ISS crew will contain at least one experienced Amateur Radio
operator.  Nikolai Budarin is an experienced ham from his Mir missions
in 1998.  Nikolai helped install he MAREX modem upgrade project on Mir
in 1997-98.  The old tnc was replaced by a new Kantronics KPC-9612 TNC,
which was connected to a Kenwood TM-733 on Mir in 1998.

ISS Expedition 5 crew:
Peggy Whitson KC5ZTD
Sergei Treschev RZ3FU
Valeri Korzun RZ3FK

ISS Expedition 6 crew:
Kenneth Bowersox KD5JBP
Nikolai Budarin RV3FB
Donald Pettit KD5MDT

Happy landings ISS Expedition 5 crew:

Peggy Whitson KC5ZTD on voice:
On November 22 ISS astronaut Peggy Whinston KC5ZTD was heard talking to
some of her friends in Houston via (W5RRR) and then with some additional
friends via W8ZCF in Cincinnati OH. 


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Until we meet again

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