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Re: ISS Hoax



Hi Folks,

As the SAREX Payload Manager for a number of years, I have found the NASA
astronaut, and now cosmonaut support for "non-scheduled" contacts with hams
to be a "coin toss".  I listened to almost every ISS pass over the weekend,
and heard nothing.  My transceiver got a workout.  I am not impressed.  If
the event was not supposed to start on the 28th, then don't announce it that
way.  I guess Roy would understand...

73 de Andy W5ACM

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul M Dunphy - VE1DX" <sarex_list@ve1dx.net>
To: <sarex@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2003 8:26 PM
Subject: Re: [sarex] ISS Hoax


> At 09:27 PM 30/11/2003, Wayne R Hatfield wrote:
> >Wayne R Hatfield - KD5JJP
> >Homer, LA 71040
> >
> >
> >Gentlemen,
> >
> >Don't know about you all but I kind of feel like we may have been had. I
> >have had my receiver on for 2 days and have been listening for that long.
> >even when I was out someone was listening. The ISS Commemorative Event
> >sounded great but if whoever put it together must not have told  NASA to
let
> >the ISS in on the event. Just my thoughts.  UTC 22:58
>
>      I think it depends on the enthusiasm of the astronauts/cosmonauts on
> board.  When Commander Valery Korzun was active a couple of years ago
> signing RS0ISS, I made 15 voice QSOs with him over several months and the
> packet station was digipeating every orbit that he wasn't talking.  The
> packet PBBS was always operational, as well.
>
>      The same was true with a couple of previous missions.  However, for
> the most part, they don't put a lot of time into Ham radio . . . you need
> an enthusiastic person like Valery Korzun to really do it right.  Every
> evening before he went to bed he spent at least an hour making random
> contacts.  Since he left, they have been few and far between.
>
>      That's my take on it, anyhow.  I'm told that most of their spare time
> is dedicated to just watching Earth from 400 km.  I guess Valery spent so
> much time on MIR that the excitement of Earth watching had worn off, and
he
> dedicated most of his free time to Ham radio.
>
> 73/DX Paul VE1DX (QSL via VE1YX)
>
>
> http://www.ve1dx.net/index.html
>
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