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Ft Ross contact a success!

Commander Leroy Chiao KE5BRW aboard the International Space Station had a 
wonderful contact with the students at the Ft. Ross Elementary School in 
Cazadero, California today, Friday, 15 April  2005.  The event is began 
about 40 seconds later than predicted AOS but since the school is 
surrounded by a thick forest of  40 meter tall redwoods, the slight delay 
was not a surprise.  Once contact was established, signals were excellent 
and the students were able to ask 15 questions total before the ISS 
went  over the horizon to the southeast.

Bob Dickson, WA6M operated the station at the school using an ICOM IC-910 
and a Mirage 2 meter amplifier which was linked to the KLM-22C brought to 
the school for this contact.    He was assisted by David Horvitz, KD6BPS, 
and John Sperry, KE6IRX.    Herb Sullivan, K6QXB was standing by at W6SRJ - 
the telebridge station in Santa Rosa - about 50 miles east.  He did backup 
duties via telephone and was able to say goodbye and 73's to Leroy Chiao as 
Ft. Ross lost the ISS signal at LOS.

Ft Ross School wishes to thank NASA and the amateur radio community for 
their support in making this contact a success.

Tim W6MU
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