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Re: QSO with Sergei, U5MIR on board ISS!!!



Kenneth, N5VHO wrote:

>Nice to hear someone else got to pass along well
>wishes. Anybody else send greetings? Anybody else get
>a response?
>
>Kenneth - N5VHO
>
>--- "Sion Chow Q. C. (9W2QC)" <9w2qc@9w2qc.net> wrote:
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>>Hello Group,
>>
>>Today (27 August 2005), ISS passed over West
>>Malaysia at 1945 Hours
>>Malaysian Time or 1145 Hours UTC with a maximum
>>elevation of 40 degrees.
>>
>>During this pass, the packet digipeater and mailbox
>>was not heard and
>>therefore I tried calling the crew as there were
>>reports of the crew being
>>active on voice half an hour ago.
>>
>>To my surprise, ISS ASTRONAUT SERGEI KRIKALEV, U5MIR
>>ANSWERED MY CALL!!!
>>(BTW, today is Sergei's birthday).  This was the
>>first time I made a contact
>>with Sergei, and this was my 2nd contact with ISS's
>>crew.  Signals were very
>>clear and nice, 59 all the way.
>>
>>Frequency used was 145.800 FM +/- downlink and
>>144.490 FM +/- uplink.
>>Antenna was only a 10-element Diamond Yagi,
>>vertically polarized.  Rig was
>>FT-847, running 50 watts.
>>
>>No one else was active on this pass and I am happy
>>to be the only station
>>around this region to wish Sergei a very happy
>>birthday.
>>
>>This is the first time in my life that I have wished
>>a human out of the
>>world, in space, happy birthday, and I am very happy
>>that I did it.  I guess
>>amateur radio operators are very privileged as
>>amateur radio is the only way
>>an ordinary person can speak to an astronaut when he
>>or she is in space.
>>Also, not many people get the chance to wish another
>>human in space happy
>>birthday.  I have recorded the pass, and will post
>>the recording shortly.
>>
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SERGEI for the brief but
>>memorable contact.
>>
>>Have a nice weekend and good DX.
>>
>>73,
>>Sion Chow Q. C.,
>>9W2QC.
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27 Aug 05,  23:25 utc
G'day All
Just had a nice chat to Sergei as he passed over Australia,  John had 
just gone to bed, he sounded in high spirits.


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Best regards,
Tony.

J.A.Hutchison.  VK5ZAI
P.O Box 470
KINGSTON SE. 5275
South Australia

Australian ARISS Co-ordinator
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