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I have no information from any other attempts and am unaware of any "records" for this sort of activity so I can't say if yours would be a record or not. Congratulations on the success of your efforts.
Personally, I made a contact with VE1DX in Nova Scotia (from Houston) during a similar low elevation pass but never took the time to make the point to point distance calculations. Not sure how many other long shot contacts are out there that were never reported. Maybe your notice will prompt others to provide examples of other long distance contacts via ISS in various modes.
Kenneth - N5VHO


From: Scott- Extingflame [mailto:extingflame@hotmail.com]
Sent: Sat 11/1/2008 3:35 PM
To: sarex@AMSAT.Org; Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR]
Subject: NEW RECORD Set Via ISS

Today at 1803 UTC, Ron AH6RH and I made the FIRST packet QSO/exchange via ISS's digipeater RS0ISS.
We had several pings on my 1 minute 20 second mutual visibility pass between us. See http://www.ariss.net/
Ever since ISS packet/voice was activated, I was looking for a partner on the east side of the Big Island
of Hawaii to do this. I sent out blind emails to all hams in the area. Looked at packet from Hawaii etc...
Finally about 3 years ago, I met up with Ron, AH6RH who shared my goal. For the past few years we have been
trying to make this first contact. Between ISS packet being off the air, and limited times to try with work etc,
it finally became a reality today! I did my victory DX dance when Ron called me from Hawaii screaming in excitement!
Thanks to ARISS for it's support of amateur radio on the ISS.
73, Scott WA6LIE
Can you confirm this as a new distance record?
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