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Re: Ariss casual phone contacts



Dear Charlie

We all have read your message and I agree with it. But you can communicate
our desire to the astronauts or you know the way to communicate it. Then
you can tell us the result here.

Thank you very much in advance and also for your work done.


AJ9N@aol.com schrieb:
> Hi all,
>
> Let me repeat a message that is sent out with every announcement I make
> with regards to ARISS activities and upcoming school contacts:
>
>
> Lately there have been some comments on the various  bulletin boards about
> having general contacts or leaving the packet or crossband  repeater on.
> Remember that ARISS is  a guest onboard the ISS and if the crew elects to not
> turn something on or to  operate, then that is their decision.  ARISS can
> only suggest; never demand.
> Like I indicate in my announcements.  If the crew  member is so inclined,
> then they get on the radio.
> As  with anything in society, the ISS crew have many different interests
> and a very  heavy work load.  Some have been a ham for many years before going
> on orbit  and thus may make a random contact; many have had next to no
> experience playing  radio and get on only sporadically.  There have been quite a
> few who have  gotten their license right before going up so they often
> times only get on for  the scheduled school contacts.  If they had not gotten
> their license; then  even the school contact list would have suffered as for
> some expeditions there  were no scheduled hams going up.  We can thank
> Kenneth N5VHO and the rest  of the hams down at JSC for organizing the classes and
> pushing for everyone to  have a license.  You would not believe the small
> amount of time the  astronauts have for studying and getting their license as
> they are in ISS  training right up until they launch.  So ARISS does like
> to thank the  astronauts for their very valuable time.
> For  every school contact, the crew is told how to leave the radio
> configured after  the contact.  If the crew does not re-configure the radios for
> general  usage, then there is not much we can do about it other than to remind
> them.
> It  is possible to have an astronaut visit.  Travel expenses must be
> covered by  the group wanting to have an astronaut appear.  Check out all of the
> details at:  _http://www.nasa.gov/about/speakers/astronautappearances.html_
> (http://www.nasa.gov/about/speakers/astronautappearances.html)
> 73,
> Charlie Sufana AJ9N
> One  of the ARISS mentors
>
>
>
> In a message dated 6/29/2010 7:16:11 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> morsesat@optonline.net writes:
>
> Believe it or  not... After flying the flag for AMSAT at several recent
> hamfests,
> This  question came up a lot.  Of course I answered that they are  extremely
> busy, however,
> I also said that it was up to the astonauts  time off and their personal
> interest of ham radio.
> I think the time to  get astonauts and cosmonauts interested is before they
> go into space.   They have to get the
> "bug!"   They need to be brought to local  clubs and introduced to local
> repeaters and groups that get together at
> Hamfests for the sake of Ham Radio.  They can get an earful and  become
> interested enough to orbit around the world
> Giving the thrill of  speaking to the ISS to the thousands that await a
> "Casual QSO.!"
> 73,
> Dee, NB2F
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:  sarex-bounces@AMSAT.Org [mailto:sarex-bounces@AMSAT.Org] On Behalf
> Of
> patrick mcgrane
> Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2010 11:27 PM
> To:  sarex@AMSAT.Org
> Subject: [sarex] Ariss casual phone contacts
>
> How  about letting us know why there are no casual contacts anymore and
> only
> rehearsed and choreographed public shows.
> I read many times about  how busy the astronauts are but it is glaringly
> apparent they have no  interest or are refraining from unrehearsed contacts.
> They could at least  turn on the cross band repeater. The navy had enough
> control over the  amateur radio with the packet.
> Frankly, I am personally no longer  interested in talking to the astronauts
> but the repeater was a lot of  fun.
> Someone please make it happen.
>
> A mere  citizen
>
> pat
>
>
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Mit freundlichen Grüssen, Best Regards, 73
     Thomas Frey, HB9SKA
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