Werner Haas, DJ5KQ, AMSAT-DL's Vice President and overall coordinator for Phase 3D's communications suite, makes the very first contact through the satellite via its configuration U/V "transponder" in early March at the P3D Laboratory in Orlando, Florida. AMSAT-DL's Digital Integration Manager Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, was on the other end of the historic contact using a radio located just outside the P3D clean room. During initial tests, the spacecraft's LEILA (strong signal attenuator) was also successfully tested.

AMSAT-NA Photo by Keith Baker, KB1SF.