[amsat-bb] Re: ISS Crew Active!

w7lrd@comcast.net w7lrd at comcast.net
Wed Jan 21 15:02:23 PST 2009

It never gets old!!
73 Bob W7LRD

"if this were easy, everyone would be doing it"

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: Sebastian <w4as at miamisky.com> 

> What a thrill to announce my call while I was just getting into the 
> footprint of the ISS, and getting a response from Mike - NA1SS, of the 
> crew of the Shuttle! 
> At first I didn't hear anyone, it was quiet, but I heard my downlink 
> stronger than usual, and all of a sudden, I heard "W4AS this is Mike 
> NA1SS of the International Space Shuttle". I think my first words 
> were, are you really in the shuttle? 
> He went on and worked a few more stations, he didn't seem to be in a 
> hurry, and we actually had a bit of a rag chew, but at 4:30 pm eastern 
> time, I guess there weren't too many hams trying to hear the ISS. 
> Just wanted to put this up here, so others can be aware that they are 
> active on the 'repeater' 70cm up and 2 meters down. 
> At one point the signal was 60 db over S9, I should have turned my 
> preamp off to see what the actual reading was. 
> If anyone recorded the pass I would love to have it. Guess I should 
> start to record them from now on. 
> 73 de W4AS 
> Sebastian 
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