[amsat-bb] Re: New Ham antenna to be installed on the ISS Columbusmodule tomorrow

Graham Shirville g.shirville at btinternet.com
Sat Nov 21 04:49:20 PST 2009

Hi All,.

Just so you don't miss the excitement - it is actually about to take place - 
the EVA-2 will commence today Saturday at 1338UTC!

Already we have seen shots of the "earth facing - underside" of the Columbus 
module where the two L/S ARISS band antennas that were installed before 
launch are quite clearly visible.

best 73

Graham G3VZV

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Louis McFadin" <w5did at mac.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2009 1:42 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] New Ham antenna to be installed on the ISS 
Columbusmodule tomorrow

> There hasn't been much said on the various news outlets about the
> second ISS EVA tomorrow morning at 07:30 AM EST 12:30 UTC. During that
> EVA the first task is to install two antennas on the Columbus Module.
> One is for an experiment for the European Space Agency and the other
> is a dual band 2m/70CM antenna for ARISS (Amateur Radio on ISS) very
> similar to the antennas already on the Russian service module.
> If you have any way to watch, I am sure it will be exciting for any
> ham to watch.
> This is an example of what can be achieved by volunteer hams working
> closely with a space agency.
> This antenna project was funded entirely by AMSAT-NA and volunteers
> who built the antennas for both the experiment and for ARISS.
> That's not to take away from the tremendous contribution from ESA for
> the experiment, the launch and the EVA. I have no idea what that cost
> but you can be assured it was a lot more than the cost of the antennas.
> Once the antennas are in place we will be working to bring amateur
> radio to the Columbus module.
> I am very proud of all the teamwork and effort that has gone into this
> project.
> Lou McFadin
> ARISS US Hardware manager
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