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

Mani VU2WMY wmy at isac.gov.in
Mon Nov 23 20:42:09 PST 2009

Congratulations to the entire team!

It's a great pleasure to look at the recognition, honor and privilege  
" HAM RADIO" enjoying at the highest level. Sure, this is most  
expensive activity ever done for our wonderful hobby.

73 de

Mani, VU2WMY
Secretary & Station-In-Charge
Upagrah Amateur Radio Club VU2URC
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Quoting Louis McFadin <w5did at mac.com>:

> 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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