[amsat-bb] Re: ISS Qsl

Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BARRIOS TECHNOLOGY] kenneth.g.ransom at nasa.gov
Tue Jun 7 10:23:00 PDT 2011

If you are digipeating "through" the ISS then you are using the ISS as a relay just like any other satellite that you communicate through and that would not qualify as a contact with the ISS (or satellite). 

If you desire a contact with the ISS then you must contact it directly. The most rewarding way is to talk directly to the crew (but a lot like rare DX). You can use packet to connect to the ISS remote system (RS0ISS-3) when that is active to receive an automatic response from the system on board or connect to the BBS (not recommended during heavy traffic periods). I think it might have an auto response from RS0ISS-4 as well but do not recall at this moment.

If you just want a SWL card for hearing the ISS then send in your report to your respective QSL bureau. The list is available at http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm#QSL's

Kenneth - N5VHO

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Kevin Deane
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 6:00 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] ISS Qsl

Hi Group,
Does anyone here know the ISS QSL card requirements for digipeating through RS0ISS-4?
Obviously it is possible to get a QSL card from the other amateur radio station on the ground, with whom you have a 2 way packet QSO in a pass.
Is there any way to get an ISS QSL card itself, other than by having a two way voice contact with the ISS crew? Not a SWL card for receiving only. 
I know the ISS fanclub produce a certificate for digipeating through the ISS, but want to find out if ARISS itself does anything similar that doesn't involve leaving a message on the BBS?
All the best
Philip G0ISW
I second this question...
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