[amsat-bb] Re: NA1SS Chats with Lompoc, CA
AJ9N at aol.com
AJ9N at aol.com
Thu Sep 29 10:05:59 PDT 2011
I post all upcoming ARISS contacts times to the SAREX BB. You might want
to subscribe to that one if you don't already. You can also use the link
that is posted on the AMSAT main webpage.
Yes, you were hearing Lompoc have a great contact. The ISS crew will
ignore any callsign it hears except for the school one. Plus they are not
using the public uplink frequencies.
We welcome all listeners; that is why the 145.8 MHz frequency is used for
all voice contacts (general or school). Perhaps this will get you started
getting involved with a school that may want to do an ARISS contact.
Thanks for listening!
One of the ARISS mentors
In a message dated 9/29/2011 11:48:48 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
david at cdwing.com writes:
I was checking out my equipment and had the ISS rising out of the Pacific.
I rarely try to work the ISS but thought I would give it a try and
swung the antennas over to the correct azimuth.
I heard some chatter and was initially irritated that someone would be
having a QSO on the downlink frequency but then from the conversation I
realized that it was someone on the ISS describing seeing hurricanes in
Pacific. I could not believe my luck that NA1SS was actually working
contacts! Not being able to hear the uplink, I gingerly threw out my
Callsign a couple of times hoping to get into the rotation and then to my
great embarrassment, it became apparent that NA1SS (Mike Fossum) was
a school contact in Lompoc, CA. I sure am glad that I just threw out my
callsign twice before I clued in on things.
At any rate I was able to monitor NA1SS down to about 3 degrees.really
clean, strong signal. First time for me hearing the ISS because I rarely
check it out and typically don't have SatPC32 even tracking it. Sure glad
decided to use it as a test target!
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