[amsat-bb] Re: NA1SS Chats with Lompoc, CA

AJ9N at aol.com AJ9N at aol.com
Thu Sep 29 10:05:59 PDT 2011

Hi all,
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!
Charlie AJ9N
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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