[amsat-bb] Re: Record for # QSO in space?

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Wed Jan 18 07:01:19 PST 2012


> Anyone know who has the record for the most ham QSO's in space?
> Astronaut Doug Wheelock maybe?
> Just curious.  It would be a nice record to have some other people try
> to break and incentive to keep the activity going.

I think I saw that Doug Wheelock had a few hundred QSOs (two of those
with me, including one during a hamfest demonstration).  Bill McArthur
had somewhere around 1800 QSOs when he was on the ISS in late 2005-
early 2006, and that doesn't include QSOs he made on earlier flights.

It would be nice to hear more random QSOs with hams coming from the
ISS.  That all depends on crews that are interested in using the radio for
more than the scheduled activities.  Not many seem to have any interest
in the unscheduled radio activity anymore.  A shame, but also a sign of
the times - where ISS crews have more options for their limited free time,
compared to those who were on Mir.



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