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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS001 (2002)

ARLS001 New Amateur Radio Antenna to be Installed During Spacewalk

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Space Bulletin 001  ARLS001
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  January 10, 2002
To all radio amateurs

ARLS001 New Amateur Radio Antenna to be Installed During Spacewalk

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Board Chairman
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, has announced that one of the four new ARISS
antennas could be installed as soon as next week. It's anticipated
that the ''WA3'' VHF-UHF flexible tape antenna will be installed on
one end of the ISS Service Module during a scheduled January 14
spacewalk--or EVA.

''The Russian team is able to deploy this particular antenna sooner
than the others because it is located very close to where the four
RF connections go into the Service Module,'' Bauer said.

Expedition Four Commander Yuri Onufrienko, RK3DUO, and flight
engineers Carl Walz, KC5TIE, and Dan Bursch, KD5PNU, are beginning
their second month in orbit aboard the ISS. They have not yet been
active on Amateur Radio, although several ARISS school contacts are
pending. Onufrienko and Walz will carry out the EVA. NASA says the
two will move a Russian cargo crane to the Russian Functional Cargo
Block for future assembly work. Bursch will operate the Canadarm2
robotic arm from inside the space station.''

Installation of the new antenna on the Service Module paves the way
for two separate ham stations aboard Space Station Alpha. Plans call
for a 2-meter station to remain in the Functional Cargo Block using
the Russian antennas that had been used to dock the FGB but now used
for ARISS. A second 70-cm station will be set up in the Service
Module using the new antenna.


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