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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS010 (1995)

SB SPACE @ ARL $ARLS010
ARLS010 SAREX helps NASA
 
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Space Bulletin 010  ARLS010
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  July 7, 1995
To all radio amateurs
 
SB SPACE ARL ARLS010
ARLS010 SAREX helps NASA
 
The Space Shuttle Atlantis landed in Florida on Friday, July 7, at
1454 UTC.  The landing ends the STS-71 mission, which included a
historic docking with Space Station Mir on June 29.
 
Mission Specialist Ellen S. Baker, KB5SIX, and Pilot Charlie
Precourt, KB5YSQ, conducted Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment (SAREX)
activities using the shuttle's VHF radio.  Early reports indicate
that the astronauts made successful contacts with five student
groups who had prearranged contacts, and made numerous random voice
contacts with individual amateurs.
 
In keeping with the experimental nature of SAREX, volunteers around
the world also supported numerous tests to help NASA. The crew made
a number of contacts with amateurs using the Shuttle-Mir VHF radio
to test the operational configuration of the radio hardware and
antenna.  The radio will be used to facilitate at least six more
planned Mir docking missions.
 
SAREX reports and QSLs may be sent to ARRL EAD, STS-71 QSL, 225 Main
Street, Newington, CT 06111-1494, USA.  Include the following
information in your QSL or report: STS-71, date, time in UTC,
frequency and mode (FM voice).  In addition, you must also include a
SASE using a large, business-sized envelope if you wish to receive a
card.
 
The Sacred Hearts Academy Radio Club in Honolulu, Hawaii has
volunteered to manage the cards for this mission.
 
The next mission supporting SAREX activity is STS-70, scheduled for
launch next week, on July 13.  Listen to W1AW for operating details
and frequencies.
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