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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS014 (2003)

ARLS014 ARISS Announces Roy Neal, K6DUE, ISS Commemorative Event

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Space Bulletin 014  ARLS014
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  November 12, 2003
To all radio amateurs

ARLS014 ARISS Announces Roy Neal, K6DUE, ISS Commemorative Event

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
international team has announced an on-the-air event to commemorate
Roy Neal, K6DUE, who died August 16. ARISS requested that the ISS
Expedition 8 crew communicate from space with earthbound radio
amateurs during the November 29-30 weekend. Those contacting the ISS
by voice (NA1SS) or packet (RS0ISS) through the end of December will
be eligible for a special anniversary event certificate.

Neal, a noted NBC news correspondent, producer and executive, had
the vision to make Amateur Radio a permanent feature on human
spaceflight missions. He chaired the Space Amateur Radio EXperiment
(SAREX)/Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
Working Group. Through his extensive NASA contacts, Neal was
instrumental in convincing NASA management to fly Amateur Radio
onboard the space shuttle.

Human spaceflight took the first step to Neal's vision on November
28, 1983, with the launch of the first Amateur Radio station aboard
the space shuttle Columbia. A few days later, astronaut Owen
Garriott, W5LFL, became the astronaut to speak from space via ham

ARISS request that participants in the special event keep all
contacts short. A subsequent announcement will provide details on
QSLing and how to obtain certificates.