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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS015 (2000)

ARLS015 All-Ham Crew is ISS-Bound

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 015  ARLS015
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  November 1, 2000
To all radio amateurs

ARLS015 All-Ham Crew is ISS-Bound

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying the all-ham International Space
Station Expedition 1 crew blasted off October 31 from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Amateur Radio operation from the ISS is
expected to debut by mid-month. The crew will spend four months
aboard the ISS.

On board the Soyuz are US astronaut and Expedition 1 Commander
William ''Shep'' Shepherd, KD5GSL, and Russian cosmonauts Yuri
Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR. The Soyuz is expected to dock
with the ISS November 2.

Shepherd, 51, is only the second US astronaut to go into space
aboard a Russian launch vehicle. The Soyuz lifted off from the same
launch pad where the space race began 43 years ago this month with
the launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite.

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station--or
ARISS--initial station gear already is aboard the space station. It
will be installed temporarily in the Zarya Functional Cargo Block of
the ISS and will permit operation on 2 meters--FM voice and packet.
Tentative operating frequencies are: Worldwide downlink for voice
and packet, 145.80 MHz: worldwide packet uplink, 145.99 MHz; Region
1 (Europe) voice uplink: 145.20 MHz; Region 2 and 3 voice uplink,
144.49 MHz.

Crew members may use their personal call signs or one of the ''club
station'' call signs issued for ISS use--NA1SS, RZ3DZR, or DL0ISS.

For ARISS information and updates, visit the ARISS Web site,


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