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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS018 (2000)

ARLS018 ISS crew completes installation of Amateur Radio hardware

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Space Bulletin 018  ARLS018
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  November 13, 2000
To all radio amateurs

ARLS018 ISS crew completes installation of Amateur Radio hardware

According to Will Marchant, KC6ROL, the International Space Station
crew has completed installation of the Amateur Radio hardware in the
Functional Cargo Block.

With the successful execution of engineering tests today, the
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) project has
passed a significant milestone. The initial two passes were tested
at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) ham shack R3K in
Star City near Moscow. The control operators were Sergej Samburov,
RV3DR, and Vladimir Zagainov, UA3DKR. Sergej is the Russian delegate
to the ARISS team.

Subsequent tests at the NN1SS station at the Goddard Space Flight
Center (Greenbelt, MD) and the W5RRR station at Johnson Space Center
(Houston, TX) were equally successful. Engineering tests with the
packet rig still need to be organized.

The crew, while still very busy, expressed their interest and
support of Amateur Radio activities on the ISS. It seems likely that
over the next few weeks, as the crew's schedule settles out,
amateurs may be able to look forward to more Amateur Radio activity
from humanity's latest foothold in space.