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How to Chat With the International Space Station

Postby Alfie » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:09 pm

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How to Chat With the International Space Station

An amateur radio enthusiast managed to get a quick chat with the International Space Station (ISS) after a month of trying to get through from his shed. Adrian Lane, of Gloucestershire, sent out a call signal to the ISS and was "stunned" when he received a reply. He said: "They came back to me and said, 'Receiving you - welcome aboard the International Space Station'."

Mr Lane, from Coleford, and a US astronaut chatted for about 45 seconds before the station went out of range. He had been trying to "catch the ISS on a pass" when he finally got through at the end of a four-minute "contact window".
'Over so quickly'

"It was a very hectic time on the bands, people were trying hard to get through," he said.


Full story and article at BBC at this linky http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gl ... e-33806298

TIME mag also picked up on it

How to Chat With the International Space Station

You'll need a Ham radio

NASA confirmed on Wednesday that anyone with a ham radio could potentially make contact with the International Space Station (ISS), as one astonished user discovered earlier this month.

Adrian Lane, a ham radio enthusiast in Coleford, England, was stunned to receive a reply from an astronaut aboard the ISS, after spending nearly a month in his backyard shed attempting to make contact. “They came back to me and said, ‘Receiving you – welcome aboard the International Space Station,'” Lane told the BBC.

And technically speaking, anyone with similar radio expertise can do the same thing. A NASA spokesperson told the New York Times that the space station is equipped with a ham radio, which is set to a public frequency. Astronauts can use the radio to strike up an idle chat at will, usually during their break hours.

http://time.com/3995908/international-s ... ion-radio/


Its nice to read about this and i like the "anyone can chat to the space station" angle used it could attract a few to ham radio even in these days of iphones and facecrap.... i mean facebook ?
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Re: How to Chat With the International Space Station

Postby m0lsx » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:36 pm

I once swapped callsigns with them as me & my daughter sat in the car outside my home waiting for my wife. (Some passes can be over in a matter of 2 minutes or less if you cannot adjust for Doppler.)
Also the guys at Cawston, just up the road from us here at Norwich had a chat with them. We had been at Cawston for the previous two JOTA's & called in on route from our station here in Norwich on the Sunday evening & they were full of the ISS contact.
http://www.rsgb.org.uk/youth/jotanewsspacestation.htm

My eldest did her foundation exam with the Cawston Scouts & the guys made the ISS contact themselves.
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Re: How to Chat With the International Space Station

Postby Alfie » Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:06 am

I have heard them twice on 145.800 FM both times it was an american female astronaut talking to school kids about what they do in space which was great to hear. Of course i could not hear the uhf ground to space though which was in a different country each time when monitoring the ISS i always use http://www.heavens-above.com/ to see its live position.
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Re: How to Chat With the International Space Station

Postby G4RMT » Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:58 am

Did it years ago with an astronaut called Owen Garriott - very cool - tiny aerial stuck in the window of the space station, and me driving my van!
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