Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: QST Looking for Scouting Radio Amateurs
Re: QST Looking for Scouting Radio Amateurs
Jon Pearl W4ABC
Mon, 2 Aug 1999 16:37:30 -0400
> Jon Pearl W4ABC <w4abc@GTE.NET> wrote (in part):
> >Did you know that this last Space Shuttle mission utilized Amateur Radio?
> >Did you know that a very large contingent of NASA Astronauts are Hams?
> >Did you know that a permanent Amateur Radio Module is about to be loaded
> >onboard the International Space Station (ISS) for OUR communications with
> One of the highlights of the last National Jamboree began at 3 in the
> morning when my Scouts woke me up to accompany them in a 3-mile walk
> across camp to the ham radio station. They arrived to be first in line
> to talk with the American astronaut on the Mir Space Station. There was
> also a group of Ukrainian Scouts who had the opportunity to converse
> with him in Russian. We had only a ten-minute window, and we could
> watch the station pass overhead as the Scouts were talking with it.
> All but one of my Scouts who made the trek had a chance to talk with
> the astronaut. He had traded his place in line for a patch, and was
> holding the mike as Mir went out of range.
Hi Alan. Sounds like your boys had a remarkable evening. I for one have
never 'worked' either the Shuttle or Mir, but I know a few that have. I
live here in Florida, and have been present for many a Shuttle launch, and
in fact you can easily see it lift off, day or night (spectacular) from our
west coast. Sometimes when the wind favors us, we get treated with that
classic "double sonic boom!" Wow!
With International Space Station (ISS) payloads becoming the flavor of the
day, there is unfortunately less and less time available for the astronauts
to take time out of their schedule's for "Space Amateur Radio EXperiments" -
(SAREX) missions. In fact, we have been told that this most recent Shuttle
mission represented the last SAREX mission to be enjoyed, with emphasis
shifting instead to (ARISS) Amateur Radio International Space Station
activities in the future.
NASA has announced that a new Amateur Radio payload module has just passed
testing muster. It will be part of an "ISS" payload package departing in
the near future, hopping a ride onboard a Russian spacecraft. With more
time spent in the ever growing "ISS," we may well find that the astronauts
will in fact, find more time for Amateur Radio communications in the future.
Time still remains for contacts, both live voice and automated data, with
the ill fated Mir Spacecraft before it is finally scuttled and is left to
burn up in the Earth's atmosphere as gravity erodes it's orbit.
Still lots of good times ahead for radio, electronics, electricity, space,
computers and a host of other merit badges tied intimately to Amateur Radio
and Space Exploration.
> Alan R. Houser ** email@example.com
> ** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
> ** Committee Member, Crew 24, Berkeley, California **
> ** Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Herms District **
> ** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **
YIS, Jon Pearl W4ABC
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