Thursday, May 19, 2011

Second Ham Station Installed on ISS

The International Space Station now has two active amateur stations. In late April, according to Newsline, Astronaut Cady Coleman finished installing the Ericsson radio used for early ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contacts, in the Columbus Orbital Laboratory. Astronaut Paolo Nespoli then checked it out for proper operation in time-honored amateur fashion -- by making contacts with hams on the ground. At least one school contact has since been made using the new/old station.