Stan's Space Contacts
These are MP3 files of all of my voice contacts with various space missions. Some are better quality than others, but they all earned me a QSL card for the contact. (See one version of my QSL card) (See the latest ISS QSL card, since 2006)

The "short version" is just the callsign exchange... which is often all that I got. The "long version" is where I attempt to engage the astronaut a little more, in hopes of getting them to say my name or location. Other audio clips are parts of conversations with other people or just when the astronaut is calling CQ or identifying which shuttle they are on. A couple of these also indicate they are on a shuttle docked with the Mir space station. All of the shuttle contacts were made using my previous callsign, KD9BE, and all of the International Space Station contacts were with my current callsign, W4SV.

I have also worked about half a dozen 2-way packet contacts with shuttle missions, the Mir Space Station, and numerous contacts all over North America through the ISS digipeater. Please say "hi" if you see me on the digipeater!

73,
Stan
Hanna, Indiana


Space Shuttle and Shuttle-Mir

STS-9, Owen Garriott, W5LFL, on Columbia, 04 Dec 1983 (54 KB)
(SWL only, not a 2-way contact)
This is the very first shuttle mission carrying amateur radio.


STS-58, Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, on Columbia, 30 Oct 1993 (short version) (12 KB)
STS-58, Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, on Columbia, 30 Oct 1993 (long version) (30 KB)
Bill McArthur, KC5ACR calling CQ (14 KB)
Bill McArthur, KC5ACR identifying on board Columbia (9 KB)
This was my first 2-way contact with an astronaut.


STS-64, Blaine Hammond, KC5HBS, on Discovery, 11 Sept 1994 (short version) (17 KB)
STS-64, Blaine Hammond, KC5HBS, on Discovery, 11 Sept 1994 (long version) (76 KB)
Blaine Hammond, KC5HBS identifying on board Discovery (9 KB)
In the long version, I called Blaine by the wrong name (Jerry)... TWICE! Duh.


STS-71, Ellen Baker, KB5SIX, on Mir (Atlantis), 1 July 1995 (short version) (12 KB)
Ellen Baker, KB5SIX identifying on board Mir/Atlantis (9 KB)
Ellen Baker, KB5SIX indentifying on board Mir Space Station (9 KB)
This was the first shuttle docking mission with the Mir.


STS-74, Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, on Atlantis (Mir), 15 Nov 1995 (short version) (24 KB)
Bill McArthur, KC5ACR identifying on board Atlantis/Mir (8 KB)


STS-78, Chuck Brady, N4BQW, on Columbia, 25 June 1996 (short version) (17 KB)
STS-78, Chuck Brady, N4BQW, on Columbia, 25 June 1996 (long version) (40 KB)
Chuck Brady, N4BQW identifying on board Columbia (12 KB)
Chuck Brady, N4BQW calling QRZ (11 KB)
SK - Chuck passed away July 23, 2006.


STS-79, Jay Apt, N5QWL, on Atlantis, 18 Sept 1996 (short version #1) (14 KB)
STS-79, Jay Apt, N5QWL, on Atlantis, 18 Sept 1996 (short version #2) (12 KB)
STS-79, Jay Apt, N5QWL, on Atlantis, 18 Sept 1996 (long version) (25 KB)
Jay Apt, N5QWL calling CQ on board Atlantis (17 KB)
Jay Apt, N5QWL signing 73 and QRT from Atlantis (does not give callsign) (18 KB)


International Space Station (ISS)

ISS usually heard using club callsigns NA1SS or RSØISS


Expedition-1
International Space Station, Bill Shepherd (KD5GSL), 21 December 2000 (18 KB)
(SWL only, not a 2-way contact)
This is from the very first school QSO with the ISS.


Expedition-2
International Space Station, Susan Helms (KC7NHZ, license now expired), 20 April 2001 (short version) (19 KB)
International Space Station, Susan Helms (KC7NHZ, license now expired), 20 April 2001 (long version) (42 KB)
Susan Helms calling CQ (11 KB)


Expedition-2
International Space Station, Jim Voss (unlicensed), 09 May 2001 (short version) (18 KB)
International Space Station, Jim Voss (unlicensed), 09 May 2001 (long version) (36 KB)
Jim Voss identifying on board ISS (11 KB)


Expedition-3
International Space Station, Frank Culbertson (KD5OPQ), 19 Oct 2001 (short version) (20 KB
International Space Station, Frank Culbertson (KD5OPQ), 19 Oct 2001 (long version) (114 KB)
This was my best contact ever... a REAL QSO! Thanks Frank!


Expedition-4
International Space Station, Mark Shuttleworth (ZSRSA, special temporary callsign), 01 May 2002 (short version) (13 KB)
International Space Station, Mark Shuttleworth (ZSRSA, special temporary callsign), 01 May 2002 (long version) (59 KB)
"This is Mark speaking from the International Space Station." (11 KB)
Mark Shuttleworth is the 2nd "spaceflight participant" to visit the ISS.

CQ from NA1SS (Dan Bursch (KD5PNU) or Carl Walz (KC5TIE) on Christmas Eve 2001) (10 KB)
This was the ONLY activity I heard from the official Expedition-4 crew. They called CQ a number of times during this pass but did not make any contacts. Bummer! They were probably listening on the wrong radio frequency. I tried transmitting to them on every uplink frequency that I know, but there are "private" frequencies used for family or school contacts, and my guess is that the radio was set to one of these.


Expedition-5 (using Russian callsign RSØISS)
International Space Station, Valery Korzun (RZ3FK), 10 June 2002 (short version) (29 KB
International Space Station, Valery Korzun (RZ3FK), 10 June 2002 (long version) (92 KB)
A great contact! Valery compliments my Russian in long version.


Expedition-6
International Space Station, Don Pettit (KD5MDT), 27 Feb 2003 (short version) (25 KB
International Space Station, Don Pettit (KD5MDT), 27 Feb 2003 (long version) (62 KB)
VERY weak copy on Don at the beginning. You really have to listen closely to hear him repeat my callsign. After he turned it back to me I spoke too long and lost him completely.

"Things are fine on the space station." Don Pettit (KD5MDT), 5 Jan 2003 (10 KB)


Expedition-7
Ed Lu (KC5WKJ) operating Field Day June 2003 (39 KB)
(SWL only, not a 2-way contact)


Expedition-8
International Space Station, Mike Foale (KB5UAC), 21 Dec 2003 (short version) (26 KB)
... over the Great Lakes, talking on a Kenwood radio, onboard the International Space Station, this is Mike, NA1SS. (24 KB)


Expedition-9
International Space Station, Mike Fincke (KE5AIT) on Field Day, 27 June 2004 (short version) (34 KB)
International Space Station, Mike Fincke (KE5AIT) on Field Day, 27 June 2004 (long version) (72 KB)


Expedition-10
There were few random voice QSO's, but Leroy Chiao (KE5BRW) set a record number of school contacts (23) on this mission. I did not get any contacts or recordings, however. My son was killed in a traffic accident within a week of the Expedition-10 docking, so my interest level was very low for this mission and for Expedition-11.


Expedition-11
No contacts for me. Sergei Krikalev (U5MIR) was radio-silent over the United States, as he was on Expedition-1. I don't really know if his crewmate, John Phillips, was active or not. This is a shame, because I have heard that Sergei was an active ham from the Mir space station. Perhaps he operated over Europe or Russia, but I have not heard of it, except school contacts.


Expedition-12
International Space Station, Bill McArthur (KC5ACR), 9 Jan 2006 (short version) (36 KB)
International Space Station, Bill McArthur (KC5ACR), 9 Jan 2006 (long version) (149 KB)
Bill is the very first astronaut I ever contacted (see STS-58 in 1993 above) and this was my third contact with him. Bill exceeded Leroy Chiao's record for school contacts, as well as achieving Worked All States (WAS), Worked All Continents (WAC), and DXCC (contacts with 100 different countries). WOW! It doesn't get much better than that! Bill was extremely active, making contacts with many hams around the world.


Expedition-18
International Space Station, Richard Garriott (W5KWQ), 16 Oct 2008 (24 KB)
Richard is the son of Owen Garriott, W5LFL, the first ham in space (1983, see clip above).
He is the 6th "spaceflight participant" to visit the ISS.


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