Packet Mail from the International Space Station Alpha
Amateur Radio Packet Mail from the International Space Station Alpha
This Amateur Radio packet email was received by Miles WF1F on July 5, 2002. The message was written by ISS Cosmonaut Valery Korzun and posted to the Personal Message System on ISS for Miles. Commander Valery Korsun used Amateur Radio frequently during his Missions on the Russian Space Station Mir, which is where he and Miles first met.
I have been sending NASA my astronaut Mission Specialist application to NASA every year since 1991. And every year NASA says try again. Between 3000-5000 people apply every year. NASA only hires 10-20 astronauts. I am trying to convince NASA that they need to hire an experienced Ham as a astronaut to properly manager and develop the Ham educational projects. So, until they hire me I will just keep building projects for ARISS/ISS to prove to them I can do the job. How can I become a Russian Cosmonaut? hi hi.
I was in Moscow in 1998 to teach Mir crew on SSTV and I hope to go back next year. If my ISS SSTV project keeps moving ahead, I may get the chance to go back to Russian and train people how to use it. I am sorry I do not know much Russian, but I do have computer translators and many Russian friends that help me with translations.
(note: In this memo, commander Valery Korzun is asking, Who is the QSL card manager for the International Space Station. Dave Larsen N6CO use to be the QSL Mgr for Mir, Dave is not the QSL manager for ISS. Normally one person on earth is assigned to be a QSL card manager. The manager will always have a call sign, such as N6CO. During the Mir mission, the crew would say the short phrase "QSL via N6CO". The stations on earth would then Look-up the QSL Managers call sign in one of many publications and get the correct postal address for requesting a Radio confirmation post card. The ISS QSL format is a little different, the crew must say something like QSL via the ARISS web page. This is because there are several QSL managers for the International Space station and the people requesting a QSL card must check the ARISS web to find the correct address for their country. http://www.rac.ca/ariss.htm#QSL's)CMD(B/H/J/K/KM/L/M/R/S/SB/SP/ST/SR/V/?)>