Adrian Lane 2E0SDR got some great publicity for the hobby in national newspapers and TV about an amateur radio contact he had with an astronaut on the International Space Station.
Many of the ISS astronauts hold amateur radio licences. In their spare time they carry out scheduled amateur contacts with school students and occasionally talk direct to individual radio amateurs in their home.
There are two amateur radio stations on the ISS; one is located in the ESA Columbus module with the call sign NA1SS, the other is in the Russian Service module and uses the call sign RS0ISS. A description of the stations can be found at http://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html
Adrian’s contact took place in October 2014, he used an Icom FM transceiver running 25 watts with a VHF Eggbeater Antenna designed by Jerry K5OE. In August 2015 he contacted his local newspaper the Gloucester Citizen to place an advert for Under 11’s soccer players for the local youth team. During the conversation he happened to say he had spoken to the ISS.
The Citizen printed the ISS story, which also mentioned the Ruardean Hill Radio Club, on August 4, 2015 and it was picked up by the UK national newspapers. From there it spread to the media world-wide. The original Citizen story is at http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/ground-control-Coleford-shed-international-space/story-27542896-detail/story.html
The story was published in the Thursday, August 6, 2015 edition of many UK national daily newspapers including The Sun, The Times, Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Express and Mirror.
The Thursday edition of the BBC Radio 4 Today show also featured the story at 8:09:46am. To hear it fast forward to 2:09:46 in this recording: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0643x5z#play it was also mentioned on BBC Radio 5.
During Thursday evening the story featured on the TV news station CNN.
On Friday, August 7, Adrian was interviewed about the contact on the BBC TV Victoria Derbyshire programme and was mentioned on the BBC World Service. Watch the BBC TV interview at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33816779
The online version of the Daily Mail story features a video interview with Adrian 2E0SDR
Watch CNN – Ham radio and the ISS broadcast 1930 GMT Aug 6, 2015
Read the Mirror newspaper story at
The Sun newspaper story is behind a paywall at
The Register story: HAM IN SPAAAAAACE
On Thursday, August 20, 2015 Onno VK6FLAB was interviewed by Gillian O’Shaughnessy for the ABC 720 breakfast show to talk about Amateur Radio as a direct result of the ISS contact by Adrian 2E0SDR.
List of some of the astronauts who have held amateur radio licences http://www.w5rrr.org/astros.html
AMSAT-UK publishes a newsletter, OSCAR News, which is full of Amateur Satellite information. A sample issue of OSCAR News can be downloaded here.
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What is Amateur Radio ? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio