Working ISS on UHF/VHF

When you make your first contact with the ISS repeater do not forget to request your ISS QSL Card.

Expedition 67 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren participates in a ham radio session in commemoration of the Amateur Radio Relay League's 2022 Field Day supporting public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. 

 "I am just a tech...  what can I do besides talk on local repeaters?"

Answer:  The options are out of this world!!!

One of our members Brian Krenzin  - K9KSU recently made contact with  NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren - KO5MOS operating as NA1SS.  Take a listen.....


The above contact was completed via the cross band repeater that is aboard the International Space Station using the following equipment.

Radio: Yaesu FTM-300 Antenna: Comet GP-6

While K9KSU made the contact from his base station setup, the same can be accomplished using a dual band hand held.  The hand held radio will make it a  bit more challenging,  However, it is possible with patience, good timing, and a little bit of luck.   Hearing the ISS is easily accomplished when the pass is favorable.

Here is a list of things to consider when starting your quest for using the ISS repeater:

ISS Frequency Chart