Current Status of ISS Stations

Astronaut Peggy Whitson, Expedition 5 Flight Engineer, holds one of the Amateur Radio antennas prior to installation on the ISS. The antenna is one of a series of four which were clamped on handrails around the Russian Service Module (Svesda). This was done during two different EVA’s conducted by Russian cosmonauts in January and in August 2002.

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Amateur radio (also called “ham” radio) describes the use of radio frequency spectra for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation and emergency communication. The term “amateur” is used to specify “a duly authorised person interested in radioelectric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;”[1](either direct monetary or other similar reward) and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.). Continue reading