K4HB dot com - Contacts with Astronauts
I must say that some of my favorite contacts have been with astronauts and cosmonauts aboard orbiting
spacecraft. While there are no awards for these contacts, other than QSL
cards, the thrill of making these contacts is rewarding enough. When I talked with
Astronauts Shannon Lucid and John Blaha aboard the Russian Mir, I had the
tape recorder handy. These recordings were converted to files with a nice program that filters
much of the noise and allows editing to cut out undesirable areas of
noise and silence. I have two contacts with Dr. Lucid on 19/May/96 and 20/May/96. My
contact with Col. Blaha was on 13/Oct/96. My call at the time of these contacts was N4DPC. Both sound
clips can be heard by clicking below.
and Blaha are veteran astronauts who have flown on
Discovery, Atlantis, and Columbia missions. Dr. Lucid holds the record for a
woman and any American for staying aboard the Russian Mir for 188 days. She received
the Congressional Space Medal of Honor from President Clinton and the Order
of Friendship Medal from Russian President Yeltsin. Col. Blaha also received
the Order of Friendship Medal and many more medals as an astronaut and from
military service. More information and biographies for both astronauts are
available by clicking below.
Click below to hear my contacts with astronauts. Both files are in MP3 format for the fastest download time.
If you are an amateur
operator interested in working satellites and/or spacecraft, the following site
is filled with valuable information, which includes tracking and frequencies.
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