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ISS commander continues to set on-the-air records (Feb 10, 2006) --
International Space Station Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR,
has topped 100 entities in his effort to complete DXCC from space. "Bill was
able to work a few more stations prior to and just after the space walk that
deployed SuitSat-1 and now has exceeded the 100 mark," says Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> ) Ham Radio
Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO. Among the latest DXCC entities he
worked from NA1SS were Brunei (V8), Chagos Island (VQ9), Falkland Islands
(VP8), East Malaysia (9M6), Reunion (FR), Tajikistan (EY) and Trinidad &
Tobago (9Y-9Z). Since DXCC rules make no provisions for contacts from space,
McArthur will have to settle for an honorary DXCC certificate. One of the
most active ISS crew members, McArthur also now holds the record for the
most ARISS school group contacts at 24, and Expedition 12 still has
approximately seven more weeks to go. McArthur has been on both VHF and UHF,
and earlier completed Worked All Continents (WAC), including Antarctica, on
both 2 meters and 70 cm. The worldwide VHF FM voice downlink frequency is
145.800 MHz. Voice uplink frequencies are 144.49 MHz for Regions 2 and 3
(the Americas, and the Pacific), and 145.20 MHz for Region 1 (Europe,
Central Asia and Africa). Congratulations Bill, and keep it up!





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