SPACE QSL RS0ISS special memorial via RM0L: SPACE QSL on request, firstname.lastname@example.org
Those who have made QSO/SWL with the RS0ISS over the years can receive, upon request in a new edition, a special memorial multi-page RS0ISS SPACE QSL-card with all ISS- missions in honor of the 165th anniversary of the founder of modern cosmonautics K.E. Tsiolkovsky, along with a special postal envelope, a vignette postage stamp, stamp and the signature of the great-grandson K.E. Tsiolkovsky Sergey Samburov/RV3DR.
October 2000 marked the beginning of amateur radio as a part of the International Space Station. Operations began with the crew setting up the first ham radio system in the functional cargo block (FGB) portion of the ISS. Several check out passes were conducted during November 2000 and the first school contact was made by Expedition One astronaut Bill Shepherd on December 21, 2000 with the Burbank school in Burbank, Illinois. Since that time, crew members have made numerous school, personal and general contacts with people on every continent.
The ISS has continued to grow in size and capability and so have the amateur radio operations. Several space walks were performed to place antennas on the outside of the Service Module (SM) and additional equipment has been placed inside. This equipment has increased the options available for ham radio operators on the ISS and on the Earth. Future plans call for even more capability and expanded modes of operation.
The current compliment of amateur radios include: Kenwood D710GA in the Columbus Module and a Kenwood D-700E radio in the Service Module.
Current modes of operation include: Cross band Repeater, Packet/APRS, Voice and SSTV. Typically just one mode is operational at a time.
You might hear the the crew talking when the ISS is overhead by monitoring the standard downlink frequency of 145.80 or Packet bursts on the frequency of 145.825