Friday, January 13, 2006

ISS Contact from Malaysia

Following email received from 9W2QC

Sion Chow Q. C. (9W2QC)

Jan 11 (2 days ago)
First of all a very Happy New Year to all of you.
On the 9th of January 2006, at 0136 Hours Malaysian Standard Time or 1736 Hours UTC, I managed a QSO with William McArthur (KC5ACR) on board the International Space Station (ISS).
Please visit for more details.
I am also happy that this QSO has served three points:

1. That the 1st station he worked from Malaysia is a 9 WHISKEY station.
This shows that 9W are also capable of out of earth communications.

2. That the astronauts do not turn off the radio over Asia as claimed by some parties.

3. That the QRM over Asia is not as bad as claimed by some parties. Bill himself said that it is not as bad as over North Africa and Europe.

Thank You.
73,Sion Chow Q. C.,9W2QC.
Strong supporter of the abolishment of the Morse Code requirement to obtain a full license!!!Support NCI for the healthy future of ham radio !!! Join NCI @ "



  • Congrats Sion,

    Happy New Year to you too.
    To gather support, come on down to Ali B, Tmn Tun, and I am sure your experience and goals will be shared by many others.

    73s 9w2mct

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 PM  

  • Thank you very much for your wishes, Tony.

    Sion Chow Q. C.,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:29 PM  

  • Hello All,

    William (Bill) McArthur, KC5ACR, has been very active operating ham radio from the International Space Station (ISS) the previous weekend. On the 21st and 22nd January 2006 (Saturday and Sunday), I managed to make another two QSOs with Bill on board the ISS. With this, I had made a total of three QSOs with Bill and five QSOs with the ISS crews.

    What is more interesting is that, my mother, Kathleen (9W2MAH) also managed to make a contact on the 22nd January 2006. Congratulations to my mother, who has became the first YL from Malaysia to have worked Bill!!! Although she was a bit nervous, I am still very proud that she managed to make the contact.

    For more information and recordings, please visit

    Now, I am happy to say that the first station to work Bill, the first OM station to work Bill and the first YL station to work Bill are 9 WHISKEY stations respectively. This shows that, morse code testing is not relevant as a testing standard to test a person's capability to operate amateur radio and a person who can send morse code at 15 WPM do not necessarily have to be a good radio operator.

    Thank You.

    Sion Chow Q. C.,

    Strong supporter of the abolishment of the Morse Code requirement to obtain a full license!!!Support NCI for the healthy future of ham radio !!! Join NCI @ "

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:35 PM  

  • Hi there. Touche!

    Nice job. I think you make a very compelling argument as to the ability and the intent of the whiskeys to explore technically. To strengthen your position, you should extend your sphere of influence to some of the other politically inclined members, be they whiskey or mike.

    I think there are a lot of sensitivities in this area. I dont pretend to understand them. I accept them as emotional baggage, so to speak. You have my support.

    By Blogger 9W2XYZ, at 9:21 AM  

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