Thursday, February 02, 2006

International Space Station Contact

Message from our Ham, 9W2QC, Sion Chow Q.C,
regarding his latest radio contact with the Astronauts
on board the ISS.


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, 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.
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 @ "



  • Sion,

    Congrats to you and your mum on achieveng the frst's.
    I can't agree with you more about the abolishment of CW, as a requirement. I have no doubts that you have the interest and knowledge to pursue this obby, but for those nitwits who hang on to the thought of using VCR as a primary . .much like thinking MORSE is still the language in ham.

    I am saddened that though we have in the past rallied for more unity in the HAM community, some people have opted to take a stance aback.
    This attitude must change, I will bring up this example in the coming AGM, and ask what MARTS is going to do to help the HAM community in General.

    What is clearly evident now is the ability of stations to have a QSO which can be proudly claimed. Such like yours. I hve come across a station that requested to QSO in Malay, in an International Englisg RF-VOIP chatroom . . .

    In my opinion, it is far more important to speak what others can speak rather than getting through CW . . .makes me wonder if they can copy in English (CW) that is!!

    73s . .good luck de 9W2MCT

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:22 PM  

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