Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

Anousheh Calling CQ from ISS

Comment by Peter G. — September 25, 2006 @ 7:38 pm

Ham radio (amateur radio) operators around the world have the chance to talk directly with Anousheh during her stay on the International Space Station (ISS).

On September 24, 8:20 UTC Anousheh’s voice was heard on 145.800 MHz over southern Europe, when she was calling: “CQ CQ this is RS0ISS (Romeo Sierra Zero India Sierra Sierra) from International Space Station calling for anyone in Iran.””

You can listen here:

[Thanks to Christian in Austria, who recorded Anousheh’s voice on Ham Radio]

Anousheh was heard again on September 25, around 07:10 UTC when she was calling CQ over Europe and looking for ham radio stations in Iran for a contact with students.

She was very active last Thursday or Friday over Central US and several people had the chance to talk to her.

Anousheh was trained on how to make ham radio contacts with Earth during her cosmonaut training in Star City near Moscow. There is a permanent Amateur Radio station aboard the International Space Station (ARISS) and all cosmonauts and astronauts get a training and individual callsign after finishing the ham radio examinations.

Amateur Radio Training

Anousheh does not have a personal license yet but has been granted operator privilidges to use the RS0ISS callsign according to Russian regulations. She was planning to get her license but her flight being moved up 6 months prevented her from doing so.

The first ham station in space was set up in shuttle Columbia in December 1983 by astronaut Owen Garriott who used his amateur callsign W5LFL for voice contacts with amateur radio operators on the ground.

The russians even got further and installed a permanent ham radio station onboard MIR. The first all-ham station crew: Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov mounted an amateur radio antenna on the outer surface of Mir station in 1988. Back inside, Titov (callsign U1MIR), Manarov (U2MIR) and Valery Polyakov (U3MIR) used a two-watt amateur radio transceiver to call CQ from their new home and chat with hams on the ground.

The ham radio activities on MIR and later on the ISS became a regular and permanent institution. Many radio amateurs around the world had the chance to talk to the crew onboard, clearly something which they will not forget and which inspired many. In addition, more and more contacts with schools were arranged, where kids and students could ask questions to the astronauts and get first hand experience. Beside these activities, the ham radio station also serves as a back-up for the internal communication links. In fact, there was at least one occassion were this was used for some emergency traffic. Also this communication is “uncensored” and during the changes in the former USSR, ham radio was in the beginning the only source for independed informations for the crew onboard MIR, which did not know what was going on on the ground..


  1. Dear Peter;

    As an Iranian, I got upset and ashamed to read that Anousheh’s
    trial to contact with anybody here in Iran has failed. But, as
    I saw the ham radio channel, it got cleared: Here, in Iran, this
    band is associated to some governmental services (Police I guess)
    and nobody here may listen or read anything on it. Instead, our
    amateur radio operators are using the old 27MHz (11m) band, which
    I know is not usable there. So, please explain Anousheh this matter
    and tell her not to be disappointed from Iranians!

    I hope by some means she could contact with Iranians directly soon.

    Regards, Farhad from Iran.

    Comment by Farhad — September 26, 2006 @ 9:08 am

  2. خانم انصاري سلام ،خيلي خوشحالم كه صداي گرم شما را از فضا ميشنوم.من افتخار ميكنم كه اولين زن فضانورد ايراي هستيد.
    واقعا شجاعت شما را تحسين ميكنم.شما درس اعتماد به نفس را به من آموختيد. من يك دانش آموز 10 ساله ايراني ساكن شهركرد هستم و هر شب به آسمان خيره ميشوم تا شايد عبور ايستگاه فضايي بين المللي را ببينم و قتي شنيدم شما در عرض نوددقيقه كره زمين را دور ميزنيد هيجانزده شدم.اميدوارم بسلامتي به زمين برگرديد. شايد قسمت من هم شد به فضا بروم.ي

    Comment by كيميا خواجه علي — September 26, 2006 @ 10:06 am

  3. Dear Farhad,

    thank you very much for your explanation.
    I know that a contact with EP3RF was planned on Monday and also today Anousheh called several times with no luck.

    I’m pretty sure she will understand that this might be somewhat difficult.. Maybe next time…

    best wishes
    Peter from Germany

    Comment by Peter Guelzow — September 26, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

  4. سلام انوشه عزیز
    همیشه کوچک که بودیم مادرها و مادربزرگ ها برایمان تعریف می کردند خدا توی آسمونهاست.والان تو هم اونجایی ….نزدیک تر از همیشه به خدای بزرگ…پس دعا کن برای ایران عزیز…
    دو مطلب فارسی موجود توی سایتتو تو وبلاگ گذاشتم.لطفا فارسی بیشتر بنویس…من فرصت و شاید خیلی های دیگه فرصت برای تایپ ترجمه فارسی مطالب رو نداریم.و از طرفی خیلی ها هم نمی تونن انگلیسی رو خوب ترجمه کنن….منتظرم…

    Comment by گولو — September 26, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

  5. HI Anousheh
    . we loves you very mach .you are doing goooooood.Pleas try to send to us your pictures with your beautiful smile.
    we hope so that you will do it soon..

    Comment by SEIFU — September 27, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

  6. HI Anousheh
    . we loves you very mach .you are doing goooooood.Pleas try to send to us your pictures with your beautiful smile.
    we hope so that you will do it soon..

    Comment by Seifu from SEATTLE USA — September 27, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

  7. There have been reports that Anousheh spent additional time this afternoon and talked around 16:09 UTC to PS8RF in the north east of Brazil and made another school contact over US around 15:40 UTC and the prvious orbit.

    Peter, DB2OS

    Comment by Peter Guelzow — September 27, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

  8. For those who are interested, some backround information about the ham radio training in StarCity can be found in these pages from my trip to StarCity in 1995:


    Comment by Peter Guelzow — September 27, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

    I hope u have a very nice time up there and im sure u do.( jaye ma ham khali)
    you dont now how much hapy i wa’ when i heard your story of your trip
    let me tell u a little about myself my name is hossein i was born iran but originaly im from afghanistan and im 19 an presently im living in qom one of the city of iran and im sure u know it.
    By the time i was reading ur blog wich updated from ISS I realy couldnt stop my tears cuz ue dream that u made it true is my bigest and only wish and when I saw you turrned ur dream to reality i strongly motivated and energized to do the same for myself and one of the my reason for this is that im gonna see the a little power of god but my situatin is not realy suitable and i have some problems for studing on this case i know for the atart i must got america for my educatin contunuation but its realy hard to me. sory if its became too long and i hope u can read this and contact me and advise me about my goal. my e-mail: [received]
    i wish u be healthy up there and do ur works perfectly
    movafgh bashi doostdar shoma hossein
    hossein hosseini

    Comment by hossein special — September 27, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

  10. For more information on amateur radio in Iran see

    It is not limited to 27 MHz.

    Comment by Leigh — September 27, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

  11. Recording from N8MS contact can be heard here —

    Comment by X PRIZE — September 28, 2006 @ 4:38 am

  12. salam o alikum A Ansari
    u don very good .we all like you .i hope u don more good.i pray to Allah for ur fitness and happieness.take care

    Comment by tahir — September 28, 2006 @ 5:43 am

  13. سلام خانم دکتر انصاری
    ما از طرف کلوپ رادیواماتوری دانشگاه صنعتی شیراز جمعه ساعت 1:30صبح به وقت شیراز(GMT2300/28 SEP)باکال ساین “EP4SP” شهریار پاسیار با شما تماس خواهیم گرفت در صورت برقرار نشدن تماس در ساعات ممکن دیگر با شما تماس خواهیم گرفت لطفا در صورت امکان فرکانس تماس را به همین آدرس بفرستید.


    Comment by mehdi ostovan — September 28, 2006 @ 9:46 am

  14. سلا م بر قهرمان فضانورد

    Comment by عسل — September 28, 2006 @ 10:11 am

  15. hi, i’m tom from Malaysia,
    we get a lot of media coverage here, in malaysia, but ham radios r not a common thing in malaysia. in fact, i don’t think many will know what is a “ham radio”!!! but, as i’m quite interested in space science and my country is going to launch our first malaysian astronaut into space, we know a lot about the ISS here nowadays. i hope that u can send me a pic of u in space, and if u can, thanks very much!!!
    and a very happy Ramadhan month to all Muslims, even though i’m not 1!!!1

    Comment by Keth Tejoh — September 29, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

  16. Anousheh is no longer calling CQ from ISS, but if you have recordings to share, please post on the Ham Radio page:

    73 & 88
    Ground Ops

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 2, 2006 @ 4:14 am

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