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Space shuttle Frequencies

Sb: Shuttle Communications
    02-Oct-84  21:23:37

There are several ways for people to listen in to Shuttle
communications during the mission.

If you have a shortwave radio, the Goddard Amateur Radio Club will be
rebroadcasting Shuttle communications on single-sideband on these

    3860 kHz
    7185 kHz
   14295 kHz
   21390 kHz
   28650 kHz

(Frequencies obtained from WORLD SPACEFLIGHT NEWS, September 1984.)

Your shortwave radio must be equipped to receive single-sideband (with
a switch labeled "SSB" or "BFO") -- check its instruction manual if
you're not familiar with it.
If you have a scanner and live in certain areas, you may be able to
pick up air-to-ground communications from some VHF relay stations. Such
stations have about a 25-mile range.

In the Washington, DC area, try 147.45 MHz.
Around Houston, TX, check 171.15 MHz.
Near the Dryden Flight Research Center, Lancaster CA (near Edwards Air
Force Base), it's 169.4 MHz.

Also, the National Space Institute and AT&T will again be sponsoring
"Dial-a-Shuttle". Call 1-900-410-6272 to hear the astronaut
communications, or status and feature reports when the Shuttle is out
of range.

"Dial-a-Shuttle" costs 50 cents for the first minute and 35 cents for
each additional minute. This works out to about $10 a half-hour, but
it's better to refer to an activity schedule and call in when
something's happening.

The rates for callers outside the U.S. are the same as for a
long-distance call from that country to the U.S.

Finally, if you're really well off and have a satellite dish, you may
be able to pick up NASA Select Video off of NASA's contract channel.
The last I knew, though, this was on a low-power transponder, meaning
you need a sensitive dish and receiver to get a good signal (this one's
not as easy as the others).
    So check Satcom F1R at 135 degrees west, transponder 13. If no joy
there, check Armed Forces Radio and Television Service on transponder
20; who knows, they may be relaying it.

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