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I'm back in Star City!

Contacts with RA/WD9GET on HF or D-STAR will count for the NASA on the Air special event representing NASA operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC). The QSO will count as a contact with the Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club for the purposes of the special event.

Training operations for our astronauts have been in full swing, so that hasn't left me any time for HF operation (so far). HF operations will most likely be on 20m SSB between 1000 and 1400 UTC. I will update operating times here and Twitter using the hashtags #NASAonTheAir and #NOTA.

I am on D-STAR most days, primarily on REF030C.

Winter Survival

Would you buy a used Soyuz from this man?


I have the privilege to periodically be guest operator at RT3F, the club station of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City (Звёздный городо́к), 35 km NE of Moscow, Russia, operating as RA/WD9GET.

Thanks to Ed, NT2X, A special QSL is available by mail. Please send your QSL card to my address listed here (SASE appreciated).

Previous Russian operating periods:

March - April 2017 (Contacts have been loaded to eQSL.cc and  LoTW)


I'm a Flight Surgeon at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, supporting International Space Station missions, crew training, and future mission development.

I retired from the US Air Force as a Colonel (Flight Surgeon) in 2016 after more than 28 years of service.

My Ham Radio interests include: SKYWARN, ARES, NTS (Digital Relay Station), digital modes, satellites

USAF MARS station AFT6KB (former AFA1DK from the late 80s)


First licensed in 1977 in Indiana

Past President of Purdue Amateur Radio Club W9YB

Current member of Brazoria County ARES and Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club W5RRR

Member of AMSAT

Member of the Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO)

QCWA Member #37584

Straight Key Century Club #18258

Lt Colonel in Civil Air Patrol

Other hobbies: Amateur Astronomy, Medieval History (especially Science and Medicine), Scuba Diving, Weather, Space Weather.

Professional Societies: Aerospace Medical Association (Fellow), Society of NASA Flight Surgeons (Past President), American Socitey of Aerospace Medicine Specialists, Space Medicine Association, Wilderness Medical Society (Fellow), Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, American Academy of Family Physicians (Fellow).


I reached a milestone in August 2017: 40 years as a licensed Ham. I took my Novice written test during Field Day in 1977. The club was operating from the Chrysler High School football stadium in New Castle, IN. I had to sneak out of a summer program I was attending at Purdue University (I wasn't supposed to leave campus). I pulled my license out of the mailbox as I returned home on Aug 5 (though ads for QSL cards had arrived the previous week with my callsign on it - if only I'd been home to see it). By the time the following August arrived, I had upgraded through Technician and General and received my Advanced just 2 weeks before starting at Purdue. This was back when testing sessions were run by the FCC and were only offered at my closest Regional office in Indianapolis once a quarter. It then took me 7 years to get to extra - the 20 wpm code was quite a hurdle, but I got it (barely) on my first attempt, and then passed the theory test a month later in August 1985. I've renewed my license for another 10 years to get me to my 50th anniversary.


Weather at the shack*

Weather Underground PWS KTXALVIN24

*Davis VantageVue weather station feeding data to the CWOP network & Weather Underground 

Weather beyond the shack






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