Ever looked up on a clear evening and seen the International Space Station? Did you know that it is classed as a satellite and that it has Amateur Radio equipment onboard and astronauts who are licensed radio amateurs?

This is a part of the hobby that does not cease to amaze. It is not just the ISS up there with radio equipment. There are other satellites, some as small as 10cm cubes that you can use to speak to other radio amateurs. We even have a British one flying in space called FunCube.

If you want to learn more about spaceborne radios travelling at 7.6 kilometres per second, come and visit FRARS.

FUNCube – image courtesy Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG