The STS-51F was not heard in Paltamo, because theinclination was only 50 degrees and the operation of STS-61Awould have needed a 432 MHz gear, which were not available.However, several OH-operators were lucky to work with the spaceshuttle.
N5WQC from Atlantis STS-45 in May-April was heard andsignals were recorded during several orbits.
Every one ofthe four (4) radio amateurs (Brian, N5WQW; David, N5WQC;Kathryn, N5YYV and Dirk, ON1AFD) attending the flight wereheard on 2 meters FM in Paltamo. They were very active on FM.
The missleading UPLINKinformation caused problems. The correct frequency was notavailable until the last days of the flight and OH8UV made hisfirst FM 2-meter contact to the shuttle.
Paltamo Youth Communicatios Summer Camp (held by the localsociety: several county schooling authorities support school chilren's summer activities) in its program hadseveral ham radio subjects like an introduction to C64 computersatellite tracking program (by OH2SN), listening to samples(recordings) of Atlantis flight, satellite QSOs and editinga video how to work with the shuttle.
A two weeks period in August-September was dedicated to a schoolcamp in Hossa (Vocational Centre in Kuusamo). The programconsisted of learning how to listen and work amateur radiosatellites, HF and VHF, also meteor scatter operations wereintroduced. The STS-47 flight was demonstrated and monitoredby satellite tracking computer program.
The near-by packet radio boxes started to be flooded bysatellite messages. Those I stored to discettes. One messagewas referring to an Educational Horizons Magazine's (by NASA)article of the SAREX-program. Astonishing was to reveal: we havebeen doing the same since the early beginning.