ARISS International Teleconference
Tuesday June 27, 2006 11:00 UTC (7:00 am ET)
Kenneth Ransom, call in
John Nickel, call in
Interpreter, Olga Frumkin
Unable to Attend:
Jon Neubauer, call in
Bob Bruninga, call in
Bill Boston, call in
ARISS I Agenda:
1. ARISS-I meeting, October 2006, Presenter: F. Bauer
This meeting will be immediately following the AMSAT-NA Colloquium and Space Symposium being held in San Francisco, CA, USA on Oct. 5 – 8, 2006. Information can be found at http://www.amsat.org. Frank would like to generate a paper consisting of the regional reports, as we did at the 2004 ARISS-I meeting. He will distribute that 2004 paper as a starting point. It is time to start making reservations for flights and rooms. Please let Frank know via email who all will be attending for ARISS, and any agenda items. Joint registration details (AMSAT and ARISS) will be forthcoming.
Carlos said the RSGB General Manager would need to receive a request from ARISS in order for Carlos Eavis to be able to attend.
2. Japanese space visitor, Daisuke "Dice-K" Enomoto, Presenter: F. Bauer
Sergey is still in need of some information to get Daisuke his license, and is working with Keigo to get everything worked out to clear him for operations. The US will help if at all possible, for a Japanese license or a US one if needed.
3. School contacts - Thomas Reiter, Presenters: G. Bertels, F. Bauer
ESA school contacts are being set up for Thomas’ flight, with the first being set up for July 29. Beginning in September the ISS overpasses of Europe will be during daylight, so some direct contacts with schools are being planned in that timeframe. Gaston may implement the use of CEPT or DP0ISS or ON4ISS for the Reiter QSOs. He will find out if the Greek QSOs will be in English. Reiter's QSOs are on specific days, per ESA's needs. He plans for the telebridge QSOs to be in English except maybe for one (the Mannheim museum in November). For this QSO, we’d need a German-speaking ham operator; maybe we could use ON4ISS if there is no third party issue. There IS a third party issue with the US ground station and using NA1SS with Jeff as control op, as he doesn’t speak German. We need to write down all the facts of this QSO, and check the legalities; Ken Pulfer will assist us. Transmitting RF out of the building that houses the museum -- and setting up a station there -- would be a challenge. We need to find out if there are good passes. Gaston can consider using a Mannheim ham station and transmit remotely to the museum. The operations team will need to check on the details of licenses, licensees, third party, CEPT regulations, and language considerations. They will work with Chris Imlay/ARRL and Ken Pulfer to make sure all regulations will be met.
4. New Business (administrative only)
Robin is still accepting nominations from the delegates for elections at the October meeting.
5. SSTV/computer status, Presenter: S. Samburov
Sergey is preparing to send a dedicated ISS Ham computer up on the October 2006 Progress supply launch. Pavel has requested that he be able to install the SSTV now, and he will use an existing computer with the software that was shipped up earlier. Sergey prepared and uplinked a radiogram with preparation and operation instructions. Almost all is ready; the only missing item is the IBM Webcam driver, but that should be available for Pavel soon. The Expedition 14 crew will be trained on SSTV, and when Daisuke comes to Russia in a couple of weeks, he probably will be trained and certified for SSTV operation. Thomas Reiter has already been trained as well.
Frank noted that Sergey’s radiogram shows the use of MMSSTV, not SpaceCam. Miles has concerns about the procedure setting the right frequencies and packet configuration. The radiogram appears to be answers to Pavel’s questions, not a full procedure on correct operations. This does not appear to be a full-blown activation of SSTV; it appears to be more of a personal use for Pavel.
Kenneth would like to pursue having a crewmember reset the old packet module on the Ericsson if there is a computer dedicated to ISS Ham. The US team will work on making sure the procedure is up to date.
6. New business
Gaston presented ARISS to a group of IARU and European AMSAT members, in preparation for an exhibition in the European Parliament in Brussels, March 5–9, 2007, and suggested an ARISS QSO for a part of this presentation
The antennas for the Columbus module failed the qualification testing, and suffered some damage. They will be repaired and modified to meet the test requirements. Gaston will work with the US team to get them coated.
Kenneth is still looking for QSL cards to get to Bill McArthur for his DXCC award.
Frank has not had email connectivity for the last month or so, and is trying to dig out and catch up.
The next ARISS international telecon will probably be July 25, 2006.
Mark Steiner, K3MS, for the ARISS Team