Radio ham on BBC Radio Norfolk

Tim Peake KG5BVI preparing for his spacewalk in January

Tim Peake KG5BVI preparing for his spacewalk in January

Steve Nichols G0KYA got some good publicity for amateur radio by letting his local media outlets know he had received a signal from Tim Peake on the ISS.

He was lucky enough to hear astronaut Tim Peake’s ISS contact with another UK school on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Not only did he record it, but he sent out a press release and ended up being interviewed about it by BBC Radio Norfolk on Friday.

Steve says: “If you do hear and record Tim do contact your local media as they are fascinated by the whole business and it brings good PR for amateur radio in general.”

Read Steve’s blog post and listen to a recording of his interview at
http://g0kya.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/radio-norfolk-interview-about-tim-peake.html

January – Local newspaper reports reception of Tim Peake on ISS
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/13/local-paper-tim-peake-iss/

ARISS UK release full video of Tim Peake and RMS contact

This is the 77 minute video of the ARISS contact between Tim Peake GB1SS and the Royal Masonic School for Girls Rickmansworth GB1RMS.

The video starts with the students of Cadogan House, the prep school for girls aged 4 to 11 at the Royal Masonic School for Girls singing a number of songs that has part of their study into space.

The video continues with the senior school presenting an overview of the activities that they have been involved in as part of their study and understanding of space. This section concludes with a panel of experts from the UK space industry fielding questions from the assembled audience.

At approximately 33 minutes, Ciaran Morgan M0XTD from ARISS, starts the ARISS programme with an introduction of the team, their roles and all the equipment that has been brought to the school to help facilitate the contact.

The actual ARISS contact starts at approximately 53 minutes into the video.

After the contact has finished, the schools head Girl concludes the evening with a short thank you speech and introduces the trainers who prepared some of the girls for the Foundation Amateur Radio License.

Watch the ARISS UK Tim Peake and RMS for Girls video

More history made at second amateur radio call
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/12/more-history-made-at-second-amateur-radio-call/

HamTV on the ISS http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/hamtv-on-the-iss/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

Southampton University students receive Tim Peake

Christian Jacobs 2E0ICL and other members of the Southampton University Wireless Society (SUWS) listened to the Tim Peake GB1SS amateur radio contact on February 11, 2016 with the Royal Masonic School for Girls GB1RMS.

The ISS downlink was on 145.800 MHz (+/- 3.75 kHz Doppler shift).

Watch SUWS receiving ARISS contact with the Royal Masonic School for Girls

Southampton University Wireless Society G3KMI
http://suws.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/391638664206919/

More history made at second amateur radio call
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/12/more-history-made-at-second-amateur-radio-call/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

More history made at second amateur radio call

Royal Masonic School for Girls amateur radio contact with Tim Peake - Credit UKSA

Royal Masonic School for Girls amateur radio contact with Tim Peake – Credit UKSA

The second live amateur radio call to a British school with Tim Peake GB1SS took place Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Royal Masonic School (RMS) for Girls GB1RMS in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

Young women from RMS for Girls who certified as Amateur Radio operators for the live link up -Credit RMS

Young women from RMS for Girls who certified as Amateur Radio operators for the live link up – Credit RMS

Contact was made with the International Space Station (ISS) at around 18:09 GMT and, in a world first at a school, video was streamed over the radio airwaves which meant that the students could see as well as hear Tim. The contact lasted around 8 minutes allowing several students to ask Tim about life on board the ISS.

Year 9 student Saira, asked

What the first word that came into his head was when he saw the Earth from space.

Tim’s response was simple, “beautiful.”

Isabella, aged 7, asked

When I am your age what do you think space travel will look like?

Tim said that Isabella had many years to wait until then but he hoped that trips to the Moon and to Mars would be possible.

Head of Education and Skills for the UK Space Agency, Jeremy Curtis said

The students at the Royal Masonic School did a fantastic and professional job during the contact itself – but more than that, the whole school has really engaged with Tim’s Principia mission by trying out the many education activities he has inspired.

John Gould G3WKL President of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) said

Tonight was a truly historic moment; not only for the school having their contact with Tim, but, for the first time ever a school received amateur television from the ISS. I hope this event gives all the students at the school, and everyone watching, a sense of inspiration in terms of STEM subjects which have been brought so vividly to light in a fun way through amateur radio.

Ciaran Morgan M0XTD from ARISS said

It was marvellous; we’re absolutely elated and extremely grateful to Tim for setting the camera up. It was far better than we could have expected and I hope that the students enjoyed it as much as we did.

The event was broadcast live via the ARISS UK website and will be made available shortly on their YouTube channel.

Sandringham School in St Albans, Hertfordshire were the first school to make a call to Tim and details of dates for all the other 8 shortlisted schools have now been scheduled.

For more information on ARISS calls and other activities linked to the Principia mission, please visit the events page
https://principia.org.uk/events/

Source: UK Space Agency press release
https://principia.org.uk/news/second-amateur-radio-call/

Read the Watford Observer report and watch the video at
http://m.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/14271561.VIDEO__Watch_history_be_made_as_school_becomes_the_first_in_the_world_to_make_video_contact_with_the_International_Space_Station_and_talk_to_Major_Tim_Peake/

Video of Tim Peake’s first Digital Amateur Television (DATV) HamTV ARISS contact as received direct on 2395 MHz by Colin Watts G4KLB in Bournemouth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9keVA21DPBc

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

ISS HamTV used for school contact

Tim Peake HamTV at Royal Masonic School for Girls - Credit Sian Cleaver

Tim Peake HamTV at Royal Masonic School for Girls – Credit Sian Cleaver

In a Tweet sent February 11 the UK Space Agency noted that the HamTV Digital Amateur Television (DATV) transmission by Tim Peake GB1SS from the ISS was a “World First”.

James Patterson M1DST and family listening to Tim Peake

James Patterson M1DST and family listening to Tim Peake

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, at approximately 18:09 UT, an ARISS contact took place between UK astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS and students at the Royal Masonic School for Girls GB1RSM in Rickmansworth, Herts.

The ARISS team of licensed UK Radio Amateurs achieved a world first by receiving live video from the ISS during the contact. Using the HamTV transmitter, which has recently been commissioned on board the ISS, Tim Peake was the first astronaut to use this equipment during a two way schools contact.

As well as building a vehicle based HamTV receive system, which was installed at the school on the day of the contact, the ARISS UK team also installed equipment at the Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall to receive the 2395 MHz HamTV transmissions from the ISS, this was then streamed via the web to the school.

On the Expert Panel at the historic contact were Libby Jackson of the UK Space Agency, Sian Cleaver of Airbus, Frances Wray of QinetiQ, Stephanie Fernandes Engineering Skills Policy Specialist at the IET, Matt Cosby of QinetiQ and Chris Bridges 2E0OBC of the Surrey Space Centre.

Radio amateurs across the British Isles and Europe were able to receive Tim Peake’s signal on 145.800 MHz FM. Among them was James Patterson M1DST who uploaded this video to YouTube.

Watch Listening To The ISS

The ARISS program is designed to maximise the impact of the Principia Mission outreach activities. It directly engages students with media and communication technologies with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

The contact took place on the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/int-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science/international-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science-2016/

UK Space Agency “World First” Tweet
https://twitter.com/spacegovuk/status/697847985212952576

Installation of the Goonhilly HamTV receiver
http://amsat-uk.org/2015/11/12/hamtv-on-the-iss-update/

HamTV on the ISS http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/hamtv-on-the-iss/

The questions asked by the students during the contact are at
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/07/ariss-rms-girls/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

All UK ARISS shortlisted schools are now scheduled

Tim Peake KG5BVI preparing for his spacewalk in January

Tim Peake KG5BVI preparing for his spacewalk in January

After the original competition to find schools that could demonstrate a commitment to Space, STEM and outreach was launched by ARISS in the UK and the UK Space Agency, we announced that ten schools had been shortlisted but that not all of those school would have an opportunity to talk to Tim Peake on the ISS.  In fact Tim himself announced at the UK Space Conference in July 2015 that there would be at least three such contacts and that he was hopeful of more.

The ARISS UK team, working with the ARISS International community, are now pleased to announce that after a number of discussions, all ten schools selected for the UK shortlist have now been scheduled. The proposed scheduled is as follows:-

Feb 11 @1811 UTC : Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth

Feb 15 – Feb 21 : Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol
Feb 22 – Feb 28 : Central Norwich Schools, Norwich
Feb 29 – Mar 06 : Powys Combined Schools, Powys, Wales
Apr 18 – Apr 24 : St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill on Sea
Apr 18 – Apr 24 : Wellesley House Schools, Broadstairs,  Kent
Apr 25 – May 01 : The Derby High School, Bury Lancashire
May 02 – May 08 : Ashfield Primary School, Otley, West Yorkshire
May 09 – May 15 : The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon

These dates correspond to the predicted orbits of the International Space Station visible during the school day (typically 08:00 – 18:00hrs) and when it is orbiting over the UK.  A significant amount of planning remains to be carried out to turn these proposals into confirmed events – Tim’s on-orbit work schedule also has to be such that he is able to carry out the contact at the same time as the ISS is orbiting over the UK and the schools are available to make the call.  Not a simple task!

We will update the ARISS Principia site with more information as it becomes available so make sure you keep checking there, on Twitter (@m0xtd) or on the UK Space Agency website.

In the meantime, make sure you join us for the next ARISS Contact at the Royal Masonic School for Girls on Feb 11th at 1811 UTC.

73s

Ciaran – M0XTD
ARISS Operations Lead in the UK

ARISS Principia site https://principia.ariss.org/

July 2015 – School shortlist announced http://amsat-uk.org/2015/07/14/school-shortlist-tim-peake-iss/

Video of Tim Peake ham radio contact with Sandringham School on January 8, 2016
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/09/video-tim-peake-sandringham/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

Primary school students tune in to Tim Peake

St Mildred’s Primary Infant school students listen to Tim Peake using amateur radio

St Mildred’s Primary Infant school students listen to Tim Peake using amateur radio

The amazing interest in Tim Peake’s mission on the International Space Station (ISS) is keeping the Hilderstone Amateur Radio and Electronics Club busy with enquiries from schools.

The pupils of Monkton C of E Primary school were thrilled to receive a message from space when they picked up the signal from a passing amateur radio satellite. They calculated the orbital period from the variations in the satellite’s temperature as it passed from sunlight into the Earth’s shadow, taking 97 minutes to orbit compared to Tim’s 93 minutes. They learned how Isaac Newton explained the orbit of objects around the Earth nearly 300 years before Sputnik was launched!

The year 2 pupils of St Mildred’s Primary Infant school were very excited to hear Tim’s voice live when he answered the pupils’ questions from Sandringham school. They were using 3 handheld amateur radio receivers provided by the club and heard Tim’s reply to the question about the mission being named after Newton’s book Principia.

If you would like to learn about amateur radio and electronics you will be made most welcome at the club. Alternatively you can send them an email to hilderstoneclub<at>gmail.com or visit the club website.

Hilderstone Amateur Radio and Electronics Club
http://g0hrs.org/
https://twitter.com/G0HRS

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

An Unlikely Pair of Satellites

Students working on AggieSat4 and Bevo-2 satellites - Credit Texas A&M University / Dexter Becklund

Students working on the AggieSat4 and Bevo-2 satellites – Credit Texas A&M University / Dexter Becklund

Dr Helen Reed KD7GPX is interviewed in a NASA story about the AggieSat4 and Bevo-2 satellites which were deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on January 29, 2016.

Students from Texas A&M University and The University of Texas came together for the LONESTAR investigation.

This collaborative effort sent a pair of satellites, AggieSat4 and Bevo-2, to the International Space Station. The satellites were deployed from the space station on January 29, and AggieSat4 will eject Bevo-2 as part of a demonstration of technology with applications for future space exploration.

The two satellites will demonstrate communication protocols between them and with ground stations, as well as systems that allow the satellites to navigate through space and relative to each other and to orient themselves in three dimensions. Flight demonstration of these abilities, necessary for unmanned craft to be able to rendezvous and dock in space without direct human intervention, will contribute to future satellite missions as well.

“The overall objective is to find ways for small spacecraft to join together autonomously in space,” said Dr. Helen Reed, KD7GPX, professor of aerospace engineering and director of the AggieSat Lab at Texas A&M. “We need simple systems that will allow rendezvous and docking with little to no help from a human, which will become especially important as we venture farther out into space. Applications could include in-space assembly or reconfiguration of larger structures or systems as well as servicing and repair.”

Small satellites are less expensive to build and investigators can more easily find space on rocket launches to send them into orbit, but it does take creative thinking to design a functioning satellite with smaller volume and less power. Bevo-2 is 13.3 inches long, 5.3 inches high and 5.3 inches wide, about the size of a loaf of bread. AggieSat4 measures 24 by 24 by 12 inches, slightly larger than a piece of carry-on luggage. Together the satellites weigh 114 pounds.

Read the full story at
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/unlikely-pair-of-satellites.html

Watch The deployment of AggieSat4

The IARU has coordinated these frequencies for the amateur radio payloads:
• AggieSat4 436.250 MHz 9k6 FSK telemetry (also 153.6 kbps FSK)
• Bevo-2 437.325 MHz CW and 38k4 FSK

The AggieSat4 team request that any amateur radio enthusiasts receiving the beacons sends any data to aggiesat@tamu.edu it would be much appreciated!

AggieSat4 information
https://twitter.com/aggiesat
https://www.facebook.com/AggieSatLab
http://aggiesatweb.tamu.edu/index.php/projects/lab_projects/aggiesat4
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v8razh1evcabt7a/jrGSjbOJb4

Bevo-2 information
https://www.facebook.com/UTSatLab
https://www.ae.utexas.edu/news/features/bevo-2-satellite-sdl

AggieSat4 reception reports http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?cat=313

Sandringham School presentation

Handheld transceivers being presented to Sandringham School students

Handheld transceivers being presented to Sandringham School students

On Monday, January  26, 2016, Tony Wiltshire, M0TNY/ZB2TY – from Martin Lynch & Sons Ltd and Mark Haynes, M0DXR – from Kenwood UK visited Sandringham School in St Albans.

A presentation and demonstration was made to Polly, M6POG, Emma, M6GJQ and Jessica, M6LPJ, the school’s newly licenced amateurs who previously had made the initial contact with Tim Peake GB1SS aboard the ISS.

The girls had placed orders for Kenwood’s TH-K20E VHF handies with ML&S and have been looking forward to being active on the bands with their own equipment. ML&S hope the demonstration will get them the air very soon and they also thank headmaster Alan Gray, G4DJX, for his hospitality and wish Sandringham School Radio Hams the best for the future!

Rumour has it that 15 more students from the school will be taking their licence exams as a result of the interest from the ISS contact.

ML&S website http://www.MLandS.co.uk/

Video of Tim Peake ham radio contact with Sandringham School
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/09/video-tim-peake-sandringham/

TV News: Sandringham school amateur radio ISS contact
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/08/bbc-tv-sandringham-school-amateur-radio-iss-contact/

Local newspaper reports reception of Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS from the ISS
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/13/local-paper-tim-peake-iss/

Listening to the ISS on a handheld radio
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/10/listening-iss-on-handheld/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

ISS AggieSat4 Satellite Deployment

Simulation of AggieSat4 on orbit - Credit Andrew Shell

Simulation of AggieSat4 on orbit – Credit Andrew Shell

The AggieSat4 satellite carrying the Bevo-2 CubeSat is expected to be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on January 29, both have amateur radio payloads.

Below is a timelapse of the build process of the Texas A&M student-built satellite, AggieSat4. The video spans an entire year, the amount of time it took to build AGS4, however many more years were put into the design and programming of AGS4 before any hardware was assembled.

AggieSat4 was launched aboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-4 cargo resupply mission. The Cygnus spacecraft was mounted atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that took the Cygnus from the Kennedy Space Center up into Low Earth Orbit on December 6 at 4:44pm EST.

AGS4 is planned to release from the ISS on January 29 and will then proceed to eject the University of Texas CubeSat, Bevo-2 and perform relative navigation tasks as well as take pictures of the release of Bevo-2.

The IARU has coordinated these frequencies for the amateur radio payloads:
AggieSat4 436.250 MHz 9k6 FSK telemetry (also 153.6 kbps FSK)
Bevo-2 437.325 MHz CW and 38k4 FSK

Watch AggieSat4 Build Process Timelapse – LONESTAR 2

The AggieSat4 team request that any amateur radio enthusiasts receiving the beacons sends any data to aggiesat@tamu.edu it would be much appreciated!

AggieSat4 information
https://twitter.com/aggiesat
https://www.facebook.com/AggieSatLab
http://aggiesatweb.tamu.edu/index.php/projects/lab_projects/aggiesat4
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v8razh1evcabt7a/jrGSjbOJb4

Bevo-2 information
https://www.facebook.com/UTSatLab
https://www.ae.utexas.edu/news/features/bevo-2-satellite-sdl

AggieSat4 reception reports http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?cat=313