ISS SSTV 145.800 FM Jan 28-29

ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld

ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are planning to transmit Slow Scan TV images on 145.800 MHz FM using the SSTV mode PD-120.

The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be made from the amateur radio station RS0ISS in the Russian Service module of the ISS.

Jan 28 – Starts after 12:10 GMT and ends at 17:15 GMT*

Jan 29 – Start about 13:10 GMT and ends at 18:05 GMT*

*Dates and times subject to change.

ARISS SSTV Blog https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

Useful SSTV info and links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

CHESS CubeSat Constellation to carry FUNcube transponders

CHESS CubeSat - Credit EPFL Spacecraft Team

CHESS CubeSat – Credit EPFL Spacecraft Team

In 2020, a project between AMSAT-UK, AMSAT-NL and Swiss universities started with the aim of equipping two Swiss satellites with a linear transponder for amateur radio.

CHESS - Three Unit CubeSat

CHESS – Three Unit CubeSat

With a linear transponder, several QSOs can take place simultaneously. The satellites can be operated in CW/SSB with the simplest equipment. The satellites also include features for classroom demonstrations and experiments. In numerous teleconference discussions, the technical possibilities could be sounded out and the realisation prepared.

The CHESS [Constellation of High Energy Swiss Satellites] project includes two satellites, which will be built simultaneously and later launched as a constellation. Both will provide a linear transponder for amateur radio use. The first satellite will have a nearly circular orbit at an altitude of 400 km. The second will have an elliptical orbit with an altitude of 350×1000 km.

The satellites themselves are a project of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) with support from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU – Institute of Electrical Engineering IET), the University of Bern, the Valais University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HES-SO), the Haute École Neuchâtel and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich. The amateur radio payload is a project of AMSAT-UK/-NL.

On 18 December 2020, the successful system requirements review took place. The project coordination between CHESS and AMSAT lies with the Amateur Radio Association of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Technology & Architecture, Horw.

The Swiss AMSAT Operators provide information about the CHESS project at https://www.amsat-hb.org/funcube-chess/

EPFL Spacecraft Team https://www.epflspacecraftteam.com/chess-1

CHESS - Three Board Stack

CHESS – Three Board Stack

Video of Dual-band Eggbeater Antenna talk

EI6EG 144-435 MHz Dual-band Eggbeater AntennaThe South Dublin Radio Club have shared the talk Joe EI6EG gave them on the construction of a 2m – 70cm Dual Band “Eggbeater” Antenna.

Also read this article – Build Your Own Satellite Antenna – by John Hemming G0UYT which appeared in the April 2019 edition of Practical Wireless magazine https://www.radioenthusiast.co.uk/news/feature-build-your-own-satellite-antenna

Watch Building a 2m – 70cm Dual Band “Eggbeater” Antenna

Follow the South Dublin Radio Club at https://twitter.com/SDRadioClub

ISS Slow Scan TV event 145.800 MHz FM

ISS SSTV image received by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN April 12, 2016 at 1556 UT

ISS SSTV image received by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN April 12, 2016 at 1556 UT

An ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International Space Station (ISS) for December 24-31.

This will be a special SSTV event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ARISS operations on the ISS.

The event is scheduled to begin on December 24 from 16:40 GMT and continue until December 31 ending at 18:15 GMT. Dates and times subject to change due to ISS operational adjustments.

Images will be transmitted on 145.800 MHz FM +/- 3 kHz Doppler shift and the expected SSTV mode of operation is PD 120.

If your radio has selectable FM filters then for best results try selecting the wider filter designed for 25 kHz channel spacing.

ARISS SSTV Blog http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

Post and view images on the ARISS SSTV Gallery https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/

ARISS SSTV Award: After your image is posted at the gallery, you can acquire a special award by linking to https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ and follow directions for submitting a digital copy of your received image.

ISS SSTV info and links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) https://www.ariss.org/

AMSAT’s RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Launched

LauncherOne Drop Test July 2019 - Credit Virgin Orbit

LauncherOne Drop Test July 2019 – Credit Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne Launch Demo 2 mission carried AMSAT’s RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E to orbit on Sunday, January 17, 2020.

On January 19 AMSAT issued this RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Status Update
https://www.amsat.org/radfxsat-2-fox-1e-status-update/

At 22:28 GMT, Jan 17, Virgin Orbit Tweeted:

Payloads successfully deployed into our target orbit! We are so, so proud to say that LauncherOne has now completed its first mission to space, carrying 9 CubeSat missions into Low Earth Orbit for our friends @NASA. #LaunchDemo2

RadFxSat-2, like RadFxSat / Fox-1B, now AMSAT-OSCAR 91, is a partnership opportunity between Vanderbilt University and AMSAT and will carry a similar radiation effects experiment, studying new FinFET technology.

RadFxSat-2 is the fifth and final Fox-1 satellite built by AMSAT. The RadFxSat-2 spacecraft bus is built on the Fox-1 series but features a linear transponder “upgrade” to replace the standard FM transponder in Fox-1A through D. In addition, the uplink and downlink bands are reversed from the previous Fox satellites in a Mode V/u (J) configuration using a 2 meter uplink and 70 cm downlink. The downlink features a 1200 bps BPSK telemetry channel to carry the Vanderbilt science data in addition to a 30 kHz wide transponder for amateur radio use. Telemetry and experiment data can be decoded using FoxTelem version 1.09 or later.

FoxTelem is available at https://www.amsat.org/foxtelem-software-for-windows-mac-linux/

Participation in telemetry collection by as many stations in as many parts of the world as possible is essential as AMSAT Engineering looks for successful startup and indications of the general health and function of the satellite as it begins to acclimate to space. AMSAT will send a commemorative 3D printed QSL card to the first station capturing telemetry from RadFxSat-2.

TLE’s of satellites on the launch are at https://www.amsat.org/tle/current/nasabare.txt

RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Frequencies:

Telemetry Downlink – 435.750 MHz 1200 bps BPSK
Inverting Linear Transponder Uplink – 145.860 MHz – 145.890 MHz
Inverting Linear Transponder Downlink – 435.760 MHz – 435.790 MHz

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

Source AMSAT News Service https://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

Athlone students to contact ISS

Shannon Walker KD5DXB

Shannon Walker KD5DXB

An ARISS educational school contact is planned between astronaut Shannon Walker KD5DXB on the International Space Station and students at Athlone Community College, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

The contact is scheduled on Monday, December 7, 2020, at approximately 2:50 PM (1450 GMT, 1550 CET) with the link to the ISS operated by the amateur radio ground station EI1ISS.

The ISS FM downlink signal will be audible across the British Isles and Europe on 145.800 MHz +/-3.5 kHz Doppler shift. Those who do not have an amateur radio receiver or are in a different part of the world will still be able to receive the signal from space by using either of these online WebSDR radios:
Goonhilly: https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk/
Farnham: http://farnham-sdr.com/
Click on the FM mode button, and enter 145800 into the “kHz” frequency box.

It is understood the event will also be live streamed, for URL check https://twitter.com/ACCspacecall

Shannon Walker was selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, a Master of Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Space Physics from Rice University. Walker began her professional career at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in 1987 as a Robotics Flight Controller for the Space Shuttle Program. In 2010, she served as Flight Engineer for Expedition 24/25, a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station that lasted 163 days. Walker served as mission specialist on the Crew-1 SpaceX Crew Dragon, named Resilience, which launched November 15, 2020. She is currently serving as Flight Engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 64.

Athlone Community College information:

Athlone, situated in the centre of Ireland, is the largest town on the River Shannon.  Athlone Community College is a second-level school which has 1200 students aged between 12 and 18 from a diverse range of backgrounds, both rural and urban.

Our school motto is “by teaching we learn”. Mathematics, Science and Engineering subjects occupy a special place in the school curriculum. The school’s staff and teachers are proudly committed to students fulfilling their potential in a welcoming and friendly environment.

The school has an active sporting programme which includes Rugby Football, Gaelic Football, Athletics and Golf while the Arts are catered for by a school Orchestra and Choir.

Our students have enjoyed studying the ISS and the space programme. We really appreciate the crew fitting our school into their busy schedule. Thank you! It will be a memorable experience for us all here.

Students First Names and Questions:

1. Roisín (16):  Did you enjoy the launch into space?

2. Tristan (16):  Tell us something about current experiments on the ISS?

3. Seán (14):  What is your favourite area in the ISS?

4. Shauna (16):  What activities do you do in your spare time?

5. Cillian (12):  What is the most interesting thing you have seen on Earth from the space station?

6. Michelle (16):  What evidence of climate change can you see from space?

7. John (16):  How many years of training does it take to become an astronaut?

8. Patrick (16):  Where does the ISS get its energy from?

9. Zayna (16):  What happens if you are in a space suit and your nose becomes really itchy?

10. Kian (16):  When you return home what will you miss most about the ISS?

11. Roisín (16):  What was the most difficult challenge you had to overcome during training?

12. Tristan (16):  When you first saw the earth from space what was your reaction?

13. Seán (14):  Has something useful on earth come from space experiments?

14. Shauna (16):  Are your muscles weak when you return from micro gravity?

15. Cillian (12):  If there was a manned mission to Mars would you consider going?

16. Michelle (16):  Will it ever be feasible to travel to another solar system?

17. John (16):  How do you keep fit with the low gravity in space?

18. Patrick (16) Does your sense of taste and smell change in space?

19. Zanyna (16):  While on the ISS are you able to communicate with family?

20. Kian (16):  When did you decide you wanted to become an astronaut – from a young age or did your interest develop at a later age?

Athlone Community College
http://www.athlonecc.ie/athlone-community-college-link-international-space-station/
https://www.facebook.com/1545707655495475/photos/a.1545729618826612/3626284060771147
https://twitter.com/ccathlone

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see https://www.ariss.org/