ISS SSTV October 4-8 on 145.800 MHz FM

ISS SSTV image 5 received by Dave Boult G7HCE in Exeter on April 14, 2019

ISS SSTV image 5 received by Dave Boult G7HCE in Exeter on April 14, 2019

An ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International Space Station (ISS) for October 4-8.

Update: Transmissions commenced on October 3.

The event is scheduled to begin on October 4 at 14:00 GMT for setup and operation and continue until October 8 ending at 19:15 GMT. Dates and times subject to change due to ISS operational adjustments.

Images will be downlinked at 145.800 MHz FM +/- 3 kHz for Doppler shift and the expected SSTV mode of operation is PD 120. The main theme of this collection of images will be Satellites.

Radio enthusiasts participating in the event can post and view images on the ARISS SSTV Gallery at https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/

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

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

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

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

Online AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium – Open To All

Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder Project

Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder Project

The Online AMSAT-UK Convention takes place on Sunday, October 11, from 11am BST (10:00 GMT) to approximately 5pm, with a break for lunch, and several short breaks during the day. You don’t have to be a member of AMSAT-UK to participate, and the event is free of charge but please register ASAP.

Watch the recording of the Colloquium on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/videos

Astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB answers questions from a student

Astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB answers questions from a student

Those who are registered will be entered for a number of free raffles which will take place during the event.

Among the many talks and demonstrations during the day are:

1100 BST (1000 GMT) Official opening by Martin Sweeting G3YJO
1105-1125 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Update by Ciaran Morgan M0XTD
1135-1200 Decoding Mars spacecraft – Bits and pieces you can learn from spacecraft telemetry by Daniel Estévez EA4GPZ
1210-1230 Tevel FM transponder satellite constellation by David Greenberg 4X1DG
1240-1300 LUNART – A Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder Project by Peter Gülzow DB2OS

Goonhilly GHY-6

Goonhilly GHY-6

1400-1420 FUNcube next, to boldly go… creating an open platform in space by Phil Ashby M6IPX
1430-1450 QO-100 Demonstration by Mike Willis G0MJW
1500-1520 Getting Goonhilly’s 32m antenna ready to support ESA missions by Matt Cosby Director of Space Engineering at Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd
1530-1550 AMSAT North America Engineering Update by Jerry Buxton N0JY
1600-1620 LEO Sat demonstration by Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA

Please register online at http://tinyurl.com/amsatukreg2020

Schedule of the day’s events
https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/amsat-colloquium-020-program-ver-1a.pdf

AMSAT-UK Colloquium Page https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

ISS 437.800 MHz cross band FM repeater activated

International Space Station - Image Credit NASA

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

At 01:02 GMT on September 2 a cross band FM amateur radio repeater with a downlink on 437.800 MHz was activated on the International Space Statio.

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) announcement reads:

The ARISS team is pleased to announce that set up and installation of the first element of our next generation radio system was completed and amateur radio operations with it are now underway. This first element, dubbed the InterOperable Radio System (IORS), was installed in the International Space Station Columbus module. The IORS replaces the Ericsson radio system and packet module that were originally certified for spaceflight on July 26, 2000.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) logoInitial operation of the new radio system is in FM cross band repeater mode using an uplink frequency of 145.990 MHz with an access tone [CTCSS] of 67 Hz and a downlink frequency of 437.800 MHz. System activation was first observed at 01:02 UTC on September 2. Special operations will continue to be announced.

The IORS was launched from Kennedy Space Center on March 6, 2020 on board the SpaceX CRS-20 resupply mission. It consists of a special, space-modified JVC Kenwood D710GA transceiver, an ARISS developed multi-voltage power supply and interconnecting cables. The design, development, fabrication, testing, and launch of the first IORS was an incredible five-year engineering achievement accomplished by the ARISS hardware volunteer team. It will enable new, exciting capabilities for ham radio operators, students, and the general public. Capabilities include a higher power radio, voice repeater, digital packet radio (APRS) capabilities and a Kenwood VC-H1 slow scan television (SSTV) system.

A second IORS undergoes flight certification and will be launched later for installation in the Russian Service module. This second system enables dual, simultaneous operations, (e.g. voice repeater and APRS packet), providing diverse opportunities for radio amateurs. It also provides on-orbit redundancy to ensure continuous operations in the event of an IORS component failure.

Next-gen development efforts continue. For the IORS, parts are being procured and a total of ten systems are being fabricated to support flight, additional flight spares, ground testing and astronaut training. Follow-on next generation radio system elements include an L-band repeater uplink capability, currently in development, and a flight Raspberry-Pi, dubbed “ARISS-Pi,” that is just beginning the design phase. The ARISS-Pi promises operations autonomy and enhanced SSTV operations.

ARISS is run almost entirely by volunteers, and with the help of generous contributions from ARISS sponsors and individuals. Donations to the ARISS program for next generation hardware developments, operations, education, and administration are welcome — please go to https://www.ariss.org/donate.html to contribute to these efforts.

ARISS–Celebrating 20 years of continuous amateur radio operations on the ISS!

Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI in Queen’s Birthday honours list

Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI

Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI

Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List released June 8, 2020.

The citation reads:

“For significant service to amateur radio, particularly to satellite and space communication.”

For full details see https://honours.pmc.gov.au/honours/awards/2006845

Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, June 8, 2020
https://www.gg.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-06/QB2020%20Gazette%20-%20O%20of%20A.PDF

Radio ZS ham radio magazine free download

Radio ZS April 2020 Front CoverThe South African Amateur Radio League (SARL) is the latest national society to make their magazine freely available to all in the convenient PDF format.

The magazine features a QO-100 Dual Patch antenna article by David ZR6DLG and the ARISS Interoperable Radio System.

The SARL say:

The Council has decided that the April 2020 issue of Radio ZS is available for members and not yet members of the SARL. Click on the link on the front page of the League website to download a copy. Read on page 10 and 17 about My Project and how to win a membership to the SARL. On page 11 you can read about SARAH or Southern African Radio Active Ham.

You can download the PDF of the April edition of Radio ZS, published by the South African Radio League from
http://www.sarl.org.za/Web3/DocumentStore/20200331122728oXhxY0QQYg.PDF

The SARL website headlines the key presentation on The Future and Growth of Amateur Radio given by RSGB Director Kamal Singh M0IOV, see
http://www.sarl.org.za/

EMF 2020 to contact the ISS via ham radio

EMF 2018 AMSAT-UK VillageThe ARISS-UK Team have announced that the Electromagnetic Field 2020 event is to host an ARISS contact during the weekend of July 23-26.

The event will be held at Easton Manor Deer Park, near Ledbury in Herefordshire.

Amateur Radio Mast at EMF 2018The callsign for the contact will be GB4EMF and the ISS will use NA1SS. More details will be available closer to the date.

Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Thousands of curious people will descend on the friendly open space to learn, share, and talk about what they love.

Talks and workshops start at midday on Friday and last until the Sunday evening.

The first public sale of tickets for EMF 2020 will be Wednesday, February 19, at 19:00 GMT. For the full list of ticket sales dates, see https://blog.emfcamp.org/2020/02/14/ticket-sales-dates/

Further info on Electromagnetic Field 2020 at
https://www.emfcamp.org/
https://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_Field_2020
https://twitter.com/emfcamp