ARISS SSTV Commemorative Activity

ISS SSTV image 2 received by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN April 12, 2016 at 1556 UT

ISS SSTV image 2 received by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN April 12, 2016 at 1556 UT

Special Slow Scan Television (SSTV) transmissions are expected to be made from the International Space Station on 145.800 MHz FM around the weekend of July 15.

In commemoration of their 20th anniversary, the ARISS team is planning to transmit a set of 12 SSTV images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over that time.

The ARISS SSTV Blog says:

While still to be scheduled, we anticipate the SSTV operation to occur around the weekend of July 15.  We are planning for at least a 2 day operation, but are working for a potential longer operation. Note that all of this tentative and may change based on crew scheduling and
ISS operations.

Starting with our first meeting in November 1996, our joint operations on Mir, becoming the first operational payload on ISS in November 2000 to our 1103rd school contact (so far), ARISS’ accomplishments have been tremendous. We have touched the lives of many and inspired and educated countless students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Please stay tuned as more details on our SSTV event will be communicated in the coming weeks.  Please spread the word.  And think about how you can get students in your area involved in capturing these images.  We would love to hear your stories on how that goes.

73,  Frank KA3HDO


How to receive ISS SSTV

ARISS Closer to Launching New Radio System

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

The ARISS team took a giant step closer to flying the new ARISS Interoperable Radio System to the International Space Station, having met a major milestone.

Lou McFadin, W5DID, and Kerry Banke, N6IZW, travelled to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, in mid-February for preliminary testing of Banke’s breadboard version of the ARISS Multi-voltage Power Supply. The two worked alongside JSC engineers and JSC EMC lab personnel, putting the specially built power supply through its paces, checking against US and Russian space specifications for Power Quality and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) preliminary tests.

The result:  Outstanding news-the ARISS Team can move on to the next step, fabrication of prototype and flight units.  The JSC engineers disclosed that the ARISS breadboard power supply was the first hardware to have passed all of the space agencies’ tests!  They said the very professional ARISS Team certainly knew hardware development and design.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) logoARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer thanked Banke and McFadin for the multiple days spent putting the unit through the serious battery of NASA and Russian preliminary electrical tests.  Banke expressed pleasure with the results: “I was looking to come away with what we needed to move forward. We achieved that.”  He was impressed with the support he and McFadin received from the testing group, and said key players on those teams who are also ham radio operators, commented that they find equipment brought in that is supported by ham radio operators, to earn particularly good marks.  McFadin asserted that the Multi-voltage Power Supply’s fine test results are due to ARISS’s team working very well together and being very experienced.

The completed testing of the breadboard unit means McFadin can now purchase expensive space-certified parts so the final prototype/flight power supplies can be fabricated.  He and Banke now know that when the final, even more rigorous tests are done, the units will pass with flying colors.

Watch for more news stories on the hardware and the fundraising campaign to help support the costs associated with designing, building, and testing the new ARISS radio system-the Kenwood D710GA and Multi-voltage Power Supply. Those wishing to contribute toward the final fabrication and flight tests are highly appreciated and asked to go to the AMSAT website, to click on the “ARISS Donate” button.  Or visit the donation page on the ARISS website,

Contributions are tax deductible. Those who contribute $100 or more will receive the handsome ARISS Challenge Coin.  If you or your ham club or place of employment wish to make a highly substantial contribution, contact Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, at

Source ARISS News Release 17-04

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO was on the Ham Talk Live podcast discussing ARISS and
the gear aboard the ISS. The link to the podcast is:

Inspiring the next STEM generation

Susan Buckle UK Space Agency

Susan Buckle UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency’s Astronaut Flight Education Programme Support Manager Susan Buckle will be giving a presentation at the RSGB Convention on Saturday, October 8.

Along with Ciaran Morgan M0XTD she will talk about the ten UK ARISS amateur radio school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia mission on the International Space Station.

These contacts have inspired thousands of young people and introduced them to amateur radio in a new and exciting way.

The full schedule and booking information for the convention are available at Twitter hashtag #RSGBconv2016

An RSGB video celebrates these historic school contacts and the range of linked activities the schools have enjoyed.

Beginning with the exhilaration of the launch, it follows the competition for schools to host the ARISS contacts, and showcases the variety of science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) and arts activities that helped pupils to understand more about space and amateur radio.

The contacts themselves, often led by newly-licensed pupils, were the successful culmination of many months of work and anticipation.

Watch GB1SS: schools speaking to Tim Peake

ARISS Principia

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Amateur Radio Space Communications at Raspberry Pi event

Seema Talib-Hussain talking to Tim Peake GB1SS

Seema talking to Tim Peake GB1SS

Pete Sipple M0PSX from Essex Ham will be giving a talk about the Tim Peake GB1SS amateur radio school contacts at the Southend Raspberry Jam on Saturday, August 20.

The talk about Tim Peake’s amateur radio educational outreach activity starts at 10:30. Other activities during the day include a talk on Tim Peake and the AstroPi at 11:30 and a Build a Radio Workshop at 12:00.

Southend Tech and Enterprise4Good are holding Southend Raspberry Jam #10 at the Hive Enterprise Centre in Southend, SS2 6EX. The event runs from 10am until 5pm and is free but advance booking is required, see

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AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium Videos Now Available

Colloquium Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working - Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

Colloquium Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

Thanks to the hard work of British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and AMSAT-UK volunteers the videos of the presentations given to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium held in Guildford on July 30-31, 2016 are now available on YouTube.

Sky News interview with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Kenwood TS-2000X in background

Sky News interview with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Kenwood TS-2000X in background

During the Colloquium AMSAT-UK operated a satellite ground station using the call sign G0AUK. Contacts were made via the SO-50, AO-85 and FO-29 satellites.

The ground station used the Kenwood TS-2000X transceiver that was successfully used for all the UK school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia mission on the International Space Station.

The TS-2000X was kindly loaned by Martin Lynch & Sons Ltd and Kenwood Communications UK.

The 2016 Colloquium presentations along with those from previous years can be found on the AMSAT-UK YouTube channel at

The  videos of the presentations can either be watched online or downloaded to your PC using readily available free YouTube download software for showing at club meetings.

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Radio amateurs invited to 10 Downing Street

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Tim Peake GB1SS - Credit Richard Found

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Tim Peake GB1SS – Credit Richard Found

Radio amateurs were invited to a reception at the UK Prime Minister’s residence to celebrate the successful mission of UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS.

Sandringham school student Jessica Leigh M6LPJ and her head teacher Alan Gray G4DJX attended the event with Tim Peake GB1SS. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF and the UK’s first astronaut Helen Sharman GB1MIR also attended.

Jessica was the first UK school student to establish amateur radio communications with Tim Peake during his six month mission on the International Space Station. The contact took place on January 8, 2016 and was featured on national TV and in the press.

Year 10 pupil Jessica M6LPJ, along with two other students Polly M6POG and Emma M6GJQ, passed her amateur radio Foundation exam just before Christmas 2015 after training with the Verulam Amateur Radio Club.

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Alan Gray G4DJX - Credit Richard Found

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Alan Gray G4DJX – Credit Richard Found

Sandringham school caters for 1300 students aged 11-19 with 100 teachers including specialist teachers of computing science and three female physics teachers all of whom have a specialist interest in space and astronomy. In addition, the head teacher Alan Gray G4DJX is a very active radio amateur who was extremely supportive of the ISS contact.

Sandringham School presentation by ML&S

Video of Tim Peake amateur radio contact with Sandringham School

Jessica M6LPJ and Polly M6POG will give a talk about their experience of talking to Tim Peake GB1SS to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn Guildford, on Saturday, July 30

The UK Space Agency’s Libby Jackson will speak at the AMSAT-UK Gala Dinner – Book Now