Amateur Radio on ISS switches to Ericsson after Kenwood problems

ARISS Amateur Radio on the International Space StationAfter experiencing issues with the Kenwood D700 on two consecutive school contacts, ARISS will use the Ericsson radio on the Columbus module for ARISS contacts until problems with D700 are resolved.

According to Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT’s Vice President for Human Spaceflight Programs, “…for some reason, our signals from the Service Module Kenwood D700 radio are much diminished.  Our contact with Israel last Sunday [February 3]  had low audio levels, with good signals only near TCA.  Our contact [February 8] with the Hospital for Sick Children was even worse.  Only one student was able to talk to Chris Hadfield [VA3OOG] before we lost the signal.”

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Sponsor Plaques Fitted at National Radio Centre

Dave Johnson G4DPZ with NRC Sponsor Plaques 2560

Dave Johnson G4DPZ with NRC Sponsor Plaques

Sponsor plaques have now been fitted in the reception to the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park.

Dave Johnson G4DPZ is one of a number of individuals and organisations who either gave freely of their time or supplied equipment to make the National Radio Centre the premier exhibition that it is.

AMSAT-UK donated the WiMo X quads for 144 and 430 MHz along with pre amps and polarisation switches for the amateur radio satellite station. They are connected to a Kenwood TS-2000 loaned by Kenwood Electronics.

A full list of NRC sponsors can be seen at

AMSAT-UK on Amateur Radio Satellites for World Amateur Radio Day