Archive - Dec 2006
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has announced that Amateur Radio automatic-mode operations (packet, APRS, slow-scan TV and crossband repeater) are temporarily off the air or will be available only for brief periods until further notice. That's because the ISS Phase II ham station -- a modified Kenwood TM-D700E -- requires reprogramming for modes other than FM voice. The ISS crew will continue to use the Phase II station for ARISS school contacts. "A computer designated for Amateur Radio operations that will allow reprogramming the radio is planned to arrive on the next Progress vehicle in 2007," said ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO.
An International Space Station Expedition 14 ARISS school contact with a visiting shuttle crewmember has been planned with students at Thunmanskolan, Knivsta, Sweden on Sunday 17 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:19 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK4KHZ . The contact should be audible to anyone in eastern portions of Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Additional listening options are listed below. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in Swedish.
IRLP - Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010.
Two spacewalking electricians completed half of STS-116's rewiring today, and when flight controllers threw the switch, the lights inside the International Space Station turned on again without a hitch.
Mission Specialists Bob Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang began their second spacewalk at 1:41 p.m. CST. Less than two hours later, they had the first half of the station's permanent power system - channels two and three - up and running, taking advantage of power generated by the solar arrays delivered in September.
The earliest possible launch date for the GeneSat-1 satellite, which carries an Amateur Radio payload, is Saturday, December 16, from Wallops Island, Virginia. Problems with testing of TacSat-2, the primary satellite aboard the Minotaur launch vehicle, forced NASA to postpone the launch, originally scheduled for December 11. A collaboration of NASA Ames Research Center, industry and local universities, the GeneSat-1 CubeSat will transmit AX.25 1200 bps FM/AFSK telemetry on 437.075 MHz. The space shuttle Discovery carried four other ham radio payloads to the International Space Station for deployment later this month.