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  • Packet Radio live status   8 hours 51 min ago

    Amateur radios are turned off on spacewalks for safety reasons.
    Radios off for Critical Contingency EVA on May 23, 2017. The objective is to replace the failed EXT-1 MDM. Starts at 12:10 GMT.

    rf2Space is a good source of ISS-ARISS activity: https://twitter.com/rf2space
    AMSAT Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page: http://www.amsat.org/status/
    ARISS Current Status of ISS Stations: http://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

  • No more APRS data from ISS   14 hours 8 min ago

    I should have checked the ISS website. There's a spacewalk today May 23. So that answers the question.

    Steve NU7B

  • No more APRS data from ISS   14 hours 51 min ago

    Last report from the digipeater was 13 hours ago May 22, and it was silent over NA for the 03:45 pass (May 23).

    NU7B, Steve

  • No more APRS data from ISS   3 days 18 hours ago

    Yes, VHF is back!

    Thanks to those who reached out to the crew

  • No more APRS data from ISS   3 days 19 hours ago

    All appeared well after reboot on 12-deg pass over Exeter 22:34z. Beacons heard from other stations including my own and station logged onto RS0ISS-1 bbs also.

  • No more APRS data from ISS   3 days 19 hours ago

    First, thanks for the answers and second, as I wrote on the reports section, Packet is now operational again. I tried to connect to the BBS for my educational project and I succeeded but I could not read my messages because of low signal despite a high elevation. I was not using my perfect QFH antenna (see it on my website at http://f4bpp.raidghost.com) since I didn't expect ISS to be operational again. So I used my tiny 1,50 m mobile omni-directional antenna cause I had no time to switch aerials. Next try should be better.

  • No more APRS data from ISS   3 days 22 hours ago

    Still no beacon according to https://aprs.fi/?c=raw&call=RS0ISS&limit=50

    Will confirm in a couple of hours, after next pass over europe.

  • No more APRS data from ISS   4 days 42 min ago

    Just starting to look into this problem. Crew has done a power cycle of the system late today (May 19 GMT). Waiting to see if that fixes it or if more investigation is needed.

    Kenneth - N5VHO

  • No more APRS data from ISS   4 days 9 hours ago

    Since May 17th, ISS is in silent mode again.

  • ISS Radio Report   1 week 49 min ago

    I had a good pass here in southwest florida, same as Patrick. Lousy. One packet re transmitted. Something must be going on! 73 N1RCN.

  • No more APRS data from ISS   1 week 3 days ago

    Thank you Patrick for quick reply,
    73, lionel

  • No more APRS data from ISS   1 week 3 days ago

    Lionel,

    The ISS radios were turned off Friday (12 May) for a spacewalk, which is normal. The digipeater was turned on early this (Saturday, 13 May) morning, and www.ariss.net shows activity since just before 1100 UTC when the ISS was passing over North America.

    73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
    http://www.wd9ewk.net/
    Twitter: @WD9EWK

  • APRS to ISS via APRSdroid   1 week 6 days ago

    So sorry that no one has responded to your question. Hopefully you've figured out your issues and have made successful contacts/QSOs.

  • 5 May contact to schools in France !   2 weeks 1 hour ago

    What you experienced is the problem we have encountered with the radio in the Columbus module. That radio has one output setting of 5 watts. It also has a very long coaxial cable run outside the ISS. We never seem to get as good a signal out from that radio (hence the work to get a replacement). Most folks find that they need significantly more antenna gain to hear COL than the SM radio which has a max output of 45 watts.

  • 5 May contact to schools in France !   2 weeks 22 hours ago

    Hello everyone,

    Does anyone heard Thomas Pesquet talking on the 5th may at 9H58 UTC?

    I was making a demonstration of ISS reception with a group of 130 students in a school near Valenciennes, at 40km from Lillers, but even with a directive antenna we nearly heard nothing.
    We noticed for a few second a little voice in the far background of QRM and signal were extremely low.

    Can anyone give me some more information about what happened? I would love to be able to give some explanation to the students.

    On the movies of the contact in Lillers, it is the same, the signal were very low and hard to understand.

    It is a bit amazing while two weeks ago, at nearly same elevation scale, ISS signal was very strong and the audio very clear; as usual with ISS.

    Thank you!

    73 de F4FVI - Geoffrey

  • How to request call and talking with ISS Cosmosnaut/Astronaut   2 weeks 4 days ago

    You will need to apply for a slot using one of the recommended process listed at http://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html

  • NA1SS DXCC Campaign   3 weeks 5 hours ago

    If you are in the USA, they have submission windows twice a year. Europe has a similar process. Other regions have a more open application process. You can get more info at http://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html

  • NA1SS DXCC Campaign   3 weeks 1 day ago

    How can you make a request for an educational contact

  • ISS Radio Report   3 weeks 5 days ago

    This is my reception of Thomas Pesquet FX0ISS talking to students via F8KGY from Lycée Hélène Boucher, Thionville, France. Thu 2017-04-27 08:53 UTC

    https://dl.dropbox.com/s/vccj64l45a6sgjv/27042017_085309.wav?dl=0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0JQfNK2Y70

  • Unattended beaconing via ISS a scourge on ham radio   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Hi David!

    I tried posting a reply to your post on Friday, but it disappeared from the site. I'll try again now...

    You said, "Because Packet Radio on ISS switched to UHF for too long". Too long? Since using the TM-D710G transceiver in the Russian service module wasn't apparently an option to keep ISS packet on 145.825 MHz, the options seemed simple enough: (1) Put the UHF radio into service for packet, for however long it takes to get a replacement radio up to the ISS, or (2) go without packet from the ISS. I am glad ARISS was able to have packet operational for a few months on UHF. It was a different challenge, and almost none of the unattended stations that clog up 145.825 MHz made it to 437.550 MHz. Having the UHF frequency available allowed me to experiment with different antennas, and transmitter power, on that band with a signal that was much stronger than almost any other amateur satellite currently in orbit.

    Although some operators in North America, and apparently many more across Europe, didn't try working ISS packet on 437.550 MHz - it was workable. It took changes to the stations - at least a group of memories to deal with Doppler for those using HTs and FM mobile radios, and maybe a different antenna. If operators decided to not try UHF packet - who's fault is that? There were a few who figured out how to use the UHF frequency. Obviously not nearly the number of those who showed up on 145.825 MHz in the past week, but there were operators around.

    Unless the replacement VHF radio suffers a failure like the original VHF radio, I don't expect that ISS packet will switch back to 437.550 MHz. That's a shame, in a way, given that so many think that iSS packet is only for squawking a beacon - or (too) many beacons - during ISS passes. Some stations do that much more often than most of the others, which is evident from looking on ariss.net since packet moved back to 145.825 MHz just over a week ago.

    I understand how most operators have been happy to see ISS packet switch back to 145.825 MHz. On this forum and in other places, I have seen some who express opinions similar to me about how 145.825 MHz gets clogged with these beacons. I hope you're successful with your project, David. Keep in mind that trying to use the packet BBS on the ISS is generally considered poor form, a poor use of the ISS packet system. Especially considering how busy passes over Europe have been in the past few days.

    73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
    http://www.wd9ewk.net/
    Twitter: @WD9EWK

  • Unattended beaconing via ISS a scourge on ham radio   4 weeks 4 days ago

    Because Packet Radio on ISS switched to UHF for too long, many users overload the waves like hungry people starved of food for a long time throwing themselves on supermarket. I think this situation will not continue in the future because they will end up being satiated.

    I'm using Packet radio for educational reasons because contacting the crew with voice is reserved to an elite and is to expensive : We have to Schedule the contact some years before, antennas needs to be moved by site and azimuth rotator(still unaffordable) , many cables and so on...

    I usually send my APRS position until it is repeated by ISS. At this moment I know that the Station hear me and I connect to the BBS with my students to leave a symbolic message to the crew that I know they will probably not read. But we succeed the challenge and hope they will read the 2 lines message from students which realize their dreams and prove themselves that we we want, we can. Most of my students comes from hard social context and this challenge help them to continue their efforts to build a best future and believe in school to get a social rise.

    Actually I'm trying to improve transmission with QFH antenna and I send many APRS data for the tests but not every second. But I'm happy that Packet switch back to VHF because despite Doppler correction and many antennas (omni-directional, Egg-Beater, QFH, I only succeed in one or two APRS and it was very very hard to be repeated. So I know that most of you are bored with this amount of beacons but I prefer this situation than reading on the forum : "Active OK but not many users heard".

    The best deal would be to have both VHF and UHF so everybody would be happy. Anyway, Before Thomas Pesquet, the French astronaut comes back to Earth, please don't ask to switch again on UHF and give my educational project a little chance to succeed like i did last June. I've been working since 2 years with UZ7HO for Doppler correction with my old and best transceiver Yaesu FT-847 on Linux system so my project works.

    Have a look at my videos available on YouTube and on my website at http://f4bpp.raidghost.com and read the Press paper about my project. Last June the French Astronaut wasn't on ISS and now that he is, this would be the consecration of my work. To reach my goal, I need that the Packet frequency stay on VHF. So don't ask to come back to the last frequency if you want to support my project. The only thing we should ask from everyone is the respect of the good sense. Don't mislead the target.

    Thanks for reading.

    David (F4BPP).

  • Unattended beaconing via ISS a scourge on ham radio   4 weeks 4 days ago

    Hi Patrick,

    Well the links speak for themselves and you do have a point about the UHF time frame and how the Doppler effect comes into play. As for NO-84 - I am getting ready to try it so you may hear me on there if I am lucky (ha ha ha).

    73
    Jerry W8LR

  • Unattended beaconing via ISS a scourge on ham radio   4 weeks 5 days ago

    On the other end, Clayton... if HAM radio contacts (via ISS) would be easy and no problem at all, then thís would become disheartening and boring in the end. So I have concluded for myself: HAM radio amateurs (must) love QRM/QRN! HI

    ;) Marc, PD4U

  • ISS Radio Report   4 weeks 5 days ago

    Good copy of ISS Exp 51 docking with ISS at 13.23 UTC on Thurs 20th. This is my received audio on 143.625mhz for comms heard over Exeter IO80gr using THD74 HT + Arrow-2 antenna. https://dl.dropbox.com/s/tkw4ezva7imhxpg/20042017_132304.wav?dl=0

  • Unattended beaconing via ISS a scourge on ham radio   4 weeks 5 days ago

    Hi Jerry!

    I disagree with your comment about how the situation with the beacons would be the same on UHF as on VHF. Over five months of the ISS digipeater on UHF more than proved this would not be the case. The main issue for the beacons is that someone - or something - would have to adjust the UHF frequency to deal with Doppler. In some cases, the antenna used for VHF would not work, or not work as well, for UHF. It's really easy to set up a station on a single channel, without needing a computer or other mechanism to adjust the transmit and receive frequencies - even if those frequencies are stored in memory channels.

    If you looked at ariss.net over the time UHF was active, there wasn't as much activity over the continental USA, and it was like most of continental Europe went on a five-month holiday from ISS packet. Compare that with the dramatic increase in activity last Friday and Saturday (14-15 April), after the VHF radio was turned on. Hopefully some of those stations didn't keep beaconing, while the ISS was operating on UHF.

    Yesterday (Tuesday, 18 April), there was a station in the eastern USA that was copied through the ISS digipeater at a rate that was - at times - a packet every 2 to 3 seconds. This was excessive, and especially so if there was an operator at that station. W5PFG wrote two messages on the AMSAT-BB list about this station yesterday, including packet captures from two passes over the continental USA:

    http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2017-April/063010.html

    http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2017-April/063011.html

    According to posts in other forums, this station has been contacted in the past about excessive beaconing, and the responses were generally dismissive. Before the school QSO today, I didn't see that call sign on any North American passes this morning or early afternoon.

    On one ISS pass last night, I copied K1WY in grid FN31, Connecticut. This station was 3564km away from me, and this would have been a nice one to break current distance records for QSOs made through the ISS digipeater. With the congestion on the 145.825 MHz frequency over the past few days, being able to make a QSO like that is only a dream...

    Hope to work you again sometime. I see NO-84's digipeater is back on, and maybe we can make it work on an ISS pass using 145.825 MHz.

    73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
    http://www.wd9ewk.net/
    Twitter: @WD9EWK

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