Any word on when the ISS packet will be on VHF again?


Just wondered if any one heard when the ISS packet will be back on VHF 145.825 mhz again? Guess they have the radio, just a matter of when they are going to do it?


wb3fkp – Sun, 2017 – 03 – 12 19:29

NASA didn't answer

I've sent an e-mail to the NASA to know when they will switch again to VHF now that the new transceiver is onboard since last SpaceX mission. They answered me a lot of things that sound like an automatic message but nothing about the only thing that interest me : When Packet Radio will be on VHF again ? As a French radioamateur, I've planned to sent a welcome message to the French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet but he will come back to earth before they change the radio. My educational project is dead. I didn't have money to buy an azimuth and elevation rotor to follow ISS for a voice contact and even if I had the hardware, it is not simple to schedule a meeting for voice contact because we have to plan it 2 years before and match the opening time of the school and ISS path over it. A simple Packet message is more convenient for many reasons. I've been working for 2 years to be operational for my project when Thomas would be on the ISS and now that he is inside, the radio is broken... I really do not have any chance and it's annoying me a bit !

Submitted by F4BPP on Sat, 2017-03-18 06:21.

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