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

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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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