Archive - Dec 19, 2006 - Story
The RAFT and ANDE satellites are due to be launched from Shuttle Discovery after it undocks from the ISS. Like PCSAT and PCSAT-2, they will be transmitting telemetry and digipeating APRS packets on 145.825. We are in need of stations around the world to receive this telemetry and gate it to the APRS-IS.
You do not need a complex station to help out! A 2-meter receiver and omni-directional antenna will work just fine. If we have many stations with omni antennas that participate, it will be just as effective as a smaller number of stations that have full tracking antennas. When you are away from your home 2M station, put it to good use by setting it to 145.825 and gate the packets heard to the APRS-IS using software such as UI-View32 http://www.ui-view.org. You can also use ALogger which was designed for this purpose. You can download ALogger here: http://www.billdiaz.dynip.com/Alogger204.zip
The first Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact in Swedish delighted both students and onlookers this past weekend. European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang, SA0AFS/KE5CGR, chatted in his native tongue Sunday, December 17, with youngsters at Thunman School in Knivsta, Sweden. ARISS-Europe Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, said everyone enjoyed hearing the Swedish language from space.
Complete story at arrl.org
We ask that ALL radio amateurs (except for command stations) refrain from any transmissions until after the spacecraft have been opened for general use. There are many stations involved in the checkout, so wait until you see specific authorization for general use before using the digipeater. If all goes well in a few days, we hope to open the satellites up for general use in accordance with the User Service Agreement. See: http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/ande/ANDEcontract.txt
The success of these digipeaters is protocol driven and depends on user adherence to published operating parameters. Please check the User Service Agreement before operating and periodically throughout the short life of these satellites.