ISS Amateur Radio
The ARRL reports that NASA will televise the launch and docking of
its next mission to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning at 1930 UT on Thursday, March 28
At approximately 9:45 AM EST (1445 UTC) on Tuesday, February 19, the International Space Station (ISS) experienced a loss of communication with the ground. At that time, flight controllers in Houston were updating the software onboard the ISS’s flight computers when one of the ISS’s data relay systems malfunctioned. The primary computer that controls critical station functions defaulted to a backup computer, but it did not allow the ISS to communicate with NASA’s tracking and data relay satellites.
After experiencing issues with the Kenwood D700 on two consecutive
school contacts, ARISS will use the Ericsson radio on the Columbus
module for ARISS contacts until problems with the D700 are resolved.
The receiver is located in KN37cp, at the Astronomical Observatory - Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania: http://websdr.opt.ro
ISS Amateur Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO reports the ARISS digipeater has changed frequency from 145.825 MHz (up/down) to 437.550 MHz (up/down). The same digi alias ARISS is still used.
W5LFL and W5KWQ - Man On A Mission - the movie
We travel back in time to 1983. That's when then NASA astronaut and ham operator Owen Garriott, W5LFL, made the first manned amateur radio transmission from space. His pioneering effort from flight STS-9 paved the way for today's International Space Station ARISS program.
Several decades later, Owen's son Richard, W5KWQ, would fly to the ISS and use the same method to talk to his dad and many others here on planet Earth.
Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at the
ESA - ESTEC Event, Noordwijk, Netherlands on Monday February 27, 2011 at 1245 UTC.
Astronaut André Kuipers PI9ISS was calling CQ from the International Space Station on 145.800 MHz FM on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Feb. 25-26.
This weekend's Plasma Thrust space experiment using Amateur Radio has been postponed until after the delivery of a new rig next April.
This year’s Jamboree On The Air takes place on 15 and 16 October.
NA1SS, which is the International Space Station ham radio callsign, is going to be on the air throughout the JOTA weekend. Astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG, who is also a Scoutmaster, is going to be on the air during breaks from his work schedule. He should be available on most of the passes around the world. The uplink is 145.200MHz and the downlink is 145.800MHz, both plus and minus Doppler shift as the ISS passes overhead. Within this year's JOTA,(jamboree on the air).