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Richard Garriott Confirmes QSO with YV5MM at Dayton Hamvention

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YV5MM – Tue, 2009 – 05 – 26 06:05

Dayton Amateur Radio Association Announces 2009 Award Winners

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The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), host of the Dayton Hamvention®, has announced the winners of their three 2009 annual receive awards -- 2009 Amateur of the Year, the Technical Excellence Award and the Special Achievement Award -- at the annual event in May. Each year, DARA invites the amateur community to submit nominations of hams who have made significant contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.

Hamvention Chairman Carl Rose, K8CPR, praised the winners: "On behalf of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association and Hamvention 2009, it is my pleasure to congratulate this year's Award Winners. Their outstanding contributions and the many years of service exemplify what the Amateur Radio Service is."

N5VHO – Fri, 2009 – 04 – 03 12:14

Deliberate interference to International Space Station

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Hello all. I found this on the RSGB website at and just thought I would post It here.....

The RSGB are dismayed to learn that a small group of AM enthusiasts based in the West Lothian district of Scotland continue to cause what appears to be deliberate interference to the ISS downlink frequency of 145.800MHz during ISS passes. The RSGB is concerned that despite several years of negotiation with this group and a change of band allocation to move them away from the internationally agreed ISS frequency, they continue to disrupt ISS operation by their selfish disregard of their fellow radio amateurs and the Band Plan. The RSGB intends to bring the matter up formally with Ofcom at a meeting of the RSGB/Ofcom Forum in early April.

Callum 2M0YCG – Mon, 2009 – 03 – 30 16:47

K5D and Mike, NA1SS success

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Come together from the beginning the participation of the DXpedition K5D the method of Ham Satellite. And following in the Spotts webpage, I noticed that the Mike Fincke, NA1SS had some calls and had not in K5D succeed.

So I decided to send an email (24/02/2009) to Mike, NA5U (KP1-P5 Project Leader), informing him that the astronaut was calling Desecheo Island.

Mike, NA5U kindly sent me an email reporting that the settings of the setup probably would not be correct, but he comes in contact with the team in K5D Desecheo Island.

The next day, 14:15 UTC (02/25/2009) the first pass of the ISS in the Brazilian coast, fortunately I got contact with Mike, NA1SS and told him that the team would be in K5D Desecheo Island QAP ISS repeater in the next pass.

PS8RF – Thu, 2009 – 02 – 26 11:07

D-STAR on ISS? Hopefully not until fully open

ISS Amateur RadioToday I was checking out the New York City's metropolitan area repeater frequencies when I noticed that a few D-STAR repeaters are already active. Since I never really spent a single minute to find out what this new mode was all about I decided it was time to learn something new and eventually buy a new D-STAR radio. According to Wikipedia, D-STAR is "a digital voice and data protocol specification developed as the result of research by the Japan Amateur Radio League to investigate digital technologies for amateur radio. While there are other digital on-air technologies being used by amateurs that have come from other services, D-Star is one of the first on-air standards to be widely deployed and sold by a major radio manufacturer that is designed specifically for amateur service use" It looked interesting already but when I found that Miles Mann WF1F is proposing the adoption of the D-STAR based ICOM ID800 onboard the ISS I was almost convinced that it was time for me to buy one of these. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm cooled down when I read about some of the criticism that is raising around it.
alain – Sun, 2009 – 01 – 11 21:52

Christmas day suprise

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Hi Everyone . im in the uniteded kingdom & i have just managed to recieve a braodcast on my childrens hand held wakie talkies from mike fincke on the iss CALL SIGN na1ss i was so shocked... I didn't even know that they where poeple aboard the ISS. I can only assume it was a repeater message as the range on the hand held walkie talkie is only 5miles .. but it did sound like he was talking to me he seemed to ask me for my call sign .The chat Kinda lasted 5mins then they faded away . Can any body explain this for me ? many thanks & happy christmas to all

mark31969 – Sun, 2009 – 01 – 04 07:00

Digital Simulation of Space Station

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The Astronaut Richard Garriott on the ISS used this software to help you take pictures of the earth. Richard sent some pictures of the screen via SSTV this software directly from Notebook. The "Windows on Earth" is an excellent digital simulation that allows the exploitation of the land of a window of the International Space Station.

For those who do not know and want to give the simulation between the link below:

To view SSTV images of software sent by Richard Garriott when he was on the ISS see the links below:

PS8RF – Tue, 2008 – 12 – 23 22:53

Please save Packet Radio on ISS - open letter to ARISS

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Back in the days MIR cosmonauts used to read PMS messages and eventually reply using a simple 1200bd tnc with the PMS built in. Packet radio was a very useful asset up there that Cosmonauts used also for their private needs. Sometimes it was even used off band for non-amateur operations.
Nowdays, after more than a decade, times have changed but the ISS is still using the very same setup that is overwhelmed by the increasing number of ground stations. The result is that gradually the astronauts have lost their interest in the system, which is essentially dying.
ARISS seems to have no ideas for any upgrade and has no plans to prevent the decline that Packet Radio on ISS is facing.

alain – Fri, 2008 – 12 – 12 15:07

SSTV from ISS next week

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Hello ISS Fans,
I have just received a message from Valentin (TSNIIMASH, Russia) about a scheduled SSTV activity from ISS during next days.
So who is interested on SSTV reception there is a good opportunity.

73 Claudio IK1SLD

Dear friends!
I thank you for support of the project of space experiment "Shadow" at the International space station. Now proceeding of this project is temporarily braked because of the insufficient electric power allocated for the scientific equipment on Russian segment of ISS. However we are going further to continue its "cold" phase (legend "Shadow-beacon") as its results should represent independent interest more even for amateur radio, than for plasmadynamics. I shall inform on terms and conditions of carrying out of new sessions of the experiment beforehand.

IK1SLD – Sat, 2008 – 11 – 29 20:10

Richard Garriot QSL already received in Belgium

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Hello to All.

I was amazed! :-)) Today I have received the QSL from the QSO between NA1SS OP:Richard W5KWQ and me ON4LEA.

Look at to see the QSL.

Vy 73 to all!

ON4LEA – Mon, 2008 – 11 – 10 11:58

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