December 20, 2016 1200 UTC
Interpeter Mark Leybovich
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
The roll call was done by Rosalie White.
Participants were asked to always interrupt the meeting if they cannot hear a speaker.
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed everyone. A moment of silence was held for ARISS team mate Robin Haighton, VE3FRH who recently became a Silent Key.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: The minutes of the October ARISS-International Monthly Meeting had been distributed by Rosalie White to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Rosalie White reported that no messages were received regarding the October minutes, and she moved to accept the report. Dave Taylor seconded the motion. No further comments were forthcoming so the minutes were accepted and will be posted.
2. ARISS Board Elections—Rosalie White, K1STO and Bertus Husken, PE1KEH
[Informational & Decisional]
Summary: Rosalie White noted that currently there is one Canadian delegate what with Stefan Wagener having to step down due to a job promotion involving a lot of travel. (This was announced at the Houston meeting; the loss of his work with ARISS is regretted.) Rather than burden Ian MacFarquhar further with handling the ARISS Board election process, Rosalie White asked Bertus Husken to handle the election process, and he agreed.
Bertus Husken sent ARISS Delegates a call for nominations of people to hold the offices of ARISS Chair, ARISS Vice Chair, and ARISS-Secretary-Treasurer for 2017-2019. He received a number of emails with nominations prior to the due date. He wrote to the people who were nominated to ensure they would accept being a nominee, and all responded positively. He will share further details and then a vote will be taken.
Discussion: Bertus Husken reported that all Delegates’ emails he had received contained nominations for the three current officers as follows: Frank Bauer as chair, Oliver Amend as vice chair, and Rosalie White as secretary-treasurer. Because of this, he said these three people could be elected for the two-year term, 2017-2019.
Frank Bauer asked Rosalie White to call the roll for a voice vote; the result was a unanimous vote. The three nominees were elected to be ARISS Officers for another two-year term.
Bertus Husken was thanked for his leadership with the election process.
3. Review & Call for Discussion and Acceptance of Reports, ARISS-International Face-to-face Meeting in Houston—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
[Informational & Decisional]
Summary: ARISS team members expressed multiple positive comments regarding the ARISS-International Face-to-face Meeting in November in Houston. The face-to-face meeting helped team members to better understand sustainability and funding, to learn about hardware projects being developed and being considered, and to hear about educational successes and future possibilities. Team members not able to travel to Houston tied in via GoToMeeting and shared their insights and presented, as needed. A number of new volunteers came to Houston, were heartily welcomed, and joined the ARISS Team.
There was not enough time for delegates to review ARISS Region reports or ARISS committee reports prior to the Houston meeting because some reports were received after the due date and some, on the day the meeting began. Delegates were asked at the meeting and via email on December 6, 2016 to go to the Dropbox to review these reports, and a call for discussion and acceptance of reports would be made at the December ARISS meeting
Discussion: The meeting structure with plenary sessions for everyone and parallel sessions seemed to work well. Team members who could not be in Houston pre-recorded PowerPoint presentations with embedded audio that were shared via GoToMeeting and Frank Bauer said this worked well.
He asked if team members had questions about any ARISS Region report or committee report; there were no comments. Rosalie White moved to accept the reports, and Jean-Pierre Courjaud seconded the motion, so all reports will be posted when the meeting minutes are approved.
The meeting minutes are drafted except for a few sections; one presentation file from Satoshi Yasuda was not received; he will email it. Frank Bauer said reports and presentations are on a Dropbox for all to download. He will also set up an area for people to upload Houston photos so team members will be able to download files. Participants are asked to inform Frank by email if they want to share their photos. He will then open uplink sharing for them to add their photos to the Dropbox.
4. Report, ARISS Ad-hoc HamTV Technical Team—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Summary: A scheduled report for the December ARISS monthly meeting would normally be received from the ARISS Ad-hoc HamTV Technical Team (HTT). However, Gaston Bertels had submitted a required HTT report for the November meeting in Houston, which will become an attachment to that meeting's minutes when finalized and approved. His report was sent to the ARISS team previously; please read it and have questions ready for this meeting agenda item.
Discussion: Gaston Bertels shared news from the ARISS Ad-hoc HamTV Technical Team. He related that Ciaran Morgan built receiver units for people wanting to set up HamTV ground stations; the AMSAT Belgium web page recently announced the sale of these reasonably priced units. This news about the availability of these receivers can be disseminated worldwide.
5. Report, ARISS Ad-hoc Awards Committee—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: Oliver Amend developed a mind map of items the ARISS Ad-hoc Awards Committee might focus on, and this map will be sent to committee members. Rosalie White forwarded the map and Oliver Amend’s message about it to ARISS team members on December 19, 2016. The message said the document had been long awaited, is open for discussion in early 2017, and that he would speak to the document at the December meeting,
Discussion: Oliver Amend explained that the mind map shows ideas for activities the awards committee might want to consider and take on. This will be reflected in the committee’s future Terms of Reference. The map lists participants who expressed a desire to be on the committee, for example, Larry Agabekov, Tatiana Kolmykova and others. Oliver Amend will collect more ideas and these will be reported in 2017. He asked all team members for feedback on the map. It will be the foundation for the committee’s terms of reference.
Frank Bauer suggested that the first item to address would be a discussion with ARISS team member Armand Budzianowski, SP3QFE, regarding the SSTV diplomas.
Sergey Samburov is exploring ideas for the next SSTV transmissions and may have some details by New Year’s Eve. When he does, he will want people to submit image files and write captions in English. He will target transmissions for some time in January 2017.
With the year 2016 closing soon, Frank Bauer, on behalf of the ARISS Board, thanked all team members for their continuing support, their creativity and their outstanding work for ARISS during the past 20 years. He hopes each team member can attend one ARISS school contact in 2017 and see the light that shines in the eyes of students who are involved with talking to an astronaut in orbit. He wished all team members a Happy Holiday season.
The next ARISS-I meeting will be January 17, 2017.
Rosalie White, K1STO
December 22, 2016