Francesco De Paolis
Maurice André Vigneault
ARISS I Agenda:
Roll Call was done.
Kenneth continues to send with the agenda the reminder that there is a new dial-in number and pass code for this monthly teleconference meeting.
A Happy New Year was wished to all. Exciting things await ARISS for 2013, and we always have some challenges. As an example, HamTV is on the threshold of being launched later this year. Frank commended the team for working around challenges and operations changes of this past year. Gaston was thanked, again, for his outstanding work as ARISS chair in recent years.
1. Status on draft response to ITU member states – Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Recently, Gaston circulated an email reiterating to all delegates that we had introduced via the Italian Administration the first step on notification to the ITU of frequencies used by ARISS, and then some ITU member countries filed remarks with the Italian Administration with requests for clarification.
Now, a draft has been completed by Emanuele for the second step on frequency notification required by ITU -- a declaration of intent for using the frequencies we need as of June 2013. (Ham TV will begin during the second half of 2013.). Gaston has circulated that declaration document to all ARISS delegates. The document lists S-band downlink, VHF/UHF downlink, but not the L-band frequencies that were questioned by the ITU member countries – not listing those L-band frequencies is the only thing different from the advance notification that was done.
Also, Emanuel drafted three letters that eventually may be used by the Italian Administration in response to the ITU member countries who sent remarks and requests. These draft letters were circulated to ARISS delegates in Canada, Japan, and the US for delegate review and comments.
Several ITU member countries questioned ARISS’s use of L-band for downlinks, and the draft response explains that ARISS cannot and will not use an L-Band downlink from the ISS – that the only potential concern could be from ground station uplinks to the ISS. The draft letter explains that it is up to individual country’s administrations to allow the use of L-band uplinks, and if a problem occurs, it would be a local problem that ARISS can solve. ARISS is a secondary user, and if we learn that there is interference of any kind, we would cease transmitting. The second draft response is to Japan about L-band (with the same response) plus our use of an S-band segment that is not an Amateur Radio segment. The draft response explains that the use of this segment is also on a non-interference basis, and that ARISS would use those frequencies only if we cannot use the S-band frequencies because of interference to another service.
Gaston was asked to re-send his email to all delegates. It is requested that delegates send comments regarding the frequency notification to Gaston by 31 January 2013. Delegates were asked to send comments regarding the draft letters by 15 February 2013. When delegates send these emails, they are to include all others delegates on the email. Delegates should contact their pertinent IARU and AMSAT societies, as well. Frank and Rosalie apologized that they did not realize the differences between the notifications and the urgency to review and respond to the emails. Delegates from Japan, Europe, Russia, and the US said they would do the reviews and send their responses as soon as possible.
Next, the ARISS Board will decide when and how the draft letters would be forwarded to the Italian Administration. Gaston encouraged all delegates to communicate with their government administrations. Emanuele requested that ARISS move forward on the L-band frequencies even if there is no immediate plan to utilize this band.
The European team and Emanuele were thanked for drafting the notification and the reply letters, and sending them to the delegates.
2. International event reporting – Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
As the delegates have learned, the support of Carol Jackson has been lost due to NASA budget cuts. Many of the US ARISS Team members have begun to take on her duties although some duties have not yet been assigned. Regarding distribution of the weekly reports, NASA-Teaching from Space (TFS) at Johnson Space Center (Trinesha Dixon) is now gathering reports about ARISS-I school contacts – both US and international -- on a weekly basis. She is inputting those reports into NASA’s education reporting system. Soon she will distribute the reports to the ARISS-International team (method still to be determined).as well. If anyone receives information about educational outcomes from ARISS contacts for these reports, please send the information to Frank Bauer and Mark Steiner for inclusion and distribution.
3. ARISS Face–to-Face meeting – Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank told delegates that we will delay the discussion regarding the next face-to-face ARISS-I meeting. Instead, he will distribute an email with his thoughts for discussion at the next monthly telecon meeting.
4. Approval of designated countries for ARISS contacts – Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
By US law, certain countries (“designated countries”) require special approval from the U.S. Department of State and NASA Headquarters before a school or organization in these countries can be considered for a potential contact. Trinesha Dixon takes care of the processes for getting these approvals. She wanted to report to the ARISS-International community that these processes have been working quite well and wanted to thank the ARISS International team for their efforts on this.
5. New Business
1. Columbus module status - Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO
The new Ericsson radio has been installed in the Columbus module, but it has not been powered up. Powering up and testing will commence once the crew has been given a schedule for when to do these activities.
2. New Business
Several ARISS-International team members have noted that the ARISS-International website needs an overhaul and an update. The ARRL has offered the time and skills of some ARRL personnel to possibly accomplish this. The ARISS-International community will need to develop a set of ideas on what they feel is needed, and the ARISS Board will share this with ARRL. To begin, Frank will ask Debra Johnson to prepare an email for the ARISS-International community to describe the ARRL’s plan to conduct the update.
The next meeting will be held on 19 February 2013.