Tuesday, 20 August 2013, 11:15 UTC (6:15 am CT)
Francesco De Paolis
Not able to attend:
Maurice André Vigneault
ARISS I Agenda:
Roll Call — Rosalie White, K1STO
Gaston let us know that the wife of EmanueleD’Andria has passed away recently after a long illness. We send our condolences to Emanuele.
1. Operations/Hardware Status Update—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
The team has done a lot of school contacts, recently, with Luca Parmitanooperating with equipment in the Columbus module. He has made hams very happy by making general contacts in addition to school contacts. Sergey has worked on the D-700 and it is operational again. The Russians have used it for school contacts, and the most recent was the one coordinated by Sergey for Reunion Island. Frank thanked everyone for the excellent international team efforts.
2. Update on CW-Beacon proposal prepared for ESA – Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Gaston reported that AMSAT-NA is working on an L-Band receiver for the project. A test model of a duplexer has been built for an L-Band (up) and S-Band (down) transponder that has a port that can also take audio from other sources, such as the Ericsson to transmit down.Telemetry packets can be transmitted down to classroom students for educational lessons.
The project details will be submitted soon to the PS&U Committee. Next, the project will be presented to ESA. Gaston said this will not be an easy task, but the project is highly supported by Astronauts Luca Parmitano, Paolo Nespoli, and Frank DeWinnne.
Lou described activities the technical team has been doing, including the transponder, and all of the work with Kaiser-Italia (KI). KI has been very helpfulwith the interfaces needed, such as ensuring that everything is easy to use by the crew (and us).
3. Update for Ham TV Launch on HTV4, Commissioning at end of 2013, Tests of the Streaming Program —Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
The Ham Video transmitter is presently stored onboard Columbus. This was confirmed by Luca Parmitano. An EST (Experiment Sequence Test) is planned for 28-29 August. ARISS ground station IK1SLD, located in Northern Italy, will be used for this test.
A Commissioning Simulation test is planned for 4 and 6 September. Commissioning is planned for October 2013. The Matera station, located in Southern Italy, will be used for the Commissioning. Commissioning will be done in 3 or 4 steps during different ISS passes over Italy.
Possibly, the Ham Video transmitter will stay on throughout the Commissioning period, transmitting a still image and allowing ground
stations to test receiving equipment.
Frank asked if we could have a press release generated in regard to all the new things that have been happening, such as that the equipment is on board Columbus, and that there are tests upcoming. Graham and Gaston talked about some good publicity that has been aired in several countries, and we want to keep generating interest.
4. Update on Russian school/youth contacts—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Sergey was not available today, but as reported earlier, he has coordinated Russian school contacts and the Reunion Island contact for ARISS-EU.
5. Draft Response to ITU Member States; update—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Gaston said Emanueleannounced that all four ham video frequencies have been published in the August 6 issue of IFIC, the International Frequency Information Circular of the ITU.
6. Update on Delegates’ responses in regard to Travel for 2014—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank has received a few comments in regard to a face-to-face meeting at the ESA ESTEC facility in the Netherlands for spring, probably at the end of April of 2014. All delegates need to send your input to Frank, and a final announcement will be made at next month’s ARISS-International teleconference meeting.
7. Update on ARISS Project Selection & Use Committee—Mark Steiner, K3MS
Mark distributed the proposal guidelines to the committee members and the delegates for review. The committee is waiting for the CW Beacon submission.
8. New Business
Rosalie reported that Graham Coomber, G0NBI, general manager of the RSGB, contacted her with information. Carlos Eavis has changed employment, and the RSGB will be naming a new representative to the ARISS Team. We will miss Carlos for the fine work he has done for ARISS.Graham Shirville said the RSGB is still very interested in supporting ARISS activities, and hopes to name a replacement in the next several weeks.
1. New Business
Our next meeting is 17 September 2013.
Rosalie White, K1STO