19 December 2017, 1200 UTC
Eskil van Loosdrecht
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer thanked all participants for attending the meeting. He announced that Valery Agabekov, UA6HZ, became a Silent Key on December 1, 2017, and team members honored him with a few moments of silence. Valery Agabekov was an ARISS-Russia Delegate for many years until November 2017. He donated his own radio to be launched to Mir for crews to do school and general ham contacts. He, Sergey Samburov and Boris Stepanov solicited support from the Russian Ministry of Communications to allow US astronauts to use the Mir radios and ease third party rules. Valery participated in ARISS-I teleconferences and several of ARISS face to face meetings.
Frank Bauer wished the team a pleasant holiday and a Happy New Year. ARISS has had a phenomenal year with many accomplishments including the face-to-face meeting in Rome, very busy mentors, expanded HamTV including a new Australian ground station, and many hardware initiatives.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: The minutes of the November ARISS-International Monthly Meeting were finished by Rosalie White on December 4, 2017 for Frank Bauer to review. The minutes were then distributed on December 17, 2017 to Delegates.
Discussion: Rosalie White reported that no comments were received regarding the minutes. Ciaran Morgan moved to accept the minutes; Dave Taylor seconded the motion. There were no objections to the motion; the minutes are approved.
2. ARISS-International PR Committee Report—Dave Jordan, AA4KN
Summary: Dave Jordan submitted the ARISS-International PR Committee Report and it was distributed on November 24, 2017.
Discussion: Rosalie White moved to accept the report. Darin Cowan seconded the motion and no other comments were made; the report was approved.
In his position as ARISS-International PR Chair, Dave Jordan writes publicity prior to every ARISS contact, not just those hosted in the US; he does a fine job with this. He also emails people for photos from ARISS contacts and from hands-on ham radio activities the students did prior to their ARISS contacts. Dave archives photos for use in reports -- and not only US weekly and quarterly reports to NASA and CASIS, but also to inform other ARISS Region sponsors and space agencies about ARISS activities. Photos also go in the annual report and on ARISS web pages.
A discussion took place on what is needed for photos: high-resolution quality images and videos of students in action. Please do not email images using Whatsapp because it compresses photo files. ARISS sponsors like photos of girls and boys, all ages, and all ethnicities.
3. Update, NASA on the Air (NOTA)--Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO
Summary: NASA amateur radio clubs are sponsoring an on-the-air activity called NASA On The Air (NOTA) and hams can earn an award by making QSOs with the ham clubs and by doing other things. Amateur radio has been part of NASA space operations since the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX), and the ISS has ARISS amateur radio equipment on board. One of the activities NOTA participants can do is to utilize one of the ISS ham radio capabilities such as packet or listening to an astronaut give answers to students during a scheduled school contact. Only one activity from the ISS is needed to count toward the award. Please note: No special NOTA activity is planned from the ISS.
Discussion: Kenneth Ransom said participants in NOTA can monitor packet digital, SSTV, and other day-to-day ARISS activity. When the new radio system is launched, the crossband repeater will also be an option. If hams ask ARISS Delegates about NOTA certificates, the NOTA web site URL can be handed out. No special ARISS certificates are planned within the framework of the NOTA event. Kenneth Ransom provided the following URL to be shared: nasaontheair.wordpress.com.
Bertus Husken, Lou McFadin and others discussed certificates or QSL cards that students or schools might be able to apply for in order to frame for display in schools. Discussion notes were kept by Oliver Amend for the ARISS Awards Committee to talk about at a future committee meeting.
4. Changes, ARISS-Canada Delegates. - Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: For a few months, there has been no ARISS Delegate from Canada. It is desirable to have two Canadian delegates in place prior to the next Canadian astronaut going into space (David Saint-Jacques, KG5FYI, launch planned for November 2018). Soon, there will be more talks with RAC on who will be their new delegate. At the AMSAT Symposium, discussion was held with Canadian AMSAT leaders about potential ARISS delegates to represent AMSAT-NA. Chet Latawiec, VE3CFK, is a respected ham operator of many years who has some satellite operations experience.
Discussion: The ARISS Team looks forward to having Chet Latawiec as one of the ARISS-Canada Delegates. He expressed his enthusiasm toward being a part of the team and asked team members to freely communicate with him on all ARISS topics, especially while he ramps up in learning all about ARISS activities.
5. Report from ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee on MarconISSta--Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: The MarconISSta project information was presented by Martin Buscher, DJ1MBB at the Rome meeting in October. Updated technical information from the MarconISSta project has been submitted to the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee for evaluation and discussion. They were determining their recommendation to give to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: In the ARISS meeting at Rome, Martin Buscher presented information on his project, a 17-hour survey of amateur radio frequencies using ARISS antennas, a Lime SDR and a Raspberry Pi unit. Information was given to the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee for discussion and evaluation. Lou McFadin had questions and suggestions, and assisted Martin Buscher with making changes. Oliver Amend shared information, including where to get access to the most recent documents, with ARISS Delegates. The ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee gave a positive recommendation to the Delegates.
A discussion ensued with Graham Shirville, Gaston Bertels, Eskil Van Loosdrecht and others making comments such as how the project will have no impact current ARISS equipment, and how after the project is concluded, the equipment may have other purposes useful to ARISS in the future.
The ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee (TES) recommended the following to ARISS Delegates:
1) ARISS will support the MarconISSta project under the aspect that no planned ARISS ham radio activities and scheduled school contacts are affected, there is no impact on ARISS ham radio equipment by adding the MarconISSta equipment,
2) The operational aspects between ARISS operations and MarconISSta experiment execution within the ISS Mission Increments needs to be adopted to avoid operation conflicts, and
3) ARISS operations (Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO) and ARISS engineering (Lou McFadin, W5DID), assisted by TES Acting Chair (Oliver Amend, DG6BCE) shall support the MarconISSta project for integration with the ARISS ham radio equipment onboard ISS/COLUMBUS.
Oliver Amend made the motion that ARISS Delegates agree to accept the recommendation of the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee as spelled out above. Rosalie White seconded the motion. No objections were stated; the motion was carried.
6. Bartolomeo--Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: Airbus D&S plans to finalize a contract about Bartolomeo with ESA in 2018.
Discussion: The state of the Bartolomeo project has not changed since last month’s meeting. In January 2018, it is expected that a contract will be signed by ESA and Airbus. The project’s schedule is unknown; the building of the platform unit has commenced at Airbus D&S Bremen. ARISS must deliver a UHF/VHF antenna and ESA is being asked to support the costs because Bartolomeo is a European project, ARISS would not need to deliver an antenna if it were not for Bartolomeo, and ARISS has no funds to budget for a replacement antenna.
Bruce Hunter, who takes care of ARISS QSL cards requested by the US population, reported that some schools ask for QSL cards after their ARISS contacts. This is in addition to card requests for general ARISS QSOs made by US hams. He has prepared and sent close to 100 cards since October 2017. The team thanked him for his diligent service.
Frank Bauer was at NASA Hq and talked about ARISS’s Deep Space Gateway submittal to ESA Education under the lead of Oliver Amend and Ciaran Morgan. (Oliver Amend reported that they have not heard back from ESA.) In February 2018, NASA is planning something similar to ESA’s request for research ideas. It is not clear whether education ideas will be solicited. However, ARISS-US will make sure that NASA Deep Space Gateway leaders are aware of amateur radio’s capabilities and educational and research impacts. Delegates can monitor their space agencies to learn whether they will also request submissions regarding Deep Space Gateway.
The next meeting will be January 16, 2018.