Maurice André Vigneault
Francesco De Paolis
ARISS I Agenda:
Roll call was done by Rosalie.
1. ARISS-I board elections - Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
This ARISS delegates and officers thanked Daniel for handling the elections processes.
Gaston was nominated for the ARISS Chair position, again, but declined the nomination. Frank was also nominated and was elected by delegates to the ARISS Chair position. We thank him for taking the lead again.
Mark Steiner was nominated for ARISS Vice Chair but declined the nomination. Gaston nominated Oliver Amend, DG6BCE, for Vice Chair. Some team members have worked often with Oliver, who has been active for a number of years in ARISS Europe and with activities for Amateur Radio education in the classroom via AATiS, and has an aerospace career with a company involved with the Columbus module. Rosalie seconded the motion for Oliver’s nomination, and he was elected unanimously as ARISS Vice Chair.
Rosalie was nominated and elected again to the ARISS Secretary-Treasurer position.
The term for these officers begins on January 1, 2013.
A hearty and heartful thank you was expressed for Gaston’s guidance and leadership in recent years, and the group is pleased that he will stay on the ARISS Team.
2. ITU frequencies registration – Comments - Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Gaston provided a summary of the status of the ARISS frequency submittal to the ITU. The delegates are familiar with how the ARISS frequencies were submitted to the ITU, as it was assumed this met requirements in the IFIC circular. Emanuele had interpreted it to say that all frequencies that ARISS might be able to use should be in the filing, and that this would be in alignment with ITU. Delegates agreed, and the filing was made in early 2012.
The response back from several ITU member states included concerns regarding the use of L-band. Specifically, there were concerns that there could be interference with the Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS), including GPS (US), Galileo (Europe), Glonass (Russia) and QZSS (Japan). Some, who recently rechecked the submitted paperwork, noted that in some instances the paperwork submittals showed the ARISS use of L-band was Earth to Space (receive only on ISS) while other parts of the paperwork appeared to imply 2-way. Emanuele reminded all that the delegates had an opportunity to review and approve these documents prior to ITU submittal. L-band is only used by ARISS for uplinks, and in the filing, there is an “R” to represent this. So there should be no interference problems to other services using the 1260-1270 frequencies. This needs to be clarified with the member states.
ARISS also submitted the use of S-band frequencies, 2350-2400 and 2400 to 2450. Currently 2350-2400 is not in the amateur satellite band. Japan stated that they have a concern with the use of this frequency spectrum. ARISS-EU would like to use this portion of the spectrum for Ham TV, if there is interference when using the other portion of the S-band frequency spectrum. Emanuele said that ARISS can answer to Japan’s concerns about the filing by saying ARISS would immediately stop transmitting if ARISS is told of such interference.
We thanked Emanuele for his prior work and especially for these new updates. Emanuele said we will need to prepare comments about the other countries’ concerns in regard to our ITU filing. He said we should try to get our countries’ administrations to reply, and in parallel with our comments, as well.
It was agreed that the reply that will be developed by AMSAT-Italy to be sent in the near future, should be reviewed by the delegates and team members experienced with ITU/IARU prior to working with the Italian administration who will reply to the other countries. Having these team members’ input can be very helpful for AMSAT-Italy. The team thanked Emanuele for allowing us the opportunity to review the paperwork before it is filed.
3. New Business
The ARISS confidential frequencies should not be published, especially the uplink frequencies.
Lou would like to be included in the S-band frequency discussions. In particular, the CW beacon frequency needs to be coordinated.
4. ESTEC meeting – Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
A meeting was held at ESTEC, recently, to discuss ham video. Several ARISS team members attended either directly or via teleconference call, along with representatives from NASA and Kaiser Italia. The plan for delivery is in summer 2014. There will be phases of steps for integration. IK1SLD will be outfitted with S- band equipment. Commissioning will be done with S-band, but the voice link will be via ISS communications. Step 2 will be VHF and S-band for a single contact. Step 3 is the chaining of ground stations to provide at least 5 minutes of continuous video.
The ham video team continues to meet. Future hardware development will includes a CW beacon, a video beacon (automatic video transmission with the potential for educational use), and support of a Kenwood D-710 radio system to provide more power and additional capabilities. The CW beacon has been given approval for development; Lou is working with a person in California on development of the system. Development of a streaming video is needed and BATC is supporting that project along with Jean-Pierre Courjaud, F6DZP.
5. Columbus module status - Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO
The VHF Ericsson radio is on Progress 49. No specific date has been set for swapping out the old radio for the new one. However, it is likely to be a task list item for the crew to accomplish in the January timeframe after Astronaut Christopher Hadfield arrives.
6. New Business
Gaston noted that Carol Jackson’s work with NASA and ARISS is coming to an end. The ARISS Team wishes to express a very sincere thank you for her many years of truly wonderful support.
Our next meeting will be held on December 18, 2012.
Rosalie White, K1STO
ARISS-International Secretary Treasurer