Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 1215 UTC
Interpreter: Mark Leybovich
Unable to attend
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
1. ARISS Elections—Rosalie White, K1STO, Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, & Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Rosalie White stated that from the days of our very first election of ARISS officers, Canadian ARISS Delegates have graciously taken care of our election logistics. In the past few weeks, Ian MacFarquhar has carried on this tradition.
Ian reported that he received messages from many delegates with nominations. The nominations he received were as follows: Frank Bauer for ARISS Chair, Oliver Amend for Vice Chair, and Rosalie White for Secretary-Treasurer. No other people were nominated. Ian contacted nominees about their willingness to be on the slate of officers, and all nominees were pleased to be nominated and said they were willing to accept a nomination.
As Frank could not attend today’s teleconference, Oliver Amend asked Delegates if they had any comments, today, or objections regarding the slate of nominees. Delegates had no objections, and accepted by acclamation, the slate of nominees as being elected for the upcoming two-year term.
Oliver and Rosalie thanked delegates for entrusting them to fulfill their duties for another term. Rosalie thanked Ian and delegates for participating in the election process and nominating people.
Keigo Komuro and others gave their congratulations to the officers.
2. Status of HamTV & CW Beacon—Mark Steiner, K3MS
Mark Steiner reported that the ARISS team continues to work on aspects regarding the chaining of ground stations. Gaston Bertels is still working with ESA management to get the agreement finalized for transferring custodianship from ESA to ARISS for the HAM Video transmitter.
Mark also said that discussions are continuing on the CW Beacon -- how it will be manufactured and how it will be turned over for launch. This includes technical and administrative questions.
Oliver asked if anyone in the United States has reported receiving blank HamTV transmissions in the United States. Kerry Banke replied that he has successfully received transmissions, and Lou has received partial transmissions.
Kerry commented that the team is developing a document that will describe exactly what is required for building a ground station.
Oliver asked if the team has inquired whether ARISS will be able to transmit more blank transmissions. Mark explained that ESA said more transmissions could take place once the custodial agreement is finalized. Oliver reported that Ham Video is still listed in the official Increment Requirement Documents as reserve activity.
3. Reminders-- Telecon Notification & Point of Contact List—Rosalie White, K1STO
As a reminder, please do not forget that our very important Point of Contact list is now being updated by Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, an ARISS mentor. Please send any needed updates to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Second reminder: If you cannot attend our monthly telecon meetings, please do not forget to send your email about this to Rosalie and Kenneth Ransom. Kenneth works with the NASA contractor telephone operators, and needs your email by the Thursday before our Tuesday telecons.
4. Update on the PS&U—Mark Steiner, K3MS
Mark said he has solidified the roster of committee members although no meetings have been held recently. When the S-band proposal is received, the committee will review it. Prior to that, Mark will be going over the review process with the committee.
Our next meeting is 16 December 2014. Remember the time -- 1215 UTC!
Per Kenneth’s suggestion, Oliver asked delegates to begin thinking about the date for the next face-to-face meeting. Delegates should send to ARISS officers any suggestion they are thinking about for a good meeting location. We have met just before AMSAT Symposiums, which increases attendees.
Mark said we have an invitation to go to Russia. Sergey confirmed he is ready to host the meeting at Moscow, Korolev, Kaluga, or Kursk. Sergey will check with others and then suggest dates.
Rosalie White, K1STO
November 21, 2014