Tuesday, 17 September 2013, 11:15 UTC
Not Able to Attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Maurice André Vigneault
ARISS I Agenda:
Roll Call — Rosalie White, K1STO
Frank was traveling on an airliner during our telecon meeting, and asked Rosalie to share his greetings to all. Oliver took over as chair of the meeting.
Oliver said that everyone should have received Rosalie’s minutes from the previous meeting, and asked if anyone had any related comments. There were none.
1. Operations/Hardware Status Update—Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO
The Ericsson radio is being used for school contacts and packet contacts. The last few contacts were good ones. Kenneth reported that the team has been much more selective about offering best passes to groups to help avoid audio issues.
The Russian radio is being used only for voice by the crew, and recently, the radio has not been switched to packet after school events.
2. Update for Ham TV Launch on HTV4, Commissioning at end of 2013, Tests of the Streaming Program —Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Preparations for commissioning are progressing steadily. Weekly coordination continues. A recent topic was in regard to certain very expensive connectors.
Gaston has been circulating bulletins about progress, and the result is that HamTV is getting good publicity in various Amateur Radio magazines and symposiums papers in the USA and Europe.
Two simulations have been completed by ESA and ARISS. The first simulation was the Experiment Sequence Test in August, simulating transmissions on S-Band from the ISS radio to the IK1SLD station; the tests were successful. The transmissions were web-streamed via the BATC server (British Amateur Television Club) to B-USOC in Belgium.
The second test was over telephone lines where ARISS operators simulated sending signals to Matera, Italy. These communications tests were done in the mockup of Columbus at EAC in Germany. All tests were successful.
The team has given ESA some possible passes over Matera for the next commissioning tests. These tests will check distance and time on several dates during one month with the help of Amateur Radio operators worldwide. Gaston is preparing a bulletin for how Amateur Radio operators can take part and assist.
3. Draft Response to ITU Member States; update—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
There is no update from last month’s meeting for this topic.
4. Update on Delegates’ responses in regard to travel for 2014—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
The ARISS Team has targeted April 2014 (or the first week of May) for our face-to-face meeting, and it would be held at ESA-ESTEC in the Netherlands. This will be a strategy planning meeting rather than a status meeting. Oliver asked delegates to send agenda topics and ideas to him and Frank.
All position papers to be reviewed or discussed at the meeting must be prepared several weeks prior to the meeting. This is because not all delegates will be able to attend the meeting, and even those who can go will need to read and review the papers ahead of time. This is very important if a vote is required.
We will need to submit a proposal to ESTEC about hosting our meeting. This requires that delegates make a final decision soon about the meeting dates.
****ACTION ITEM**** By September 30, all delegates and team members who will be required to attend, must respond to Frank and Oliver about “no go” or best meeting dates in April and early May. Rosalie will send a special email to remind delegates that they must submit that information by September 30. Remember about the week of Easter holidays, with Easter being on Sunday, April 20 – not a likely time for us to travel.
The meeting schedule follows this plan:
* Arrive Thursday
* Meetings are held Friday and Saturday
* Leave on Sunday
5. Update on ARISS Project Selection & Use Committee’s Review of the CW-Beacon proposal prepared for ESA—Mark Steiner, K3MS and Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
The proposal went to all PS&U committee members, followed by a teleconference meeting. This information was distributed to the delegates, too. The proposal was presented by Gaston and KI. The committee recommended to the delegates to approve the continuing of the development of the proposal.
Oliver has received several emails from delegates who have voted yes. Rosalie said she is voting yes if ESA will handle final development, upmass to the ISS, and integration, and this vote of yes is because some teachers can use telemetry in school lessons, and it will help the team point their antennas.
***ACTION ITEM*** All delegates: if you have not already emailed your vote on this proposal to Oliver and Frank, you must vote on the proposal by September 30. Rosalie will send an email to remind delegates that they must submit their votes to Frank and Oliver by that date.
6. New Business
There was no new business.
1. New Business
Our next meeting will be 15 October 2013, continuing to be held at 1115 UTC. (The USA returns to Standard Time from Daylight Savings Time on 3 November).
September 17, 2013