Go To Meeting/Teleconference
October 18, 2022 – 1100 UTC
Roll Call—Martha took attendance by using the names shown on the Go To Meeting screen.
Frank welcomed everyone to this meeting and pointed out that it is good to see Masanobu in attendance today. Crew 4 returned to earth on Monday. That crew included Kjell Lindgren, who made many ARISS contacts as well as casual contacts with earth bound hams in his spare time. Samantha Cristoferetti, whose TikTok videos were very popular and did a great job with ARISS contacts, and “Farmer” Bob Hines, who hosted several ARISS contacts. We even did our first school contact in Antarctica, with Kjell Lindgren on the microphone. This was a phenomenal crew! Members of Crew 5 are already working with us.
ISS National Lab cited ARISS in their recent report. “Thanks to the ARISS volunteer team,” Frank said.
- Call for Acceptance of Minutes – Frank Bauer KA3HDO and Martha Muir W4MSA
For the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on September 20, 2022 Martha recorded the minutes and distributed the file to ARISS Delegates prior to this ARISS-I meeting. Glenn made a motion to accept the minutes. Ciaran seconded that motion. The minutes was adopted without dissent and will be sent to Carol Jackson to be posted on the ARISS-I webpage.
2 Face to Face 2023 meeting status update – Oliver Amend
Oliver stated that we are still looking at holding this meeting during the week of April 17 at the ESA facility. Monday would be an arrival day, with meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday would be a back-up day. The Ear-to-Ear meetings were held on four three-hour days. The Face-to-Face meetings will be longer on each of the three days.
Oliver asked everyone that if they have a special topic to be included in the agenda, please let him know. Also, please let Oliver and the other officers know if they plan to attend and how many single bedroom or double bedroom hotel rooms they would need. If you would be interested in attending a special celebration event during these meetings, let the officers know. A room for this would need to be reserved.
Frank said that he is excited at this opportunity to see everyone once again.
3. HAM TV Update – Frank Bauer
Frank reported that the HAM TV unit arrived in Houston, Texas on October 3. It is now in bonded storage which now requires more paperwork to get it out. Frank thanked Fabrizio Carrai, Elisa Carruba, and Emanuele for their work getting the unit shipped from Kayser Italia to the Johnson Space Center.
NASA will require flight recertification and other testing. We want to perform some combined testing to include an integration test with the unit, the IORS, and an ID generator / HDMI Converter. We’re aiming to get the system sent up prior to the Axiom 2 flight in May 2023 and also to be available to support astronaut-ham Andreas Mogensen’s mission, later on 2023.
Emanuele said that he will extend Frank’s thanks to Fabrizio and Elisa and that we are deeply indebted to Kayser Italia for their work repairing the HAM TV unit.
Graham asked if there have been any changes in the HAM TV signals? No. Only a part replacement in the MiniMod module and minor MiniMod Firmware update. It still supports the DVB-S protocol. ARISS-USA team members Randy Berger and Kerry Banke are actively working the certification, along with Lou and several others.
Any Other Business
- Covid Waivers. Frank said that the officers have decided that the current waiver process will continue only until December 31, 2022. After that, schools will be required to sign and submit a document stating that they will be willing to switch to a multipoint telebridge contact with as little as 24-48 hours’ notice if conditions in their area get difficult. There will be no more weekly waiver updates after the end of this year.
- 40th Anniversary of Ham Radio in Human Space Flight. Frank said that we are aiming to have a celebration of this milestone early next December (2023) at or near the Kennedy Space Center. One or more astronauts may be invited to join us. More will be discussed about this at next month’s meeting.
Oliver said we need to put together a committee to organize and publicize this event. Shizuo nominated Satoshi for this committee. Oliver said we need ideas and helping hands. We’ll need photos. We might add a page to the ARISS website showing the history of ham radio in space. We need to create an archive. If you have ideas, send them in. Eric suggested photos showing the deployment of the ARISS CubeSats. We need oral and visual histories. We need to record the stories. Frank summarized this by saying we need to do a better job advertising what ARISS does.
Bertus asked if there could be a live stream of these anniversary events for those not attending in person? Frank said yes, we’ll do our best to make that happen.
This will be a celebration of all human spaceflight amateur radio in space from Owen Garriott’s flight on STS-9 in 1983 onward.
- Frank’s status. Upon request, Frank showed everyone his injured booted foot. He broke it when he was in Denver. He had surgery on it last week. It is difficult for him to get around and it is setting him back on the things he usually does. But, he says ARISS is resilient and we have a great team that will pick up with others are unable. If you sent Frank an email and have not received a response, please send it again.
- Ciaran reported that Martin Diggens, VK6MJ, is retiring his ground station in Australia due to ill health. He continues his Ph.D. work on ARISS education.
Time Change: Next month’s ARISS-I meeting will be at 1200 UTC due to the time changes in the USA and Europe.
Next meeting: November 15, 2022 at 1200 UTC.
Martha Muir, ARISS-I Secretary