November 17, 2020 – 1200 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Interpreter: Ksenia Shelkova
Unable to attend:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed meeting attendees. He congratulated the team on 20 years of successful amateur radio operations on the International Space Station. When constructing a building, every part is important, and so it is with what the ARISS team built. A new 20-year celebratory message and video are on the main ARISS web page.
Frank Bauer announced that John Kludt has been named the ARISS-International Operations Committee Chair, and thanked the outgoing chair, Dave Taylor, for all of the fine work he has done over the years.
With the pandemic having worsened in the US along with other parts of the world, Frank Bauer said that the ARISS US team has been discussing ways to maximize school contacts and protect students, school staff, and ham operators. The team would prefer to move forward with direct contacts but when a school must then cancel at the last moment because of a rise in Covid-19, ARISS cannot take advantage of the scheduled crew time. The ARISS teams around the world should discuss this and the use of telebridge options.
Frank Bauer stated that with the team using GoToMeeting, agenda items for monthly meetings are being considered by the ARISS Board three weeks prior to meetings. So ARISS team members should suggest agenda items three weeks ahead of scheduled meetings, and the ARISS Board will finalize the agenda two weeks before the meetings. Also, many ARISS team members speak a variety of languages. To improve communications among the team, when a meeting presentation is scheduled, 10 days prior to the meeting, the presenter should provide a few simple charts to be displayed at the meeting.
- Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: For the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on October 20, 2020, Rosalie White took the minutes and forwarded the document on October 22, 2020 to the other ARISS-International Officers, Frank Bauer and Oliver Amend for review. The document was reviewed on November 2, 2020 and distributed to ARISS Delegates the following day.
Discussion: Rosalie White reported that after the minutes were distributed to the ARISS-International email list on November 3, the team had an opportunity to review them and a few simple word changes were made. Frank Bauer asked for a motion to approve the document. Gaston Bertels moved to accept, and Darin Cowan seconded the motion. There were no objections; the minutes were accepted and Carol Jackson will post them.
2. SSTV 20th Anniversary Commemoration—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Summary: The next SSTV session should celebrate the November 2000 communications passes using the ARISS radio system for the first time ever not long after the crew first arrived on the ISS. This was on November 13, 2000 between astronaut Bill Shepherd, Lou McFadin and Frank Bauer, and Sergey Samburov and Sergey Krikalev.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov said ARISS can celebrate 20 years of successes with an ARISS SSTV session to be held sometime after December 12 and before the end of the year. Frank Bauer said the theme would be the first ARISS communications done with the first ISS crew—the initial ham radio contacts and the initial ARISS school contacts. Kevin Zari has asked the five ARISS Regions for images to use. Frank Bauer suggested adding words of good wishes to images for the holidays and for a Happy New Year. Sergey Samburov recommended having the inscriptions in several languages. Armand Budzianowski said the ARISS team in Poland would be happy to support the activity with diplomas.
More ARISS SSTV sessions will be sponsored throughout the year celebrating ARISS’s anniversary, and it is hoped that some of these can be done using the Columbus module radio equipment. Also, MAI-75 transmissions may be downlinked on December 1-2. Sergey Samburov mentioned that these school contacts are also planned: December 3 in Blagoveshchensk, December 12 for Ufa in Bashkortostan, and later with Kursk students who produce satellites.
3. 2021 Ear-to-ear Annual Meeting—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE & Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: Based on the current worldwide pandemic status, the ARISS Board is planning a virtual (ear-to-ear) annual meeting for 2021. Initial plans will be determined and suggestions from ARISS Delegates will be solicited.
Discussion: Oliver Amend reported that because of Covid-19, the 2021 annual ARISS meeting will be the same type as in 2020, an ear-to-ear meeting. The format should be the same—meetings held over several days in one week, 3-4 hours each day. Typically, this is a Tuesday through Thursday, in particular, not on a weekend. Please email thoughts to the ARISS Board on what month is best for the annual meeting, and what dates may be particularly bad. October is probably not a good choice because it is full of conferences, such as the AMSAT-UK Colloquium and the AMSAT-NA Symposium. Please suggest agenda topics to the ARISS Board, too.
4. ARISS Board Nominations—Chet Latawiec, VE3CFK
Summary: ARISS-Canada Delegate Chet Latawiec sent his email address to ARISS Delegates so they can email him their nominations for the next ARISS Board. He will share the nominations received thus far. The window for him to receive nominations will close on December 14, 2020. Voting will take place on December 15, 2020 at the December ARISS-International Meeting.
Discussion: Chet Latawiec reminded ARISS Delegates that in one month’s time he will be leading the last step of the election process for ARISS Board Members. Emails went to Delegates asking for nominations for the term of January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022. Twenty-five percent of ARISS Delegates have responded. Nominations thus far are for ARISS Chair as Frank Bauer, ARISS Vice Chair as Oliver Amend, and ARISS Secretary-Treasurer as Martha Muir. For those who have forgotten, Martha’s call sign is W4MSA. Chet Latawiec said to submit other names to him before December 14, 2020 when nominations will be closed. Voting will take place on December 15, 2020 at the December ARISS-International Meeting.
5. Very Brief Summary on ARISS PhD Research—Martin Diggins, VK6MJ
Summary: Martin Diggins will give a five-minute summary about his ongoing PhD research that has the title, “Significant Conversations in Outer Space: An Evaluation of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) School Program.”
Discussion: Martin Diggins thanked everyone for their attention and said he had been a schoolteacher for many years and decided to earn his PhD in his retirement. He said the goal of ARISS is to enhance students’ knowledge of STEM. His research will be a qualitative case study to learn about the success of meeting this goal. There is increasing demand for qualified people in STEM careers and not enough candidates. There is an increase in adolescents (age 10-14) opting out of STEM-subject studies. Situated Cognition Theory shows that students learn best when actively engaged in learning and that learning is put in context for them. ARISS engages students actively with ISS crew members. ARISS offers role models for context, an excellent way to motivate students. Martin Diggin’s research questions are about student interest, student knowledge and understanding, and teacher interest and motivation to incorporate STEM in classes. He will select 10 schools. He will do pre-ARISS contact and post-ARISS contact online surveys and interviews. In addition to his presentation at the ARISS-International meeting, he sent information to the ARISS HTT (and received a great deal of response).
Frank Bauer thanked Martin Diggins for taking on this study, which is very important to ARISS.
- Announcement for Proposals for the Artemis Program—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO brought to the ARISS team’s attention the “Announcement for Proposals for Partnership Agreements in Telling the Artemis Program Story to a Worldwide Audience.” Frank Bauer displayed the announcement:
Frank Bauer noted that ARISS does all of the above, and that the Artemis program includes Lunar Gateway, that ARISS hopes to be involved with. Proposals are due December 11, 2020 and he requests that ARISS team members email himself, Oliver Amend, and Rosalie White—the ARISS Board—about joining the team that will develop a 10-page proposal.
- Special Event Organized by Polish Operators—Armand Budzianowski, SP3QFE reported that as of November 13, 2020, special event stations are on the air to celebrate ARISS’s 20 years of operation on the International Space Station. The special event operators are a group of hams from Poland clubs that have supported ARISS contacts and related student STEM studies. In addition to celebrating ARISS’s 20 years, the ham operators are thanking the ARISS team for developing and getting a ham radio station installed on the ISS. The hams operators are also grateful to space agencies for allowing students to engage the crew. The ARISS team in Poland will offer a diploma to people who make contact with the special event operators; the diploma will list some of ARISS’s history on it. Frank Bauer thanked Armand Budzianowski.
Frank Bauer congratulated the team again on its 20 years of operation on the ISS. He thanked attendees for taking part in the meeting and thanked interpreter Ksenia Shelkova.
The next meeting will be December 15, 2020 at 1200 UTC.
Rosalie White, K1STO
November 18, 2020