Go To Meeting/Teleconference
September 21, 2021 – 1100 UTC
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Before the meeting officially started, Eric let everyone know that he was joining this meeting via a 4G multi router connection from France supported by UTEL net in the Netherlands.
Roll Call—Martha took attendance by using the names shown on the Go To Meeting screen. The one telephone attendee was identified.
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank welcomed everyone to this September meeting of ARISS-I. He thanked everyone for keeping the ARISS radio contacts going despite the ongoing pandemic and pointed out that the waiver request process is designed to make sure that schools are doing their ARISS preparations with regard to the pandemic crisis. The waiver process is also designed to minimize the number of cancelled contacts due to the pandemic. He also reminded attendees that the MultiPoint Telebridge process is available and does not require a waiver request. Sad news: Tom Clark K3IO is in the hospital in Maryland.
- Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer and Martha Muir
For the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on August 17, 2021, Martha Muir recorded the Minutes and distributed the file to ARISS Delegates prior to this ARISS-I meeting. Darin made a motion to accept the Minutes. Rosalie seconded that motion. The minutes were adopted without dissent.
- ARISS-USA Team Updates—Frank Bauer
Frank announced the current members of the ARISS-USA senior leadership team. The ARISS-USA program is now a registered 501 (c) (3) entity. Frank remains the Executive Director, Marty Schulman NV3H is the Assistant Director, Tom Henderson is the Secretary, Carol Jackson remains as Treasurer, Jena Dunham KE0AOA is the Director of Volunteer Resources, Kathy Lamont KM4TAY remains as the Director of Education, Rita DeHart KC4RMS is the Director of Public Engagement, Randy Berger WA0D is the Director of Engineering, and Marty Schulman NV3H is acting as the Director of Operations.
ARISS-USA has its own entity website, ariss-usa.org, which is separate from ariss.org.
- ARISS-Europe Updates —Oliver Amend
Oliver announced that ARISS-Europe Board had just held elections for 2-year terms. The delegates elected are Oliver Amend DG6BCE - Chairman, Emanuele D’Andria I0ELE – Technical Director, Bertus Husken PE1KEH – Technical Counsellor, and Ciaran Morgan M0XTD – Technical Counsellor. Oliver said that the ARISS-European team is growing and that he hopes to include the talents of its many members in their projects.
Oliver sent special thanks to Jean-Pierre Courjaud F6DZP for his work as Technical Counselor. “His work on the HAM Video D-ATV project was a great achievement in the past years and the re-launch of the repaired HAM TV unit in 2022 will continue this project.”
- SSTV Committee meeting report —Oliver Amend
Oliver stated that there have been two meetings of the SSTV Experimental Committee since the last ARISS-I meeting and a third one will be held later today. This committee meets on alternate Tuesdays at 1300 UTC. Oliver DG6BCE is serving as Chairman/Organizer.
Oliver welcomes others who want to join this committee. They are using a Wiki to share notes and documents. They are in the planning stage of activities. There is an operational computer in the Russian segment of the ISS that has been used for SSTV transmissions but they want to expand SSTV operations for the future by using the IORS in the Columbus module. The ARISS team is working to have a Raspberry Pi there to support SSTV operations.
Rosalie said that Christy and Bruce Hunter would be interested in helping with this.
Frank said that the SSTV transmissions are very popular around the world – there’s lots of participation in these events. Armand reported nearly 10,000 awards were submitted during the last event but only 500 awards were downloaded. He is concerned about why this is happening because this is a volunteer effort.
Frank reported that he has been working with Axiom and it is beginning to look like there may be up to two private astronauts who will be doing ARISS contacts.. Axiom-1 is currently scheduled to launch in February 2022. There is one astronaut who is already a ham scheduled to be a part of the Axiom-2 crew. Axiom-2 is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2022.
Oliver stated that the ARISS International Officers agreed to extend the waiver request process to the end of March 2022. The pandemic is still a big issue with varying conditions around the world.
Frank stated that work continues on planning the Face-to-Face meeting next year. At this point, due to the COVID situation, this meeting will not be held in the spring. There are also conflicts in the fall, including the two AMSAT meetings (AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NA). So defining a date will be tricky.
Martha Muir, ARISS-I Secretary