April 16, 2019, 1100 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Interpreter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Eskil Van Loosdrecht
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer thanked the team for participating in the monthly meeting. He said that a great astronaut, friend to ARISS, and colleague, Owen Garriott, W5LFL, had become a silent key on April 15, 2019. Owen Garriott had been slated in his early career to support the Apollo missions and he hoped to have a ham radio station on a lunar flight. Before he could do so, he was moved to other important space projects. One was to be part of the Skylab team. The STS-9 mission allowed Owen Garriott to be the first human to talk via amateur radio from space to ham operators on the ground. That flight became the first SAREX mission, which led to many more SAREX missions, and eventually was the path to the development of ARISS. The ARISS team set aside a few moments of silence during the telecon to remember this great man.
Frank Bauer reported that the ARISS web pages are now secure, with an https address. This was the first step for setting up an on-line ARISS store.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on March 19, 2019 were completed by Rosalie White on March 20, 2019. After a review was completed on March 21, 2019, the minutes were distributed on March 27, 2019 to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Gaston Bertels made a motion to accept the minutes as written. Ciaran Morgan seconded the motion. There were no objections from any delegates, so the minutes were approved as distributed by Rosalie White.
2. 2019 Face-to-face Meeting Plans, Canada—Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA and Chet Latawiec, VE3CFK
Summary: The ARISS-Canada Delegates will offer more information to ARISS team members regarding the 2019 face-to-face meeting at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
Discussion: Glenn MacDonnell and Chet Latawiec are pulling together final meeting details with CSA. Rosalie White reported that work is progressing on the agenda for the delegates’ meeting. Frank Bauer reminded the team that Carol Jackson sent an email to everyone with a survey of questions on team members’ plans for attending the meetings, which are:
* Hardware meeting, 25 June
* ARISS-I Delegates meeting, 26-28 June.
Team members will need to provide passport information to CSA.
A reminder of deadlines related to the meeting, which team members have already seen are:
* To get the special hotel rate, rooms must be booked by May 24. BE CAREFUL to select the Alt Hotel QUARTIER DIX30. (There are several Alt Hotels with similar names.) If a question or problem occurs regarding your room reservation, contact Glenn MacDonell or Chet Latawiec.
* ARISS delegates, committee chairs, and team members will submit their repeorts to Carol Jackson by May 25.
* ARISS delegates, committee chairs, and team members will submit their presentations to Carol Jackson by May 30.
* If any report or presentation is not submitted to Carol Jackson by the deadline, the particular report or presentation will be removed from the meeting agenda and will not be presented.
3. SSTV Transmissions—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Summary: An update will be given by Sergey Samburov on the April SSTV downlink sessions.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov told the team that he has only reports about the SSTV transmissions from other people because he was away from Russia during the session and could not monitor things. The team heard that the RF signals were good and audio signals were low resulting in somewhat fuzzy images. Sergey Samburov sent a radiogram to the crew to check the volume. For the Huntington High School ARISS contact a day after the SSTV transmissions, modulation was good. Dave Jordan reported that people uploaded 4,424 images to the ARISS SSTV Gallery. Sergey Samburov is considering a future SSTV session on Owen Garriott and his contributions to amateur radio in space.
Armand Budzianowski reported that as of this telecon meeting, his team received 1,200 applications for diplomas for the April series, and more applications are arriving. ARISS SSTV is always a very popular activity. The team thanked Armand Budzianowski and his team.
Frank Bauer related that he finally had success with engaging the company that ESA wanted used to transfer the Ham TV equipment for delivery to Italy. He felt the company was slow to help because ARISS is a small organization, not a large corporation. ESA became involved and was very helpful with making the shipment happen. The hardware arrived in Milan on April 15, 2019. Paolo Cergna on the ESA logistics team took care of getting a highly important waiver to ensure ARISS would not have to pay very expensive import taxes. Emanuele D’Andria said he received confirmation from the company that the equipment had arrived in Italy. He will keep the team informed about the next steps.
IORS Tests at Johnson Space Center
Frank Bauer reported that Lou McFadin and Kerry Banke were in Houston at Johnson Space Center for the week to conduct tests on the new Interoperable Radio System. EMI and EMC tests were performed on the flight-identical unit of the multi-voltage power supply and the Kenwood radio Lou McFadin said tests checked for radiated emissions and possible harmonics with the transmitter in transmit mode. Susceptibility tests were run on the signal from the power supply and the noise it generates; interference from the power supply was well within specifications. The next test was for radiated emissions from the transmitter; measurements were higher than the specification and in consulting with JVC Kenwood, Shin Aota felt the cause might be distortion on the input of the test system. If so, that would allow the testing to be completed before the end of the week. If not, more work would have to be done along with more tests in the future.
The team must travel to Johnson Space Center two more times. Tests will be done on the flight-identical unit for-power quality and acoustics testing, and also, for Russian requirements. Then, abbreviated testing will be done on the flight unit.
The next meeting will be May 21, 2019 at 1100 UTC.
Rosalie White, K1STO
April 23, 2019