February 19, 2019, 1200 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Interpreter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Eskil Van Loosdrecht
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed the team and thanked them for their outstanding support to ARISS.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on January 15, 2019 were completed by Rosalie White on January 19, 2019. After a review was completed on January 23, 2019, the minutes were distributed that day to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Darin Cowan made a motion to accept the minutes as is. Gaston Bertels seconded the motion. There were no objections, so the minutes were approved as written.
2. Summary, Series of SSTV Transmissions—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR & Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: A follow-up report about the February SSTV transmissions will be presented by Sergey Samburov, and a few comments will be given by Frank Bauer.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov heard many good comments about this latest series of images. Frank Bauer reported that the series was run two weekends due to slightly low signal output the first weekend. Over 5,000 received images were submitted each weekend -- over 10,000 total submitted to the web site. This is a new record. A number of emails were received from people who enjoyed downloading the series.
Armand Budzianowski reported that after the first weekend, 1,713 award applications were submitted, and the Polish team issued and sent 1,670 awards. The second weekend, an additional 1,136 award applications were submitted, making the total 2,849. He thanked everyone involved for their cooperation on working with the awards team. The Polish team was thanked for handling the awards and also for creating this particular diploma. Sergey Samburov and Frank Bauer thanked Armand Budzianowski and his team for their great work.
Armand Budzianowski also offers the possibility of offering a special SSTV award sometime in the future, if needed. If team members have ideas for these, please email them to Oliver Amend for consideration and coordination with the ARISS-International Awards Committee.
Rosalie White commented that the SSTV transmissions are good publicity about ARISS to ham radio operators who have not expressed interest in ARISS previously. She cited receiving two emails from US hams who really enjoyed downloading images. Glenn MacDonell expressed his surprised at how much interest there has been and said hams have downloaded their images to their local nets, and some have recorded the audio in order to give demonstrations at their local club meetings.
Sergey Samburov said it is great for schools and for non-hams. He said the next series will probably be around April 12 and will feature images of Yuri Gagarin and also the space shuttle. Frank Bauer asked team members to look for images that have not yet been transmitted, and email them to him and Sergey Samburov.
David Honess (part of ESA Education and a non-radio-amateur) experimented by himself with receiving images using a Raspberry Pi unit and an SDR dongle and was supported by Ciaran Morgan, and they were quite successful. They will share more information on that with the team. Gaston Bertels reported that the signal was really strong this time, and he was using only a low-power hand-held radio.
3. ARISS-Russia, Changes in Delegates -- Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Summary: Sergey Samburov will announce changes in regard to ARISS-Russia delegates.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov informed everyone that he is looking for a second delegate to represent ARSS-Russia since Tatiana Kolmykova will no longer be able to support ARISS. As he makes progress on finding a new delegate, he will share more details.
4. 2019 Face-to-face Meeting Plans, Canada—Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA and Chet Latawiec, VE3CFK, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Oliver Amend, DG6BCE, and Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: An update will be provided by ARISS-Canada regarding the 2019 face-to-face meeting at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Part of the update will be that the hardware meeting on June 25 is to be at a location near CSA (not at CSA) because its conference center was unavailable on the 25th.
An initial meeting agenda will be distributed. Here is a short list of deadlines, with more details to be shared at the February monthly telecon meeting
* The team should submit requests for specific agenda items to all three ARISS Officers, Frank Bauer, Oliver Amend, and Rosalie White no later than February 22. They will develop a detailed meeting agenda. Some agenda items will be defined by ARISS-Canada and CSA. ARISS officers will have final say on the meeting agenda including needed changes.
* Delegates and committee chairs will submit their reports to Carol Jackson by May 25.
* ARISS delegates, committee chairs, and team members will submit their presentations to Carol Jackson by May 31.
*** If a 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.
Discussion: Glenn MacDonell gave a summary of information that was shared previously. The ARISS-International meeting will be June 26, 27, and 28 at the Canadian Space Agency Conference Center, and the hardware meeting will be June 25.
CSA is enthusiastic about hosting the ARISS meeting and two or three CSA representatives will participate. CSA astronaut David St-Jacques is planned to return to Earth within these days, requiring a shift in location within the CSA conference center. Note that the St-Jacques return date may shift among some days.
A hotel is nearby and is close to restaurants, shops and transportation to CSA. ARISS-Canada will share more information as it is finalized.
Sergey Samburov asked about the July 1 national holiday, Canada Day; he suggested some of the team may wish to stay through the holiday. Chet Latawiec will share details on entertainment and tourist information including Canada Day. He has compiled data on what travelers need in the way of passports and visa.
Tony Hutchison asked for an update on the HamTV transmitter. Frank Bauer reported that he is working with NASA on the final paperwork so that ARISS-US can get it transported to Europe.
The next meeting will be March 19, 2019 at 1200 UTC.
Rosalie White, K1STO
February 24, 2019