Go To Meeting/Teleconference
November 21, 2023 – 1200 UTC
Interpreter: Alexandra Tussing
Roll Call—Martha Muir, W4MSA
Martha took attendance by recording the names shown on the Go To Meeting screen.
Welcome—Frank Bauer KA3HDO
Frank welcomed everyone to today’s meeting and said we have lots to talk about. All regions are represented today - US, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Japan.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes--Frank Bauer KA3HDO and Martha Muir W4MSA
The minutes for October’s meeting were sent out by Martha to the members via email prior to today’s meeting. Gaston made a motion to accept the minutes. Glenn seconded that motion. The motion passed without dissent.
The minutes will be sent to Carol Jackson to be posted on the ARISS website. Frank reported that Carol is in the hospital. Keep her in your prayers. Anything you need from Carol, please ask Frank or Tanya.
2. Report and Status of SSTV – Sergey Samburov
Sergey reported that there have been issues with an old adapter – it failed!It was subsequently repaired. They are preparing images related to the 40th Anniversary to be sent in December but December is a busy time with many educational activities planned in Russia and the US. They are looking for four days to send 12 images. These images will be sent out mid-December and will focus on the use of ham radio on the space shuttle by Owen Garriott.
Frank thanked Sergey for his report and his work at putting this new series of images together. We’re looking forward to this new series. It is challenging to find time when there are so many things going on aboard the ISS. The anniversary of Owen Garriott’s flight began in November of 1983 but the SSTV series featuring him will sent out near Christmas. Thank you, Sergey. These SSTV events are very popular.
Oliver said that the Polish team plans to prepare the awards for the next event. It is always nice to have awards for ham radio enthusiasts. Concurring with Frank, Oliver said “Thank you, Sergey!”
3. 40th Anniversary Update – Frank Bauer and Diana Schuler
Frank brought up the 40th Anniversary webpage on the ARISS-I website to show as he presented this section of the meeting.
The International Delegates meeting will be on February 20 and 21 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Visitors Complex. The 40th Anniversary events will be on February 23 and 24. The Gala dinner will be on February 23 under the Saturn V. Tanya has added a “Frequently Asked Questions” section on that website. Please use it.
Frank reported that ‘shoulder days’ have been added to the special rates at the hotels on the list of hotels on that website to support our international team that need extra time to adjust to the time zone change. The registration fees cover the costs to enter the KSC Visitor Center, the costs of the facility, and breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks.
The special rates at the designated hotels near the KSC expire on December 23 for the Courtyard by Marriott and on January 19 for the others. Country Inn and Suites has dropped their rates to $159 per night!
Tanya said that the 40th Anniversary Celebration website now includes information for you and/or your family about other things to do in the area. Diana said that attendees must be approved by security at the Kennedy Space Center. Please register early to allow time for security to process your information. Stefan reported that the registration page does not handle international phone numbers. Frank said he would look into this.
Frank said he had a fun request for folks. Please suggest which astronauts or cosmonauts you would like to see at the 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Please sign up for one of the volunteer opportunities listed on the webpage.
Rosalie pointed out that Oliver posted information about the need for visas for this trip. Please start the visa process early.
4. HamTV update – Randy Berger
Randy said that a team from NASA worked on developing a filter for the HamTV unit. They checked out various bands. Kerry Banke did a lot of the engineering and set up tests. You can see the noise of the unit without any filter – up to 45 dB. They chose to work with a Feranon filter which provides up to 70 dB of protection. The case, to protect the crew from sharp edges, is 3D printed. It looks nice and provides protection. Thermal testing and spectrum testing was also completed. Frank thanked Randy for his team’s work, his leadership and his report.
Emmanuelle asked if we could get a copy of the slides Randy showed. Oliver replied that these documents are now NASA documents; it may be difficult to get them. It’s similar to trying to get documents from Kaiser-Italia. We were able to save the MarconISSta cable
Dave Taylor asked if we had to use the same plastic as we did on the filter cover. Yes, Randy said, the HUNCH team NASA is now generating it, similar to what was done for the IORS.
Again, Frank thanked Randy for his work on this. We hope to fly the unit next March.
AOB (Any Other Business)
Frank said that thanks to Diana folks are now getting and using SPARKI kits in the classroom. International folks who are coming to the meeting will get a list of components in the kit. They can request which parts they want to take home with them. Watch for an email about this. We will spend two hours of the Face-to-Face meeting checking out the SPARKI kits. Diana said an update on the instruction manual is coming.
Stefan said at the upcoming Olympics in Paris, non-hams will be given access to certain bands, such as 2 m. The folks in charge of this were asked to avoid the satellite bands. They agreed to this but couldn’t guarantee it so this could be a problem. There is likely to be noise when the ISS passes over during the Olympics (July to August 2024). Glenn asked what power level will they be using. They did something like this during the soccer tournament in Canada but they used low power and there was not a problem. Emmanuelle said they should use 2 Watts maximum.
Emmanuelle asked Frank a question about putting an antenna outside of Lunar Gateway for Amateur Radio use. Frank asked him to send him a detailed email about this.
Frank thanked everyone for attending the meeting today, giving special thanks to Gaston.
Next Meeting December 19, 2023 1200 UTC
Respectfully submitted, Martha Muir, ARISS-I Secretary