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Improvements on ISS


I am not sure if you are aware of this, but AMSAT  has set up a specific 
listserv for human spaceflight activities. I would encourage you to post 
ISS-related items such as this on the sarex@amsat.org listserv.

If you have a specific proposal for improvements to the ISS Ham radio 
system, it would be best if you submit those to the ARISS (Amateur Radio on 
the International Space Station) team for review and consideration.  If you 
go to the ARISS web site:


Under "team members" you can see that Mike Miller, KA5SMA is the 
Secretariat of the Project Selection and use committee.   This is the 
committee that reviews and forwards specific projects, plans and ideas to 
the ARISS International Delegates.  Actually Valentin is working with this 
committee now to prepare his follow-on presentation on the Shadow 
experiment for the upcoming ARISS International Delegates meeting that will 
be held at ESA ESTEC in late March.  It sounds like your packet ideas 
should be added to Valentin's presentation.  I think you should coordinate 
directly with him to ensure it is part of the package for the ARISS team to 

The ARISS International meetings are always open to the ham radio 
community, so if you have the opportunity you are welcome to attend our 
meeting at ESA ESTEC (located in the Netherlands).

For those in the states, the ARISS International meeting after the ESA 
ESTEC meeting will be held in conjunction with the AMSAT Symposium and 
Annual meeting in October.  All are welcome attend.  It will provide you 
with a great perspective of what is on the horizon and you will get to meet 
a number of fantastic people.


Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
AMSAT VP for Human Spaceflight Programs
ARISS International Chairman

Message: 3
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 17:34:15 +1100
From: "Kevin Forbes" <vk3ukf@hotmail.com>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Improvements on ISS

Hello folks, I left this message at the ISS fan club for a bit of feedback,
but as of now have not received any, not knowing enough about it, I present
it here for some possible feedback, positive and negative, all is welcome.
Thanks Kevin VK3UKF.

Hello, everyone, I am proposing a change to the Space Stations beacon as it
currently stands.
I would like to suggest that the following be included into the ISS VHF
packet beacon on 145.800 MHz. The Space Stations GPS postion as a grid
number, such as the packets we digi via the Station, and the time as UTC, we
could all set our clocks via the station and we would see it as an actual
position comparing it to our predicted orbits.
But, the main reasons for these proposals is the ET Shadow experiment,
including this data on the beacon when the experiment is being conducted,
will, I believe, make the collation of the data, so much easier for the
principal investigators, studying this new propulsion technology that I like
to call Blue Light Engines, It reminds me of Star Trek.
If you are unaware of the ET Shadow Project, do a google search and if you
can, please help Mr Valentin Strashinski and join the rest of us that are
going to help when it happens.
Cheers all.
Kevin Forbes. VK3UKF.

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