15 Apr

Packet From The International Space Station Is Back On 145.825 MHz

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 by

ARISS is pleased to announce that packet from the International Space Station is back on 145.825 MHz. A few months back, the ARISS Team did the foot work and paperwork to launch the final copy of the Ericsson VHF handheld radio to the ISS. This work was began in
October after the unit onboard the ISS failed. ARISS has been using
the Ericssons for 16 years. In the last days of February, the
launch vehicle, SpaceX 10’s Dragon, flew to the ISS. Then the ISS crew had the odious job of unloading and unpacking 5,500 pounds of cargo along with the Ericsson HT.

ARISS got word this morning that we now have VHF capability back in the Columbus module. Followers of ISS Fan Club have already posted that they’ve heard and used packet, and are thrilled.

In 2015, ARISS began its first fundraising campaigns. It relies on NASA, ARRL, AMSAT and individual donors, along with ARISS volunteers to pay the day-to-day operations expenses and everything related to the hardware, testing, and certification. Donors can go to www.amsat.org and www.ariss.org to support the program.

EMike McCardel, AA8EM
Rotating Editor AMSAT News Service

18 Dec

…next round of cubesat deployments begins on ISS

Sunday, December 18th, 2016 by

A new set of cubesats will be released tomorrow, December 19th, 2016.

For the deployment, the Japanese robotic arm moves the deployer to a specific position to ensure the satellites depart on a safe trajectory with no risk of re-contact with ISS on any subsequent orbits after which drag will have separated ISS and the much smaller CubeSats.
Here is a list of the CubeSats on Japan’s payload manifest, with descriptions offered by JAXA :

AOBA-Velox 3 – from the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, will evaluate the performance of a pulsed plasma thruster
TuPOD – from the Italian company GAUSS, will attempt deployment of two daughter nanosatellites from Brazilian and U.S. builders
ITF-2 – from the University of Tsukuba, will connect amateur radio users
STARS-C – from Shizuoka University, will attempt to extend a tether between two 1U CubeSats
WASEDA-SAT 3 – from Waseda University, will also deploy a “film-type” de-orbiting device and project an image onto the film surface using a micro-miniature projector

10 May

Tomsk-TPU-120 Cubesat Messages

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by

soundRS04S – German Message

Wir schreiben das Jahr 2016. Das Jahr, indem wir das 55. Jubilaeum des Tages feiern, an dem der erste Mensch ins All geflogen ist. Wir, die Studierenden der Polytechnischen Universitaet Tomsk, leisten einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Entwicklung der Raumfahrt und wir gruessen alle, die uns hoeren koennen. Sie hoeren eine Uebertragung von der Raumsonde, die wir anlaesslich des 120. Jahrestages der Gruendung unserer Universitaet, mit unseren eigenen Haenden entwickelt haben. Wir wuenschen allen Menschen der Erde Frieden und Glueck. Und jenen, die sich in die Fernen wagen, wuenschen wir astronomische Erkenntnisse.

soundRS04S – English Message

In orbit. 2016 is the year of the fifty-fifth anniversary of the first manned flight into space. We, students of Tomsk Polytech University have greatly contributed to the development of astronautics, send a warm greeting to everyone who can hear us. On the air, this is a small space craft, a satellite, which we have assembled with our own hands and dedicated to 120th anniversary of our university. We wish all people of the planet peace and happiness, and to those who are exploring the vastness of the universe, astronomical achievements.

soundRS04S – Russian Message

На орбите 2016 год, год 55 летия первого полёта человека в космос. Мы, студенты Томского Политехнического Университета, внесшего достойный вклад в развитие космонавтики, приветствуем Всех, кто нас слышит! В эфире борт малого космического аппарата “Спутник”, который мы сделали собственными руками в честь 120 летия со дня основания нашего университета. Мы желаем всем людям нашей планеты Мира и Счастья, а тем кто штурмует просторы вселенной – космических достижений!

soundRS04S – Portuguese Message

2016, é o ano do quinquagésimo aniversário do primeiro voo tripulado ao espaço. Nós, estudantes da universidade politécnica de Tomsky, temos contribuido significativamente para o desenvolvimento da astronomia. Enviamos uma saudação calorosa a todos que nos ouvem. Uma pequena nave no ar, um pequeno satélite que temos montado com nossas próprias mãos em honra do centésimo vigésimo aniversário da nossa TPU.
Desejámos a todos as pessoas do planeta, paz e felicidade à aqueles que estão a explorar a vastidão do universo cósmico.

soundRS04S – Chinese Message


soundRS04S – Arabic Message

سنة ألفين وثلاثة عشر علي الهواء
الاحتفالية الخامسة والخمسون لصعود الإنسان للقضاء نحن طلبة بك، المتعلقة بالفنون والتي ساهمة في تطوير الاميتير. نحيي كل الذين هم في الاستماع .القمر الصناعي الذي تم صنعه بطرفنا نحن وبايدينا خاصة .هو علي الهواء. نحن ننمي السلامة لكل سكان الارض وللذين يكتشفون الفضاء هناك.

soundRS04S – Kazakh Message

soundRS04S – Tatar Message

soundRS04S – ??? Message

soundRS04S – Spanish Message

soundRS04S – Hindi Message


10 May

Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat Celebrates University Anniversary

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by


The Tomsk satellite onboard ISS was turned on May 10 at 07:55 UTC and will be switched off on May 11 at 10:10 UTC.


The Russian Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat is different from other CubeSats : it has a handle!

The 3U CubeSat was launched from Baikonur to the ISS on March 31, 2016 in a Progress-MS-2 cargo vessel. It will be deployed by hand during a future Russian spacewalk (EVA), which is why it has a handle.

The satellite was developed by students at the Tomsk Polytechnic University to test new space materials technology and will be the world’s first space vehicle with a 3D-printed structure.

In May 2016 Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrates its 120th anniversary. As part of the celebrations on May 10-11 Tomsk-TPU-120 will be activated in the ISS and will transmit a greeting to Earth inhabitants, recorded by students of the university in 11 languages: Russian, English, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Arab, Tatar, Kazakh, Hindi and Spanish.


The greeting signal will be transmitted once a minute on 437.025 MHz FM. (signal is weak)


One of the Kenwood transceivers on the ISS will provide a simulcast of the signal on 145.800 MHz FM (much stronger)

Reception reports will be appreciated. Please send reports to mailto:rv3dr@mail.ru


Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS past chairman