ARISS – SSTV award

… that was fast :-)

Thank you for your participation in the reception of SSTV images transmitted from the International Space Station on 8 – 10 February 2019 to celebrate the NASA On The Air and the 35th anniversary of the Amateur Radio on Human Spaceflight Missions. I am sending you your award in the attachment.

The pictures on the diploma show three events and people associated with them:

35 years ago, astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL took his amateur radio equipment into the Space on the Columbia STS-9 shuttle (November-December 1983). He became the first radioamateur to talk to hams while orbiting Earth. This event gave rise to the SAREX program (Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment, later called the Space Amateur Radio Experiment).

Sergey Samburov, RV3DR is the Chief of Cosmonaut Amateur Radio Department, RSC Energia. Thirty years ago, he was the founder and head of the MAREX program (Mir Amateur Radio EXperiment) and MIREX (Mir International Amateur Radio EXperiment) which were formed to handle prescheduled Mir school contacts. He is currently the head of the Russian Segment amateur radio activity on the International Space Station.

William Shepherd, KD5GSL commanded the first expedition on board the ISS in 2000-2001. Using the callsign NA1SS – Shepherd completed the first-ever ARISS contact on December 21, 2000. During a ten-minute radioamateur connection, he talked to 14 students of grades 1 to 8 plus a science and math teacher Rita Wright at Luther Burbank Elementary School near Chicago. We have recently celebrated the 18th anniversary of this event

Sławek Szymanowski SQ3OOK
ARISS SSTV Award Manager.

Categories: ISS

All Power To The ISS!

We were just informed that it is likely that MarconISSta will be deinstalled on February 9th, 2019. This is about three weeks earlier than expected, so we quickly have to finish any outstanding activities. Therefore: All Power To The ISS!

We want to invite everybody who owns a UHF antenna, preferably with an e.i.r.p. of more than 30 dBW, to do transmissions to the ISS. These transmissions will be recorded by MarconISSta and we will publish the results here. This experiment is a nice way for you to test your antennas, while it is great for us and ARISS to evaluate the ARISS VHF/UHF antenna pattern.

Transmission Details:

Transmission time: Whenever you see the ISS between now and February 9th.
Frequency: 435-438 MHz. Please avoid 435.95 MHz (our reference frequency) and 436.5 MHz (center frequency of receiver)
Power: Continuous transmission of a carrier, we recommend an e.i.r.p. of more than 30 dBW
Please do not use Doppler correction. We want to see the Doppler shift, it might help us to localize your transmission from this

ARISS school contact Kantonsschule Musegg / Lucerne

Kantonsschule Musegg, Lucerne, Switzerland, direct via HB9HSLU with astronaut David St-Jacques KG5FYI

… some answers to the following questions:
3. Suppose you woke up and realized that the Earth isn’t there anymore – what would you do?
4. What’s your favorite city to look at from space?
5. Now that you have lived in space, would you colonize Mars?
6. Have you ever been afraid of never getting back to Earth?
7. What do you do when you have an argument with the other astronauts?
8. Do you believe that there are other living creatures in space beyond Earth?
9. What experiment are you conducting at the moment?