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    ISS Amateur Radio Status: August 27, 2007 By Miles Mann WF1F, MAREX-MG News www.marexmg.org Manned Amateur Radio Experiment ISS Voice link, August 29, 2007
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      ISS Amateur Radio Status: August 27, 2007
      By Miles Mann WF1F,

      MAREX-MG News www.marexmg.org

      Manned Amateur Radio Experiment

      ISS Voice link, August 29, 2007
      Starting at 16:03 UTC
      Ending approximately at 16:13 UTC

      For the next few weeks the crew of the International Space Station
      will be treating Short-Wave-Listeners and Amateur radio operators to
      live down links from ISS via the Amateur Radio station on ISS. The
      crew will be conducting Weekly radio links to schools in North
      America. Everyone is invited to listen to the down links.

      On Wednesday August 29, at 16:03 UTC, ISS will pass over the central
      USA and will be actively talking to students.

      The path of the International Space station will be entering the USA
      from the Pacific Ocean near the center of Baha Mexico, then across
      Texas near Dallas, Topeka Kansas, Independence MO, Iowa City IA,
      Rockford IL, Milwaukee WI, Midland MI and Canada. Best listening will
      be 500 miles on either side of a line from Dallas to Milwaukee WI.

      This week Short-wave-Listeners and amateur radio operators will be
      able to listen to the ISS via amateur radio directly. Listeners
      living within 500+ miles of one of the cities below should be able to
      hear the signals directly with a simple scanner or other VHF receiver
      (an outside antenna is recommended 0 dBd gain or better). ISS will
      be transmitting on 145.800 FM (5 kHz deviation). You will only be
      able to here one side of the conversation, since the school will be
      transmitting on an undisclosed uplink frequency (VHF or UHF).

      If you do not have a tracking program, here is a live link to NASA
      that will show you where ISS is located.


      Tips on listening:

      Current ISS Crew Members as of August 2007

      The new crew #15 consist of:
      Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin
      Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov
      Flight Engineer Clay Anderson

      Orbital Tracking Data from August 26, 2007

      ARISS [+]
      1 25544U 98067A 07239.31605324 .00012774 00000-0 83342-4 0 8663
      2 25544 51.6355 96.7664 0008176 296.0554 54.5781 15.76271879501995

      Orbit path for August 29, 2007
      Elevations and angles are measured from Boston Mass, your actual
      angles will vary.

      3. ISS (ZARYA)
      UTC Date Time Azim/Elev Distance Direction Nearest City..
      29Aug2007 1608 267/ 0 30.9 km SSE of Topeka, KS
      29Aug2007 1609 269/ 2 117.4 km NE of Independence, MO
      29Aug2007 1609 272/ 4 63.0 km South of Iowa City, IA
      29Aug2007 1610 275/ 6 39.2 km West of Rockford, IL
      29Aug2007 1610 279/ 9 46.4 km ENE of Milwaukee, WI
      29Aug2007 1611 285/ 12 105.3 km NW of Midland, MI
      29Aug2007 1611 292/ 15 195.9 km NNE of Bay City, MI
      29Aug2007 1612 302/ 19 57.6 km SE of Sudbury, ON
      29Aug2007 1612 316/ 22 159.7 km SE of Rouyn, QC
      29Aug2007 1613 333/ 24 256.6 km SSW of Chibougamau, QC
      29Aug2007 1613 350/ 24 193.1 km SE of Chibougamau, QC
      29Aug2007 1614 6/ 21 267.8 km NNE of Quebec, QC
      29Aug2007 1614 19/ 18 94.4 km WSW of Sept-Iles, QC
      29Aug2007 1615 28/ 14 124.9 km East of Sept-Iles, QC
      29Aug2007 1615 35/ 11 51.9 km North of Natashquan, QC
      29Aug2007 1616 41/ 8 231.4 km ENE of Natashquan, QC
      29Aug2007 1616 45/ 6 275.7 km NNW of Gander, NF
      29Aug2007 1617 48/ 4 311.2 km NE of Gander, NF
      29Aug2007 1617 50/ 2 453.6 km ENE of Gander, NF
      --------------------------------end of pass---------------------------

      Subject: ARISS event - Ashland Greenwood High School, Ashland,
      Nebraska USA, Wednesday (Aug 29) 16:03 UTC

      From: "Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)
      To: <sarex@...>

      An International Space Station Expedition 15 ARISS school contact has
      been planned with students at Ashland Greenwood High School, Ashland,
      Nebraska USA on 29 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at
      16:03 UTC.

      The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and K0ASH. The
      contact should be audible in most of the central United States.
      Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz
      In addition, the audio should be available via IRLP and EchoLink. The
      participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

      Ashland-Greenwood Public School has 879 students and is actively
      in providing a well rounded education. The excitement has grown in
      curriculum areas of science and space because Astronaut Clay Anderson
      a 1977 graduate of the school. Ashland, Nebraska, population 2,262,
      located in southeastern Nebraska between Lincoln, the state capitol,
      Omaha. Principal products are agriculture and light manufacturing.

      Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time

      1. What happens if someone becomes very ill during your mission?
      2. Did being in space make you nauseous at first?
      3. What was your shuttle ride like and how hard was it on your body?
      4. What research projects are you working on in space? Which ones
      affect the people in Nebraska?
      5. Was scuba diving part of your astronaut training?
      6. What do you do with your spare time in space?
      7. Were you required to learn a foreign language in order to
      communicate with your crew members?
      8. How is physical activity affected while in space? Do you burn
      calories? Do you have better stamina? How is your heart rate and
      pressure affected? Would you rather do two a days for football in
      rather than on earth?
      9. How do you get your exercise?
      10. What do you do for entertainment?
      11. What is the hardest thing to adjust to being in space?
      12. What is your favorite thing to eat in space?
      13. I heard many Boy Scouts became astronauts. Were you a boy scout?
      14. What exercising do you do in space? What is the importance of
      exercising often in space?
      15. Were you required to learn mechanical skills in order to work on
      the space station? If so what are some you had to do?
      16. How has your goal of going to space, which to some may seem like a
      lofty and near impossible goal that has become reality, affected how
      go about attaining and setting other goals in life? Do you work
      these goals any differently than your dream of being in space?
      17. Do you see a sunrise or a sunset everyday and if you do what are
      the colors that you see when you look out your window?
      18. How well do you get along with the people you work with?
      19. What is the first thing you want to do when you get back to

      20. Is it hard to sleep?
      21. Do you get dehydrated in space?
      22. If you were working with tools on the space station and lost hold
      of one, what would happen to it?
      23. When you are on Earth and working with NASA is it hard to
      your personal life? Or is it like the military where you have no
      personal life?
      24. What areas of your high school career helped you achieve your
      of being an astronaut? Now that you are in space and when you come
      what will be next in your career?
      25. You have been promoted to run the space station for the next
      What would be your three highest priorities for its mission?

      Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
      http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact .

      Next planned event(s):
      Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois, direct via N9CHA Wed
      2007-09-05 18:38 UTC

      ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the
      participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES,
      JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from

      ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement
      Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the
      International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see,
      first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize
      youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further
      information on the ARISS program is available on the website
      http://www.rac.ca/ariss (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of

      Thank you & 73,
      Kenneth - N5VHO


      Pictures of the Amateur Radio station on the International Space


      Slow Scan TV:
      The Marex Slow Scan TV project, SpaceCam1 was activated for a few
      weeks last August using a Borrowed Laptop. The amateur radio
      projects still do not have a dedicated laptop for the projects and
      there are no laptops scheduled for flight to be used for Amateur
      Radio usage on ISS in the foreseeable future.


      Marex Future Project Proposals:
      Marex is working on keeping ISS accessible and affordable by keeping
      it on the air. We have submitted proposals for a new packet system,
      which has been initially approved. We are also working on other
      proposals, including proposals to replace most of the aging hardware
      with new state-of-the-art hardware including:

      David Clark commercial grade Headsets for quite listening while using
      the Amateur Radio station.

      DCI RF filters. Custom designed RF filters to reduce interference to
      the Amateur Radio stations (Just think of the range you get when you
      put your antenna 240 miles up, that's 1500 miles to the horizon. You
      also can hear a lot of interference too.)

      Radio Mailbox: Kantronics KPC-9612 data modem with built in Mailbox
      that allows Amateur radio stations to send and receive messages via
      the ISS mail box.

      The goal is to keep it simple and kept it on the air. Your support
      is always welcome.

      School Schedules:
      If you want to listen to ISS school schedules on the 145.800, then
      you should check the ARISS web page to seen when the next time ISS
      will be on the air in your part of the world. Listeners are
      encouraged to tune in and listing to the ARISS School down links.

      Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
      http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact .

      Marexmg Web page

      ARISS Web page and other great Space projects

      73 Miles WF1F MAREX-MG

      Until we meet again

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