[amsat-bb] Re: ISS & Amateur Voice Comms
N2OEQ at aceweb.com
Sat Jun 2 18:34:25 PDT 2007
Hi miles- de patrick n2oeq- nice to see you thinking of the future. I miss the MIR
days. I think there was a simple kenwood dual bander on the MIR. I looked at the icom
ID800 and my first impression was that it was not a simple radio and I am not
interested in buying a new digital radio to work the ISS. Since there is no rush,
please consider other radio models of SIMPLE design. Within the past couple of years I
purchased a very easy to operate Yaesu FT8800R dual band rig capable of cross-band
repeat, 9600 baud packet, and narrow FM operation to name a few. I looked at several
rigs before deciding on it. Of course, it was a personal preference and others may
prefer other models but I found this to be my choice for satellite work etc.
I think it would be safer to consider a rig that has been around a while that has been
refined in production and proven in use. Most important is that it be as simple as
possible so as not to be disinteresting to the crew. Well, its all academic since it
has to be approved but I'm happy to see you working on it. Thank you!!!!!
Take care, pat
------- Original Message -------
>From : MM[mailto:ka1rrw at yahoo.com]
Sent : 6/2/2007 7:46:10 PM
To : sraas at optonline.net; amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject : RE: [amsat-bb] Re: ISS & Amateur Voice Comms
The Amateur Radio stations on board ISS have not been
open to regular public access since August 2006.
There have only be a few random days when the crew
from ISS has been heard calling CQ since then.
If you look back in the Amsat Archives, look for
message from Ken Ransom for an explanation of the
The Marex team is working on proposals to replace the
existing ISS ham system with a new simpler to use
system. (We have found that on the Space Station Mir
projects, some consumer grade ham gear seemed to only
have a life span of 2-3 year in 24/7 service while
orbiting in space. All of the ham gear on ISS is over
3.5 years old)
The unapproved Marex proposals would be comprised of
the following hardware if approved.
Icom ID-800 Dual band
Kantronics KPC-9212 TNC
Slow Scan TV
(Off the shelf VOX box, multiple brands are currently
being tested for SSTV)
Marex welcomes your support
--- Steve Raas <sraas at optonline.net> wrote:
> Has any one been lucky enough to work the ISS on 2m
> voice as of late? I call
> NA1SS on every pass that Im available to and so far
> no dice. ( 3 days 4 or 5
> passes )
> Steven J. Raas
> Locator FN20vg
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