[sarex] Re: Lets go back to simplex voice

William M. Pasternak newsline at ix.netcom.com
Mon Aug 10 10:42:36 PDT 2009

Its not going to happen.  The simple way to explain it is that the 
frequencies used by the ISS and the latter SAREX operations before it were 
decided internationally and took several years to affect the 
compromise.  The frequencies as they exist make it possible for space 
operations to co-exist with terrertrial operations in various parts of the 

Also, as I recall, many of the astronaut and cosmonaut hams do not want to 
work pile-ups.  They operate ham radio as a leisure activity and are not DX 
chasers.  And there are some that have only an interest in communicating 
with classrooms and do not otherwise operate.

Based on all of this the prospect of ISS operations returning to the era 
single of frequency operations of the last century are little or none.  I 
kind of doubt that the pile-ups you and I recall will ever happen 
again.  The ARISS program is far to mature and structured for that.


At 09:17 AM 8/10/2009 -0700, Thomas McGrane wrote:
>Greetings from pat n2oeq, long island new york
>I never agreed with the use of different uplink frequencies for ISS
>phone operation. It only led to a lack of activity and simple
>regimented school contacts.
>I just tried calling the space station on two meters hoping they were
>listening but, as usual, no answer.
>We need a simple simplex frequency like years ago when the crew of the
>MIR or the ISS could just leave the radio on and answer as they pleased.
>Many times in the past, I called according to the tracking program and
>received responses.
>The old argument was that they wanted to operate split to avoid the
>confusion of a pileup. Well, I guess it worked because nobody talks any
>Please return to a simplex frequency so we can enjoy working the
>astronauts and cosmonauts again.
>People shouldnt avoid chaos, they should adapt and embrace it and learn
>to operate. Out of chaos comes order.
>I am extremely disappointed that the military has more say over these
>activities than the citizens who support both.
>Time to change please.
>War is easy and stupid, making peace is hard and productive.
>Thank you, pat.
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