[amsat-bb] Re: ISS & Amateur Voice Comms

MM ka1rrw at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 2 16:46:10 PDT 2007

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 )
> Thanks!
> Steven J. Raas
> Locator FN20vg
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