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Re: Shuttle audio retransmissions



There is a NASA Glenn amateur radio club in Cleveland, Ohio. They also retransmit shuttle audio.

Patrick...kb8rtz...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nate Duehr" <nate@natetech.com>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 18:01
Subject: [amsat-bb] Shuttle audio retransmissions


> I think the folks on the AMSAT list may know better about this than I do.
> 
> For years, a local ham club I'm now helping with did Shuttle audio 
> retransmissions (back then it was a C-Band NASA Select audio feed into a 
> dedicated 220 link to get the audio to the repeater and some fancy 
> controller programming to allow the audio to be muted for a few minutes 
> when someone used the repeater) around here.
> 
> Reading thru Part 97:
> 
> -----
>   PART 97 Section 97.113(e)
> 
>   (e) No station shall retransmit programs or signals emanating from
> any type of radio station other than an amateur station, except
> propagation and weather forecast information intended for use by the
> general public and originated from United States Government stations
> and communications, including incidental music, originating on
> United States Government frequencies between a space shuttle and its
> associated Earth stations. ""Prior approval for shuttle
> retransmissions must be obtained from the National Aeronautics and
> Space Administration"". Such retransmissions must be for the
> exclusive use of amateur operators. Propagation, weather forecasts,
> and shuttle retransmissions may not be conducted on a regular basis,
> but only occasionally, as an incident of normal amateur radio
> communications.
> 
> -----
> I see that "prior approval" is required.  I haven't been able to find 
> any paperwork (but someone might have it) showing any sort of approval 
> from NASA and I'm not even sure who one would contact there to do this.
> 
> Anyone here have any ideas on this?  Does NASA have a blanket approval 
> for ham groups for this sort of thing, possibly?
> 
> I'm going to go hunt some more through the club paperwork... (sigh).
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Nate WY0X
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