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FW: Re ISS D700 msg in AMSAT-BB Digest, Vol 3,Issue 71

The D700 is owned and controlled by ARISS--Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station.  ARISS is an international working group of
volunteers with delegates from AMSAT-International and the National
Amateur Radio organizations.  In the USA this is AMSAT-NA and the ARRL.
The ARISS team works with the 5 regonal space agencies (NASA, CSA, JAXA,
ESA, and Roscosmos/Energia) to develop and operate the amateur radio
equipment on board ISS.  In 1996, NASA asked the amateur radio community
to develop a working group to provide a single amateur radio voice to
the space agencies...the result was ARISS.
The ISS crew use the ham radio equipment at their discretion on their
free time.  Like you and me, they have many choices on how to spend
their free time, including reading books, watching movies, talking to
their families and using the ham radio.  Some crew members only use
ARISS on their free time to talk to children at schools.  Others are
more into ham radio...they support the school contacts and will talk to
hams on the ground.  There are several future crew members in the fall
time frame that have expressed significant interest in using the ARISS
equipment for general QSOs.  We will keep you informed as their flight
Thank you very much for your interest in ARISS.
73,  Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chairman
AMSAT-NA V.P for Human Spaceflight Programs
From: amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org on behalf of joe cassano aka jmario
Sent: Thu 2/7/2008 5:51 PM
To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re ISS D700 msg in AMSAT-BB Digest, Vol 3, Issue 71

I'm curious to learn what organization owns/controls the D700 that is on
the ISS and how, where, when, and by who  decisions are made and
implemented regarding switching the D700's mode of operation.

I understand the D700 shutdowns for safety reasons, its use as a
educational tool to connect school children worldwide with NASA, its
availability as a recreational device for interested ISS residents, and
the fact that having astronauts watching over and tweaking the D700 is
near or at the bottom of the astronaut's task list.   I have never
understood how the non-shutdown, non-school  D700 time is allocated and
who does the allocation.

Joe Cassano

> Message: 6
> Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 07:05:16 -0800 (PST)
> From: MM <ka1rrw@yahoo.com>
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  ISS may be off the air during the Shuttle Mission
> To: "Auke de Jong, VE6PWN" <sparkycivic@shaw.ca>,     AMSAT-BB
>       <amsat-bb@amsat.org>, Nate Duehr <nate@natetech.com>
> Message-ID: <700075.84809.qm@web56413.mail.re3.yahoo.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
  > Now that the D700 has been tested for 5+ days in Cross
> Band repater, its time to find a laptop and start
> running some Slow Scan TV from ISS again.
> www.marexmg.org
> 73 Miles

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