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Upcoming EVA for ISS Ham Radio System


This is a follow-up to my previous e-mail.

I want to inform you that one of the ISS Ham radio antennas are expected to 
be deployed as early as Monday, January 14.  The antenna that we expect to 
be deployed is designated WA3.  If you look at the end of the Service 
Module, this antenna is located in the 10 O'clock position, where 6 O'clock 
is down (Earth Pointing) and 12 O'clock is up.  The Russian team are able 
to deploy this particular antenna sooner than the others because it is 
located very close to where the 4 RF connections go into the Service Module.

A few days ago, you saw the item below from Arthur Rowe.  This status 
briefing will discuss the ISS Ham antenna deployment and you are encouraged 
to see it.

The following paper has some great pictures and diagrams which depict the 
entire ISS Ham system, including the antenna systems.  This paper is 
probably big for some that have low bandwidth internet capabilities.  The 
file is about 800K.


The EVA is scheduled to begin at around 21:45 UTC on January 14.  The 
antenna system is tentatively scheduled for deployment around 2:00-2:30 UTC 
(On January 15).  Please note that the EVA schedules are very fluid, so if 
you want to view the deployment on NASA TV, you need to stay attentive 
during the entire EVA activity.

One other thing on the EVA.  There may be some Internal Video of the 
antenna systems tonight, January 9 at midnight UTC (24:00) which 
corresponds to 7 pm Eastern Time.  This is supposed to be shown on NASA TV.

I will provide some additional information on this as we get more 
information in the next few days.

Packet Module:  We are working with the ISS Crew to get the packet up 
again.  We got a report that it was up yesterday, but it seems to be off 
the air again.  We will continue to work this, but all the EVA activity 
will hamper ISS Ham operations over the next few days.

73,  Frank Bauer, KA3HDO


      The first briefing to discuss the progress of the Expedition
Four mission aboard the International Space Station is set for 2
p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 10. The event will be broadcast on NASA
Television from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl
Walz and Dan Bursch are beginning their second month in orbit aboard
the space station, gearing up for the first Extravehicular Activity.
The spacewalk, conducted by Onufrienko and Walz, is scheduled for on
Jan. 14.

The crewmembers may perform up to four spacewalks to continue
station assembly during their time in orbit, while continuing to
perform a host of scientific experiments.

Briefers will include:
*  Annette Hasbrook, ISS Flight Director
*  Susan Brand, Expedition Four Increment Manager
*  John Uri, Expedition Four Increment Scientist
*  Daryl Schuck, Expedition Four Lead EVA officer, who will preview
    the activities to be conducted during the spacewalk

Reporters at participating NASA centers will be able to ask
questions. NASA TV can be found on GE-2, Transponder 9C, vertical
polarization at 85 degrees West longitude, 3880 MHz, with audio at
6.8 MHz. Additional information on the International Space Station
and the Expedition Four crew can be found on the Internet at:

                  http://spaceflight.nasa.gov  ALSO

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