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Marex news jan 24, 2002 Antenna status

Marex News, ISS Amateur Radio Status: January 24, 2002

12 Antennas Installed for Amateur Radio
ISS  Visible
Space Tourists and Contests

By Miles Mann WF1F,
Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division

New ISS Crew:
Current Members of the ISS Expedition Four:
Commander Yuri Onufrienko RK3DUO of Rosaviakosmos (formally called RSA
Russian Space Agency) 
American Flight Engineers Carl Walz KC5TIE
Dan Bursch KD5PNU

Antenna Space Walk:
Last week the ISS crew installed one of the new multiple-band Amateur
radio antennas on the Zvezda Service Module module.  This Friday, the
ISS crew will install the remaining three additional multiple band
Amateur radio antennas on the hull of the Zvezda Service Module.
Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Dan Bursch will conduct
the space walk (EVA) this Friday at 15:35 GMT.

In Flight Antennas and hardware:
By the end of January, there will be a total of (12) twelve externally
mounted antennas on ISS which can be used for Amateur Radio
experimentation.  Some of the antennas in the Zvezda Service Module will
be shared with other experiments including the commercial helmet mounted
TV camera project.  The helmet TV cameras will send live TV signals back
to mission control during spacewalks to allow mission control to help
monitor the Spacewalking crews progress.  The new ARISS antenna systems
are designed so that 2 or 3 projects can share a single antenna system
at the same time.  The NASA TV channel has been showing several move
clips of the ISS crew preparing the new Amateur Radio antennas for the
spacewalk.  If you watch this week you may be able to get a good look at
the systems. Also, check the MAREX web page for additional pictures of
the new ARISS antenna systems.

Current and Pending antennas systems
(1) Mono band 2-meter (147 mc) (Cirrus antenna system mounted on the
Zarya module, This antenna is currently connected to the Amateur Radio
Erickson 2-meter Voice/Packet station )
(3) 2-meter (145 mc) antennas (ARISS Multi antenna platforms wa-1, wa-2
and wa-3,  Zvezda module)
(3) 70-cm  (435 mc) antennas (ARISS Multi antenna platforms wa-1, wa-2
and wa-3,  Zvezda module)
(1) 10-meter (28 mc) antenna (ARISS Multi antenna platforms wa-4  Zvezda
(4) Patch antennas for 1.2-2.4 gc (ARISS Multi antenna platforms wa-1,
wa-2, wa-3 and wa-4,  Zvezda module)

One of the reasons we are so excited about the new ARISS antennas system
is because of the fact, that without antennas, you will not have a Radio
project.  This antenna project actually began in 1995, a year before
ARISS existed.  At that time, ARISS was an informal group of clubs who
were trying to plan the-out a future wish list of educational amateur
radio related projects for ISS.  During the first ARISS meeting in
November 1996, we heard several antenna proposals for ISS.  The RSA team
which then became the AIRSS-Russian team proceeded with the difficult
task of getting 4 holes drilled in the side of the Zvezda module.  The
other ARISS teams began the process of designing and building the new
antenna systems.  And now thanks to the hard work from everyone, we now
have 12 antenna ports available for experimentation.

The joint MAREX/ARISS Slow Scan TV project, is currently being tested on
both sides of the pond.  During a MAREX telecon with RSA,  the Russian
engineers came up with several suggestions for the proposed Slow Scan TV
project for ISS.  All of the proposed changes are being review by the
MAREX team.  For more information, check out the MAREX web page.

ISS Visible:
The ISS should be Visible in the evening skies, over North America
during the next few weeks.  Check your tracking programs.

If you do not have a tracking program, please check the NASA web pages
for tracking and Visibility data.  There have been several good reports
of very bright reflections from ISS.


Space Tourists and Contests:
Do you remember last years ISS tourist, Denis Tito?  We'll, it seems
there is another Space Tourist training for a mission during the Summer
of 2002.  The Rumors are that he is a South African and he will be flown
to ISS for a short mission via a Soyuze Rocket.  

There are also at least (3) Three Television Contests in the works to
send a winner into Space.  One of the projects called Space Commander
was open to European citizens (no more applications being accepted). 
Space Commander accepted 6000 applications (you had to call in via
Premium Service phone line and spend an hour on the Premium Service line
and pay a FEE to apply,   I don't think that would be legal in the
USA).  The other contests are still in development, if you find any
specific details please pass it on to MAREX, thanks.

73 Miles WF1F MAREX-NA


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