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Field Day Classifications for 'SPACE' vehicles.

Hi Dino,

Time for someone (ARRL/AMSAT cooperative effort?) to take the lead and
classify potential amateur activities for the next likely amateur space
operating environments:

    Manned and unmanned operations on the moon
    Orbiting the moon (set an altitude for 'lunar' Vs 'orbiting Lunar')
    Manned space vehicle(s) NOT in orbit (i.e.; enroute to/from Mars or
Earth's moon)
    Mars (orbiting and on the surface)

It IS about time to create 'regions' for both the Moon and the
non-Earth-orbiting vehicles.  People have operated radio communications
to/from the moon and near space, and amateurs are certainly be capable of
communicating with them.

If you think of the last moon landing, the manned vehicle orbiting around
the moon could currently be classified as a 'lunar terrestrial repeater' as
it was less than 50 miles from the surface.  The 'Eagle' would not be a
'space' station while on the moon, but a true 'terrestrial lunar satellite
station' (moons themselves are classified as 'satellites).

Frank - A01382, ARRL# 1000124411

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dino Darling" <k6rix@arrl.net>
To: <sarex@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 1:54 PM
Subject: [sarex] ISS Field Day Classification and a few questions...

> Class A stations (club or non club with 3 licensed amateurs) set up
> specifically for Field Day.
>          ISS has 3 licensed Amateurs.  Not set up specifically for Field
> Day.  (Paul has this one right.)
> Class B states 2 or less licensed Amateurs.
> Class C states MOBILE and normally run that way including aeronautical
> Class D is not an option.
> Class E states "Home Station, Emergency Power"
>          While I would consider the ISS a home.  I would say the power
> supply is other than emergency, but rather NORMAL POWER.  IMHO.
> I would say class C is most appropriate.  The rules have also changed a
> it looks like.  In the past they read "number of transmitters BELOW 30
> MHz"  This would make the space station "0C" (zero charlie) since its not
> transmitting below 30MHz.  But this year it appears a little different.
> I would say 1C.  But what about the section?  Rule 5 says they would send
> "DX"  So "1C DX" would be my argument.
> BUT, as Paul pointed out, rule number 1 says IARU Region 2 only to submit
> entries.  What if the ISS didn't submit an entry?  Rule 1 also says DX
> stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit.  If you
> contacted someone in Germany, wouldn't your log entry be "1D DX"?  If so,
> then why not "1C DX" for the ISS?
> What region is space?  Should the ARRL have a section for space?!  If
> are people (Americans) living in space (now and in the future), shouldn't
> they be able to participate in Field Day.  When people finally live in
> space, I'm sure they will have hobbies like amateur radio.  In reality,
> this is a true statement today!  We have Amateur radio hobbyists living in
> space!
> IARU Region 4 (less than 250 or less than 500 miles from the earth).
> IARU Region 5 (greater than 250 or 500 miles, etc...)
> ARRL Section for space = SPA
> "Submitted for your approval..."  Rod Serling
> At 10:48 06/26/2002 -0500, you wrote:
> >>>In this case the
> >>>International Space Station Alpha was running on pure solar power and
> >>>had 1 transmitter in the amateur radio bands running, for a category
> >>>"1A".
> >>
> >>'Technically', ISS should probably have been Class 1B - Battery, rather
> >>than 1A, but
> >>it's a bit late to get it correct, now.
> >
> >Hmm .. if the original source of the energy was the solar panels, which
> >ISS is almost certain to be the case, I would think that would count as a
> >1A even if the energy was stored in the station's batteries for a
> >while.  I may very well be wrong on that, but I certainly would be
> >comfortable with calling ISS a 1A station.
> Dino...k6rix@arrl.net
> ----

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