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Re: ARISS Operations

Hello Frank and ISS Fans…

Yes, we are very lucky that Amateur Radio is present on ISS.
As Frank mentioned a lot of $$$'s from NASA and other countries has gone 
towards having HAM Radio onboard the ISS. HAM Radio is also a great way to 
show how many countries can be involved.

It is true that packet radio is very popular on ISS.
Having packet there helps bring HAMS together and to share common interests.
Look how popular the ISS Fan Club is? The MIR Fan Club was also very 
popular, which led to the ISS Club. There are many eager HAMS waiting to 
hear signals from ISS. But, Stan Wrote today to this list….

"I worked Don Pettit this morning, Feb 27, at 1009 UTC.  This was
only the 2nd time I've heard him on the air (last time was Jan 5th)
though I am aware that he has been on at least one or two other
times making random contacts.  No, not as active as previous
crews... but that's the way it goes sometimes.  Good luck!

73 de Stan/W4SV"

So, I guess there is some hope on ISS activity.
I am wondering if any HAM during a QSO has mentioned to turn the PMS ON?
Just a valid question, I hope.. HI

I understand there is an instruction sheet for the ARISS station, so I would 
hope it would be simple to turn the packet operations ON.
If it isn't that easy, then maybe there needs to be a non-attended packet 
station. Something in a sealed self contained box like a satellite where all 
can be done from the ground. MIR packet got close to that. Instructions were 
to just leave it ON, and all commands and SYSOP stuff would be handled from 
the ground.

Just my 2 cents worth…..

73, Scott

>From: "Frank H. Bauer" <ka3hdo@comcast.net>
>To: sarex@AMSAT.Org
>Subject: [sarex] ARISS Operations
>Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 20:56:12 -0500
>I saw yesterday's e-mail traffic on the SAREX reflector and I thought I 
>would clarify some items.
>First, it is good to see that this reflector is still active.  For a while 
>there, I only thought that Dave Larsen, Arthur Rowe and I were the only 
>members of this reflector (hi hi).
>Let's talk about the packet hardware.  I would not characterize the packet 
>system as being "radiation fried."  It is true that the packet system has 
>been down for a very long time.  If you all noticed, we did experience a 
>similar, but not as lengthy packet down-period with another crew 
>expedition.  That expedition, I believe, did not fully understand the APRS 
>uses of the packet hardware and the system kept getting shut off.  It is my 
>belief that this is the same problem we are experiencing with this crew.  
>What defends this theory is that we have made several requests to turn the 
>packet system on through the Mission Control Center (not an easy thing to 
>do for a secondary activity).  Each time, the packet system was reactivated 
>and within an orbit, it was gone again.  If you haven't seen this packet 
>resource, take a look at:  http://www.ariss.net/ and scroll down to the 
>bottom to see the APRS packet ops.
>We are working with the Mission ops folks to get the packet reactivated 
>again and to make sure it stays on.  Stay tuned.
>Those of you that know me pretty good know that I am an Aerospace Engineer 
>that has also served on several failure investigation boards.  If you want 
>my technical opinion of  the anomalies we have seen with the packet system, 
>I really do not think they are radiation or Single Event Effects related.  
>A radiation issue would, most likely, cause the packet module to cease from 
>operating when the susceptible part hits its radiation threshold.  If the 
>packet system never turns on again, then radiation could be the issue.  But 
>as you have probably deduced, I think it is an operations concern.  I do 
>not think that the funnies many have you have seen with the packet 
>messaging are single event effects (SEE/SEU) related either.  If that 
>happened, the system would lock up or a bit flip (or many bit flips) would 
>occur.  These would be random events.  But we see very consistent events 
>(like the disappearing and reappearing of messages).  My conjecture is that 
>this is a software bug, not an SEE/SEU.  Now that I have stated my 
>conjecture, I am sure that many others will provide their own thoughts and 
>ideas.  But these are my opinions based on my Aerospace experience and my 
>experience with this set of hardware.
>Regarding ARISS ops---as some have stated, some crews get excited about 
>amateur radio and others don't.  Just like some people like amateur radio 
>and others don't.  Just like some people like APRS, SSTV, Voice ops, CW, 
>Contests, Field Day, and others don't.  Personally, I am grateful that the 
>international space agencies are allowing us on-board.  We have gotten 
>antenna feedthroughs, space on-board the crowded ISS, up-mass on Shuttles 
>and Progress launch vehicles to fly our hardware and extremely valuable 
>crew time.  These items clearly represent millions of dollars of space 
>agency costs.  The ARISS-developed hardware complement costs pales in 
>comparison to the space agency costs for allowing us on-board.  Every 
>minute our equipment is on the air should be considered a blessing.
>This past month has been a tough one due to the Columbia tragedy.  From an 
>ops perspective, ARISS is just getting back on-line with a couple of school 
>group contacts.  Please bear with us on the packet issue.  We will continue 
>to work this as hard as possible while making sure we don't overstep our 
>bounds with the space agencies and become thorns in their sides.
>It is good to see that Don Petit is enjoying something that is inspiring to 
>him while he is on ISS.  Just like amateur radio inspires all of us.
>Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
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