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As I mentioned in my previous e-mail on this subject, yesterday (Friday) we 
had a teleconference between the ARISS teams in the US and Russia and 
NASA.  It is our understanding that sometime on Sunday (tomorrow) Yuri will 
be reconnecting the 2 meter equipment, turning power back on and 
configuring the system for packet operation on the standard packet 
channel.  This will probably be early in the day for those in North America.

As part of the procedure we generated, we had asked for Yuri to report to 
the Mission Control Center in Moscow when the procedures were completed and 
provide confirmation that the packet is operating properly.  We have 
another teleconference scheduled for tomorrow with Sergej Samburov, RV3DR, 
(ARISS-Russia) to determine status after these procedures are completed.

Now comes the interesting part.  A member of our NASA team obtained a copy 
of the Radiogram that was uplinked to the crew and forwarded this radiogram 
to us.  The last line in the radiogram, after Yuri reports the results to 
the MCC (Mission Control Center) is:

"NOTE: system shutdown will be performed on MCC GO"

It is not clear how or why this line was added.  It was not part of the 
procedures we provided.  We will have to learn how this was added over the 
next few days.  What it could mean is that the system may be turned off 
minutes after it is reconfigured.

I would ask all to please keep your packet stations on and report any 
packet activity, if any, on this reflector.  If the system gets shut off, 
we will work with the US and Russian control centers to have it turned back 
on.  There is a school group contact scheduled for August 28 in 
Houston.  We would expect that the crew would follow the procedures 
provided with each school group contact to configure the system for 
continuous packet operations.

As we get more details, we will share them with you.

73,  Frank Bauer, KA3HDO  

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