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Set your Tracking program clocks

ISS Amateur Radio Status: October 26, 2003

Time Change, set your tracking programs
SSTV Repeater SpaceCam1

By Miles Mann WF1F,

MAREX-MG News	www.marexmg.org

Manned Amateur Radio Experiment

Time Change, set your tracking programs
Spring forward, Fall back.
Its time to set your clocks back (in most states).
If you are using a tracking program to follow satellites, its time to
double check your clocks to make sure you have the correct time.
Example, In InstaTrack the Z key toggles between UTC time and local
time.  Check your program to make sure it knows the correct time,
otherwise you will miss your satellite schedules.

SSTV Repeater SpaceCam1:

Hi everyone, there is a SSTV Repeater on the 10 meter band, 28.710 USB. 
This SSTV repeater is testing the new SSTV software that MAREXMG/ARISS
are planning on using on the International Space Station  next year ( if
all goes as planned).  If your SSTV program supports the Repeater mode,
then you should try to access the SpaceCam1 repeater located near Boston
Mass.  We are trying to load test the software as much as possible to
simulate the loads the Space Station software may encounter.  Good luck
and have fun.


SpaceCam1 repeater access instructions

Listen first, to make sure the frequency is clear.
Identify on SSB.
Transmit a 1750-hz tone, for approximately 2 seconds. (see your SSTV
program documentation)
Switch to receive mode immediately.
 If SpaceCam1 hears your transmitted tone with at least a 10db
signal-to-noise ratio, it will respond with a 'K' in Morse.
Send your picture immediately.SpaceCam1 repeaters will always respond to
signals transmitted in Robot 36 mode. Other modes may
or may not be enabled by the operator.
If SpaceCam1 successfully receives your picture, it will re-transmit it
in the mode you sent it.


SpaceCam1 version 1.1 will transmit a DTMF (touch-tone) tone before
identifying, then re-transmitting the picture. Currently, SpaceCam1
repeaters are being operated in low-security mode. Testing schedules for
secure operations will be posted here
in advance, to avoid confusion. The option SSID is not required at this
If you don't get a response from the repeater when you send a tone,
please do not transmit a picture. You may cause interference to another
station the repeater can hear, but you can't.

SpaceCam Slow Scan TV Status:
The ARISS team has put together a 6-man team of engineers to go to
Moscow in November 2003 (the ARISS team is made up of engineers from
NASA, AMSAT and MAREXMG). The team will be performing a full end to end
systems test of all of the new ISS-Ham Phase-2 hardware.  The new
hardware includes a Kenwood D700, power supplies cables and the SpaceCam

73 Miles WF1F MAREX-MG

Until we meet again

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