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SuitSat Pass times Feb 3

Hi all, you only have a week to get ready.
I have addes some aprox pass times for Houston, Boston
and SF
for this saturday.
Suggest you use the ISS as your primary tracking
satellite for now.  Keps for SuitSat will be posted on

ISS Amateur Radio Status: January 25, 2006

International Space Station ARISS SuitSat Launch Date
Feb 3, 2006
Astronaut Bill McArthur talks to all 50 States

By Miles Mann WF1F,

MAREX-MG News   www.marexmg.org
Manned Amateur Radio Experiment

New time for SuitSat launch, Feb 3, 2006 at 22:20 UTC

ARISS to activate a new hand launched educational
satellite project from
the International Space station.  The new educational
experiment is
called SuitSat.  The SuitSat project is onboard the
International space
station and is being prepared for activation very
soon.  The SuitSat
project has a tentative activation date of February 3,
2006.  The
SuitSat activation will take place during the ISS crew
space walk.
SuitSat will be a hand launched by the ISS crew during
the SpaceWalk.  

Since we have just determined that the batteries in
SuitSast may last only a few days, suggest prepare now
to receive the 1st transmissions so as not to miss out
on this Historical event !!!

What is SuitSat:
In short, the crew will toss an Old spacesuit out the
airlock and let fly away as its own satellite.  The
Space Station crew have attached an Amateur Radio
beacon transmitter to the spacesuit.  The SuitSat
project as it is called will broadcast telemetry and
voice messages to earth for as long as the batteries
last.  Anyone with a simple FM receiver or
police scanner should be able to  hear the signals
from SuitSat as it orbits around the earth 15 times a

Astronaut Bill McArthur talks to all 50 States:
Bill McArthur is currently working on board the
International Space Station, orbiting 250 miles above
the Earths surface.  Occasionally Bill has a few
moments to talk to Amateur Radio operators via the
ARISS Amateur Radio station on board the ISS.  Last
weekend Bill announced he was down to has last state
and needed Alaska and on Saturday January 21, Bill
talked to at least 3 stations from Alaska as the Space
Station passed in range of Alaska.

Ed - KL7UW (23:42)
Dale - KL7XJ (23:45)
Kevin - KL0RG (23:49) 
Data courtesy of KL7UW

Bill has also talked to armature radio station in over
60 different countries around the world.  For more
information on how to get your Amateur radio license,
check out the web pages for www.ARRL.org

SuitSat Details:
For more specific details on the SuitSat project,
please review the AMSAT and related links below.

If you  would like to help ARISS track the performance
of suit sat, then you can go to the special suitsat
web page and log your signal reports.

Additional information on SuitSat at the AMSAT web

ARISS SuitSat Details

ARISS video on SuitSat September 2005


Orbit Pass Times for Suit Sat (Boston, Houston and San
I have enclosed some approximate orbit pass times for
the cities listed for 4th.  For more accurate tracking
try locating a software tracking program or just use
the NASA web page and track the International Space

Assuming Suit sat is activated at 22:20 UTC on 
February 3rd 2006, It will be heard first in Europe
and Asia.  North America will be in range the next day
on February 4th.

San Francisco
To convert PST to UTC add 8 hours
 Feb 4
 0226-0234 PST	10:26-10:34 UTC
 0400-0408 PST	1200-1208 UTC
 0537-0545 PST 	1337-01345 UTC
 0714-0720 PST	1514-1520 UTC  
 0849-0857 PST	1649-1657 UTC
 1024-1032 PST	1824-1832 UTC
 1201-1207 PST	2001-2007 UTC

To convert from CST to UTC add 7 hours
Feb 4
0153-0201 CST	08:53-08:01 UTC
0329-0337 CST	10:29-10:37 UTC
0821-0825 CST	1521-1525 CST
0955-1003 CST	1655-1703 CST
1131-1139 CST	1831-1839 CST

Feb 4
02:25-02:33 EST	7:25-7:33  UTC
03:59-04:09	EST	08:59-09:09 UTC
05:35-05:44 EST 	10:35-10:44 UTC
07:10-07:20	EST	12:10-12:20 UTC
08:45-08:55	EST	13:45-13:55 UTC
10:21-10:30 EST	15:21-15:30 UTC

Kep tracking Data
1 25544U 98067A   06025.48155427  .00009929  00000-0 
71711-4 0  2161
2 25544 051.6441 201.3171 0009794 193.1268 262.2975

SuitSat project Duration:
The Reason it is important for people to get ready to
Monitor the SuitSat project is because this is a short
duration experiment.  This is the first version of
this type of project, and it will be running on
Batteries only. The current expected life of the
SuitSat project is approximately 2 to 6 days.  If you
delay in setting up your station you may miss out on
this educational Experiment.

Voice Telemetry:
The SuitSat project will be transmitting on 145.990
MHz FM  and will 
consist of:
Voice Telemetry, giving Mission Time, Suit Temperature
and Battery
Voice Greeting messages in multiple languages
One SSTV image
The whole process will repeat every 9 minutes until
the batteries
It is recommended that you have an audio recorder
handy to record the
telemetry information.  The ARISS team may be
collecting some of the
data from individuals to help monitor the status of
the project.

Schools and Science:
School systems with existing out side VHF antennas or
the ability to set
up a temporary out side receive antenna are welcome to
listen in and
collect telemetry data.  The students will enjoy
listing to the voice
telemetry and tracking the position of the unique
satellite.  They may
even hear one of the ISS crew talking to amateur radio
stations on
145.800 MHz FM.

SuitSat Transmitter:
The SuitSat transmitter is a small hand held radio,
similar to a WalkiTalki.  The Kenwood TH-K2 will
transmit a 500 milli-watts FM signal from SuitSat. The
current frequency for SuitSat is 145.990 FM Downlink
only (There is no uplink for this satellite).  With a
simple out side antenna and a simple VHF receiver or
police scanner, you should be able to hear SuitSat
when the satellite passes over your state. 

ARISS is also planning on using the Kenwood D700
Transceiver on ISS to Rebroadcast the SuitSat signal
on 437.800 MHz FM.  This will allow you to hear
SuitSat while ISS is in range of your station.

If you have already have been successful in working
the Packet station or talked to the ISS crew on
2-meter voice, than you already have most of what you

SSTV (Slow Scan TV ):
SSTV is a way Amateur Radio stations send JPG still
images around the world.  We use an audio format we
call SSTV.  The SuitSat project will transmit
Telemetry, Pre-Recorded Voice messages and one SSTV
image.  The whole process will repeat approximately
every 9 minutes. (Robot 36 format).

What's left is to connect your computer to the speaker
of your radio and some SSTV decoding software, such as
ChromaPix http://www.barberdsp.com/
or similar software. Here are just two of the many
Share-Ware SSTV applications on the
market.  There may be many more.

W95SSTV by Silicon Pixels


There are also many High quality pay software
applications that offer many more features, such as
multiple windows that allow you to simultaneously
receive an image while preparing your next image that
you want to transmit.


What is Slow Scan TV?
On this web page you will find many links to help you
learn more about
Slow Scan TV

Tips on how to use ISS, SSTV, Packet and Voice

Location of Hardware on ISS
This link will show you images of some of the amateur
radio hardware
already installed on ISS 

Marexmg Web page

73 Miles WF1F MAREX-MG

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