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Richard Garriott Update Oct 9, 2008


The ARISS team has a lot of exciting activities planned for the next few
weeks, including the flight of Soyuz 17S to space station with Richard
Garriott, W5KWQ and Mike Fincke, KE5AIT on-board.  The following represents
some new information and capabilities that we are rolling out to the
community to prepare for Richard's and Mike's flight.  Please go to
www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, www.arrl.org and www.issfanclub.com for
real-time information updates.

73,  Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs
ARISS International Chairman  

The ARISS SSTV team announces the new ARISS SSTV Web Gallery and Blog.

A website has been established to enable amateur radio operators to share
their pictures received from the International Space Station's SSTV system.
People wishing to view photos captured from the ISS or upload their own
captured pictures can go to http://www.amsat.com/ARISS_SSTV/.  There is also
a blog in which the ARISS SSTV Team will post announcements and additional
information about the project.  The blog can be viewed at

To prepare for the upcoming SSTV operations, you are welcome to "try out"
the new Web Gallery by posting past SSTV images (on-orbit and terrestrial).
These will be deleted prior to the ARISS SSTV events that are planned for
this weekend and during ISS Expedition 17 and Richard Garriott's flight (see

ISS SSTV Operations Planned for October 12

The ARISS team received word from ARISS Russia delegate Sergey Samburov,
RV3DR, that the current ISS crew expect to transmit SSTV on October 12 from
18:00-21:00 UTC.  This is your opportunity to test out your SSTV reception
capability and to post images on the ARISS SSTV Gallery.  The planned
downlink for this operation will be 145.80 MHz with Robot 36 as the expected
SSTV mode of operation.

AO-51 Special SSTV Mode

Thanks to Drew, KO4MA, AMSAT-NA VP for Operations, this weekend AO-51 will
operate in a special mode in anticipation of Richard Garriott's visit to the
ISS. Richard's launch is currently scheduled for October 12th, with docking
at the ISS on the 14th. Richard plans on being very active from the ISS ham
station, including extensive operation with Slow Scan Television (SSTV).

In preparation for this event, AO-51 will be configured with dual repeaters
for the weekend of October 11th and 12th. The primary repeater on AO-51 will
be configured with an uplink on 1268.700 FM and downlink of 435.300 FM, and
will be designated for this period as an SSTV repeater. Users are encouraged
to exchange SSTV images in ROBOT 36 mode, as an opportunity for others to
practice receiving SSTV images from space before the ISS activity. Please
keep the images transmitted to space-related themes, and to the ROBOT 36
mode. Polite and courteous operation among those sharing the uplink is
crucial to the success of this mode.

Concurrently, there will be a QRP voice repeater running on 145.880 FM
uplink and 435.150 FM downlink. Users are asked to use 10 watts or less, and
omnidirectional or handheld antennas only.

Good luck receiving SSTV images this weekend, and from the ISS during
Richard Garriott's flight.

Richard Garriott Operations

As stated previously, Richard plans to perform several school contacts and
downlink SSTV images during his flight.  He also plans to contact the
general ham community in his free time and perform random scout contacts
during Jamboree on the Air.  SSTV downlinks are planned on 145.80.  SSTV
uplinks are not currently planned.  The standard general contact frequencies
will be used to support the Jamboree on the Air and general QSO passes.  

So that you are not calling CQ for naught, Richard's school contacts, thanks
to Will Marchant, KC6ROL, Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, and Sergey Samburov, RV3DR,
are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Challenger Learning Center Combined Contact #1, 
telebridge via W6SRJ; on Thu  2008-10-16 16:39 UTC 
Howard B. Owens Science Center's Challenger Center (Lanham, MD)
Challenger Learning Center of Columbia (Columbia,  SC)
Verizon Challenger Learning Center at MOSI (Tampa, FL)
Brownsburg  Challenger Learning Center (Brownsburg, IN) 

Budbrooke Primary School, Warwick, England,  direct via GB4OBS Fri
2008-10-17 11:05 UTC 

Challenger Learning Center Combined Contact #2, 
telebridge via  W6SRJ; on Fri 2008-10-17  15:30 UTC 
Indianapolis Challenger Learning Center (Indianapolis,  IN)
Challenger Learning Center at Paducah (Paducah, KY) 
Challenger  Learning Center St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) 

Austin Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy, Austin, TX, direct via K5LBJ Sun
2008-10-19 13:14 UTC

Pinehurst School, Ashland, Oregon, telebridge via  W6SRJ Mon 2008-10-20
15:13 UTC 

National  Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, direct via 9M2RPN Tues
2008-10-21 08:30 UTC
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