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FWD: The ARRL Letter, Vol 18, No 2

From: Pat Kilroy <pat.kilroy@gsfc.nasa.gov>
To: sarex@AMSAT.Org
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 1999 12:07:55 -0500
Subject: [sarex] FWD: The ARRL Letter, Vol 18, No 2
>Subject: The ARRL Letter, Vol 18, No 2
>Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 15:55:31 -0500 
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>The ARRL Letter
>Vol. 18, No. 2
>January 8, 1999
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>* +ISS ham gear inches closer to space
>* +ARRL Field Services, Educational Activities merge
>* +South Africa to launch satellite with ham package
>* +ARRL drops Spring VHF/UHF Sprints
>* +K9JF appointed Northwestern Division Vice Director
>*  Ham balloonist to sit out around-the-world trip
>*  Ham helps nab road-rage suspect
>*  Solar update
>*  IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio; 
>*  Correction; Vanity update; FCC assigns 
>*  RM number to ARRL petition; Thomas departs 
>*  ARRL; JY1 completes cancer treatment; 
>*  New video includes 1935 ARRL HQ tour; 
>*  QST Cover Plaque Award
>+Available on ARRL Audio News
>The first Amateur Radio gear to be used on the International Space Stat
>has moved a bit closer to its rocket ride into space. Although the
>inauguration of Amateur Radio aboard the International Space
>Station--ARISS--is at least a year away, the so-called Phase 1 ham gear
>on a tight proveout and delivery schedule and is due at Kennedy Space C
>in Florida by January 20.
>Delays in the ISS program have put off the first crew deployment until 
>January. The first crew will consist of US astronaut William M. Shepher
>the expedition commander. Shepherd is studying for his ham ticket.
>Accompanying him will be Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei
>Krikalev, U5MIR. All three have previous space flight experience. The c
>has been training for their launch on a Soyuz vehicle and a planned
>five-month mission on the ISS.
>The interim ISS ham gear package will consist of Ericsson 2-meter and 7
>hand-held transceivers set up for FM voice and packet operation, plus p
>supplies, cables, and accessories. Ericsson donated the commercial
>transceivers for the project, while the Italian ARISS team is providing
>external antennas.
>At this point, the equipment and accessories have been checked out in a
>end-to-end integration. Additionally, the transceivers have undergone E
>testing to ensure that they will not cause problems for other ISS onboa
>equipment. The radios also still must be programmed and labeled in
>accordance with NASA procedures and protocols for space flight. AMSAT
>members who happen to work for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center have
>doing the EMI testing.
>Preparing to carry Amateur Radio gear for use aboard the ISS involves
>careful attention to detail all along the way. Crew safety is the prima
>consideration, but cost and crew time--and aggravation--also are import
>"Because of the high cost of space travel, it's critical that hardware 
>thoroughly tested and documented," said Will Marchant, KC6ROL, AMSAT's 
>spaceflight hardware manager. "Flight crews frustrated by buggy hardwar
>also less likely to want to participate in Amateur Radio operations." 
>The qualification process also requires multiple versions of the same
>equipment. In this case, six complete hardware systems will be fabricat
>and configured. The complement includes one flight system, a flight spa
>systems for training both in the US and in Russia, one for development 
>testing, and one spare. 
>ARRL Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, WA1STO, a member of th
>Space Amateur Radio EXperiment (SAREX) Working Group, said she was plea
>that NASA was taking no chances during the qualification testing of the
>gear. "I think it's great that they're taking the time to do a detailed
>examination," she said. 
>Getting Amateur Radio a permanent berth in space aboard the ISS has inv
>efforts in several countries. The primary players include the US, Russi
>the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan. "The ARISS team is t
>an international, democratic, organization and is cooperating to provid
>human spaceflight Amateur Radio operations to the entire ham community 
>into the next decade," said Marchant.
>Amateur Radio has been manifested aboard the ISS as "necessary crew
>equipment." The cost of providing just the interim Phase 1 amateur gear
>use aboard the ISS is expected to exceed $60,000. The total cost of put
>Amateur Radio aboard the ISS is expected to approach $700,000, with fun
>coming from the ARRL and AMSAT as well as from NASA.
>Still unclear at this point are the actual frequencies and the call sig
>the crew will use from the ISS. The ultimate ISS ham radio complement--
>3--will include equipment to operate from HF through the microwave band
>with SSB, CW, FM, packet, ATV, compressed ATV, and SSTV capabilities. T
>German team will supply a digitalker and full duplex repeater. Once abo
>the ISS, Amateur Radio will serve as an educational tool through worldw
>school contacts and as an outreach to the general public.
>The sound of moving furniture, books, and equipment punctuated the holi
>season at League headquarters as two ARRL departments prepared to merge
>one entity. Effective January 4, the Field Services and Educational
>Activities departments consolidated to become Field and Educational Ser
>ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, explained that the ne
>department brings together staff members with similar missions and
>functions--primarily supporting ARRL volunteers who, in turn, support A
>objectives and promote ham radio on a local and regional level. Working
>within a single department, Sumner said, HQ staffers could more easily 
>expertise, ideas, and resources. The move also was designed to reduce
>expenses in the face of a decline in both ARRL membership and overall
>Amateur Radio licensing and activity over the past year or so.
>"The primary reason is efficiency," Field Services Manager Rick Palm, K
>explained in a letter to ARRL section managers. Palm will continue as t
>main contact person for section managers. He will focus on representing
>League to the outside agencies it serves and on promoting and supportin
>field organization. 
>Former Educational Activities Department Manager Rosalie White, WA1STO,
>assumed the title of Educational Services Manager. She will oversee
>day-to-day operation of the combined department and will continue as th
>primary staff contact for Amateur Radio in space issues. "We expect the
>greater efficiency of the combined departments to benefit our members b
>putting related resources in the same place," White said of the move.
>To accommodate the change, employees from the former Educational Activi
>Department moved into quarters adjacent to the former Field Services
>Department, trading places with the ARRL Book Team headed by Joel Klein
>N1BKE. Now that the two departments are in the same location, staff mem
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