09/19/2017 The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations to host Amateur Radio contacts in 2018 with a crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The deadline to submit proposals is November 15. Contacts would be scheduled between July 1 and December 31, 2018. Each year, ARISS provides tens of thousands of students with opportunities to learn about space technologies and space communication via Amateur Radio. The program provides learning opportunities by connecting students to astronauts aboard the ISS through a partnership that includes […]

ARISS Invites Proposals to Host Amateur Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew

Due to the recent failure of the VHF ham radio in the ISS Columbus module, the APRS packet system that operates at 145.825 MHz is not available. To mediate this situation, the crew has activated the ARISS UHF radio that had been in storage on the space station and packet is now operational on the UHF ham band on 437.550 MHz. This radio was installed by licensed ham and crew member Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD. The packet operation is using the same protocol as with the previous VHF radio. Only the frequency band for operation has changed. Ham operators using the […]

ARISS packet switched to UHF operation on board the ISS

The VHF handheld radio model that has been used by the ARISS program to connect students worldwide with astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) for over 16 years has given an error message and is unusable at this time. While the ARISS technical team evaluates the best path to restore operation from the Columbus module, ARISS contacts will be supported using the Kenwood radio in the Russian Service Module. During this period, the packet digipeater will be unavailable. Switching to the 70 cm radio capability on board the Columbus module for some operations is being coordinated. Expect further […]

Current Amateur Radio status on board the International Space Station

An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for astronaut Kate Rubins KG5FYJ with iSPACE, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The event is scheduled Saturday October 8, 2016 at approximately 16:15 UTC. This will be a telebridge radio contact, operated by IK1SLD, located in Casale Monferrato, northern Italy. The downlink signal will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM. Presentation:In 2001, iSPACE, is a 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational resource for schools throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. The iSPACE mission is to make STEM learning exciting and to promote STEM […]

ARISS contact planned for school in Cincinnati, USA

The UK Space Agency’s Astronaut Flight Education Programme Support Manager Susan Buckle (right) will be giving a presentation at the RSGB Convention on Saturday, October 8 Along with Ciaran Morgan M0XTD she will talk about the ten UK ARISS amateur radio school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia mission on the International Space Station. These contacts have inspired thousands of young people and introduced them to amateur radio in a new and exciting way. The full schedule and booking information for the convention are available at hashtag #RSGBconv2016 An RSGB video celebrates these historic school contacts […]

Inspiring the next STEM generation

Professor Cathryn Mitchell M0IBG University of Bath There is an impressive line-up of speakers for the RSGB Convention, taking place in Milton Keynes Oct 7-9, and amateur space communications feature prominently. Presentations during the weekend include:• Sat 10:45 The new world of amateur satellites by Graham Shirville G3VZV• Sat 12:00 Try amateur satellites by Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL• Sat 14:40 Inspiring the next STEM generation 10 amateur radio contacts with Tim Peake GB1SS by Ciaran Morgan M0TXD & Susan Buckle UK Space Agency• Sat 15:45 Making the Tim Peake GB1SS contacts a reality by Graham Shirville G3VZV & Noel Matthews G8GTZ• […]

Amateur Space Communication Talks at RSGB Convention

08/16/2016 Amateur Radio satellite enthusiast and hardware designer Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, has been awarded the Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communications in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions to several Amateur Radio satellites and associated outreach. RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley, G0FUW, made the presentation on July 31 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford, England.  The award’s namesake, Louis Varney, G5RV, was the inventor of the world-famous G5RV antenna and an RSGB member for 74 years. Varney died in 2000. The award cited Weggelaar’s “enthusiasm, technical knowledge, and willingness to work for the good of the […]

PA3WEG Receives Louis Varney Cup

The ten school contacts with Tim Peake on the ISS during his Principia mission have inspired thousands of young people and introduced them to amateur radio in a new and exciting way. A new RSGB video celebrates these historic events and the range of linked activities the schools have enjoyed Beginning with the exhilaration of the launch, it follows the competition for schools to host the ARISS contacts, and showcases the variety of science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) and arts activities that helped pupils to understand more about space and amateur radio. The contacts themselves, often led by newly-licensed pupils, […]

GB1SS: schools speaking to Tim Peake

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at ASTRONUTS Kids Space Club Academy, David Dunlap Observatory, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada on 14 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:37 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to […]

ARISS contact with AstroNuts Kids Space Club Academy, Richmond Hill, Ontario, CA

02/26/2016 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), the first-ever ISS payload activated by the crew, is gearing up for its 1000th educational ham radio contact in March. A jointly produced ARRL-NASA-AMSAT video “Celebrating the 1000th Contact” has been posted on YouTube. ARISS celebrated 15 years of a permanent ham radio presence in space last December. In 2000, several pupils and a teacher got to chat on 2 meters with the first ISS Commander, William “Shep” Shepherd, KD5GSL. Since that first ARISS school contact, astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the station have talked with students in 44 states in the US […]

ARISS Celebrates its 1000th Educational Amateur Radio Contact with Video