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ARISS SSTV Joins with NASA On The Air for a Special Event

Posted Oct 19, 2018 (Systems Officer)

 

ARISS News Release   No. 18-12 

Dave Jordan, AA4KN aa4kn@amsat.org

ARISS SSTV Joins with NASA On The Air for a Special Event
 

Oct 19, 2018: Amateur Radio OnThe International Space Station (ARISS) is planning a very special Slow Scan TV event currently scheduled to start October 27 about 10 am UTC. Helping to support the event will be NASA’s Space, Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Dept.  The Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program manages NASA’s three most important communications networks. The Space Network (SN), Near Earth Network (NEN), and the Deep Space Network (DSN. 

 

Just as in past ARISS SSTV commemorations, 12 images will be downlinked, but this time with 6 featuring the SCaN educational activities while the other 6 images will commemorate  major NASA anniversaries, ie when NASA was established, astronauts first landing on the moon, etc. In addition to the fun of receiving these images, participants can qualify for a special endorsement for the NASA On The Air (NOTA) celebration event. To learn more about NOTA, visit https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com 

Once received, Images can be posted and viewed at 
spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php. The transmissions are expected to be broadcast at the usual frequency of 145.800 MHz using the PD-120 SSTV mode. Please note that the event is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time.  More information will follow soon, so please continue to check for news and the most current information on the AMSAT.org and ARISS.org websites, the AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, the ARISS facebook at Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status. 

SurfSat Alternate Ground Station Support

Posted 10/3/2018 (Systems Officer)

KARC assisted in attempting to contact "SurfSat"; a recently launched cubesat developed at the University of Central Florida (UCF), with co-investigators from KSC's Launch Services Program (LSP).  The satellite was launched Sept 15, 2018 aboard a Delta II rocket out of Vandenberg into a polar orbit.  The satellite carries an experiment that will gather information about how different surfaces of a spacecraft react to electrons and ions encountered in space.  Unfortunately, no contact with the 2U CubeSat has been successful to-date from the UCF ground station, so we offered to attempt uplinking the proper command sequence while listenening for a downlink response using our new directional circular polarized Yagi satellite antennas.  No joy on our initial try with the satellite pass, but follow-up troubleshooting plans are in-work.

Satellite Antenna Upgrades Complete!

Posted 9/29/2018 (Systems Officer)

KARC successfully upgraded from the existing iso-loop satellite omni-directional antennas setup to a new directional (AZ/EL) circular polarized 70cm & 2m Yagi antennas setup purchased with club funds and generous donations from members.  The new antenna setup provides improved satellite communications reliability with increased signal gain and reduced signal fading. The upgraded satellite antenna system is fully operational and ready for club member use - go work those "Birds"!

Shack Timing System Relocation

Posted 8/25/2018 (Systems Officer)

The shack's timing system has been relocated to a new position in the left ops console (middle-lower rack mount cabinet).  This allowed the removal of the blue half-rack cabinet that was adjacent to the guest ops desk, making more room for the left-most operator position and easier access to the antenna patch panel.  The timing equipment is easily accessible behind the removable close-out door, with the three clock display selector switches located at the top position.  Power is on the same UPS as the logging iMac.

EML Ham Shack 'QSL Wall' Reaches Saturation!

Posted 8/23/2018 (Systems Officer)

Wow - the QSL cards keep coming in, and we now have over 300 cards on display on the shack east wall.  With the club having over 3,600 contacts to-date, it appears that ~8% of our radio contacts enjoy doing old school QSL card exchanges, in which we're all to happy to oblige.  It's a delight to have so many creative and unique cards from around the country & world on display in the shack, and we're now looking into where we can expand our display area (possibly into the adjacent hallway).  Thank you to all who take the time to work the cards & logging as they come in, it's a great outreach activity that we all can be proud of.

New EML Shack DC Power Supplies Installed

Posted 8/15/2018 (Systems Officer)

Two Astron linear 13.8 VDC power supplies have been installed into the EML Shack Ops Console, replacing the old single surplus Sorenson 12 VDC supply.  Each console half (left & right) now has a dedicated DC supply, controlled by the ISO-TRIPP AC power panel located in the middle of each console half.  In addition, we now have real-time monitoring of voltage, current, and power via a Powerwerx Digital Watt Meter (pictured) for both power supplies, also conveniently located on the center of each console half.  Thank you to Michael Seay, Robert Schwader, and Dave Harrison for their installation help.

New Technician License Manuals Now Available

Posted 7/23/2018 (Systems Officer)

Three (3) copies of the ARRL "Ham Radio License Manual - Level 1 (Technician)" are now available in the KARC Shack Library.  The new license manuals are valid July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022 (and replace the previous dated copies).  The new & updated Gordon West "Technician Class" Preperation Manual has also arrived and available for check-out.  The license manuals, in addition to any other club library books, are available for loan from the club shack (simply use the sign-out sheet located next to the library books).

Say Hello To Our Newest Member!

Updated 6/10/2018 (Systems Officer)

The egg is gone, so hopefully the bird hatched and flew the coop.  The nesting material was cleaned up frrom the panel area.  No damage was done to the coax cables by the birds.

Posted 5/26/2018 (Systems Officer)

While doing an outdoor inspection of the coax cable interface panel I noticed a significant amount of sticks piled up in the bottom corner of the window housing.  Upon closer examination it appears that we are now the host of a bird nest with one egg!  If someone knows how to identify bird eggs please let us know what kind of bird will be hatching soon.  Please be very careful as to not disturb the nest & egg, nature will play itself out and we can remove the nest material once the bird has flew the coop!

KARC Tower Hold-Down Post Completed - Hurricane Season Ready

Posted 5/26/2018 (Systems Officer)

Work has been completed on the installation of the hold-down post for the new tiltable tower. This hold-down post provides a 8 ft height cradled resting platform for when working on the tower & antennas in the stowed horizontal position. In addition, this hold-down post provides a secure platform for safing the tower during hurricanes when four securing straps are installed on 4 ft deep earth anchor screws providing additional support (pictured). We would like to thank Jim D., Jim H., Michael S., Scott V., and Kevin Z. for getting this important work complete prior to the start of the 2018 hurricane season.

KARC Beam Team Completed - Tower & HF Yagi Beams Operational!

Posted 5/7/2018 (Systems Officer)

The Beam-Team has completed all installation work required for the new 52 foot self-standing tiltable tower plus two HF Yagi Beam antennas, and is now fully operational.  A full report of the team activities was presented at the May club meeting on 5/10/18 (details can be found in the meeting minutes).  We would like to thanks the several volunteers who donated their time, money, and support for the largest club project to-date.  The new tower & beams provide an incredible new operational capabilty to the station, as was experienced during the recent FL QSO Party.  KARC Tower & Beam Timeline

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