The planned Hearing by the California Coastal Commission at Chula
Vista on February 8, 2006 will impact those Amateurs living within
the boundaries of the Coastal Commission if the Commission votes in
favor of the Amendment.
>From Ed Cifelli <kc7mwp(a)yahoo.com>
Tue, Jan 17, 2006 11:50 AM
In case someone is interested
Hi all, Not sure if you are interested in listening to the
International Space Station.
Enjoy 73 De Don KA9QJG
The Space Station has been very active on weekends taking to Amateur
Radio operators on 145.800 FM voice and data and 437.550 FM.
In about 2 weeks they will be launching a Space Suit stuffed full of
Amateur Radio equipment. It will be transmitting on 145.990 MHz FM
5k deviation. Voice Telemetry and A slow Scan TV image (a JPG).
Here are some tips on the upcoming projects.
ISS Amateur Radio Status: January 16, 2006
International Space Station ARISS SuitSat project status
By Miles Mann WF1F,
MAREX-MG News www.marexmg.org
Manned Amateur Radio Experiment
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 2, 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
ALL NOTE !!
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 day.
For more specific details on the SuitSat project, please review the
AMSAT and related links below.
Additional information on SuitSat at the AMSAT web pages.
ARISS SuitSat Details
ARISS video on SuitSat September 2005
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.
The SuitSat project will be transmitting on 145.990 MHz FM and will
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.
The SuitSat transmitter is a small hand held radio, similar to a
WalkiTalki. The Kenwood TH-K2 will transmit a 1 watt 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 need.
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
What's left is to connect your computer to the speaker of your radio
and some SSTV decoding software, such as ChromaPix
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
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Folks, being a club member (W6AMS), but not knowing if this is the
appropriate place for this posting I will post it here and if I should
not have done so I assume that someone will let me know.
I have a US Tower Model TX-455 crank up tower for sale (55' high when
It is virtually new and I modified it to have cross braces at both the
bottom and mid-levels, see photo.
It comes with a brand new base assembly, all manuals, and the tower. I
put it up about six months ago, but never got it into service. My
neighbors were upset about it and they have purchased a new motor driven
version of the same tower for me. This tower is sitting on the ground,
ready for transport.
The list price for this tower is: just about $2K, Texas Tower is selling
it, today for $1899. plus shipping. I am asking $1000. obo, you come get
If you are interested please all me at 805-898-2460, the tower is
located near Cliff and Las Positas in Santa Barbara
Tower in the lowered position showing side arms:
Andy Seybold, W6AMS
I was recently at a meeting of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and was told
they're looking for volunteer course marshalls for the inaugural "Tour of
California" sponsored by Amgen in late February. There will be professional
bicycle racing teams on this tour.
I don't have Hubert's email address so I'm sending it to the list to see if
SBARC is able to help.
Here is the website for the tour:
Last weekend's rain and wind forced a postponement of the antenna party.
If anybody who couldn't make it last weekend because of the holiday
would like to help me for a half hour or so (I hope that's all) to get
antennas up on the tilt over mast I would sure be appreciative! We can
do it either Saturday or Sunday around 1 PM, wx permitting. Please
email or call (967-4867).
MNI TNX & 73 de Paul, W1PR
Inspiring New Year picture from Diablo Peak, Santa Cruz Island, after
the stormy weather this weekend.
Picture shows the 5.8 GHz grid antenna installed by Thorsten von
Eicken, N6TVE, on our Dec 17 visit to Diablo.
To view 10 minute updates of 9 camera positions from Diablo Peak go to:
Camera globe has cracks, hopefully it will be replaced this month.