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Sep 30, 2008
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Pictures from orbit.
get your stuff ready ...

Launching soon . . .
Richard Garriott - W5KWQ .

W5KWQ in space suit

Richard is the son of SpaceLab astronaut Owen Garriott.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Owen's historic 'first ham radio operations from outer space'.

Richard Garriott is scheduled to launch Oct.12, 2008.
I'm grabbing bits & pieces of various news bulletins to summarize.
There is a lot more information out there, I can't get it all in here.

ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO brings the latest news on the upcoming
Soyuz 17S mission with Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, and Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, on-board.

SSTV: Richard plans to take a Kenwood VC-H1 SSTV communicator with him on-board the Soyuz for his flight and leave this on-board the ISS for future ARISS use. The VC-H1 provides a very simple interface for ISS crew members and does not require the use of a computer. Computer usage has been a real challenge for ARISS, so the VC-H1 represents a lesson learned to improve ARISS operations.
The standard downlink of 145.800 will be used for voice contacts, school contacts and SSTV transmissions. Anyone with a FM receiver capable of monitoring the 145.800 MHz downlink can receive audio and SSTV images.
ISS will be using Analog SSTV in Robot-36 Mode.
Backup Hardware: At this week's ARISS-International Meeting we received confirmation from Sergey, RV3DR, that the recent Progress flight delivered the flight backup D-700, a David Clark Headset for the Ericsson system, and an additional VOX box and cables to support the computer-operated SSTV system. The D700 may be installed as early as late this week, depending on crew availability. The flight backup will not provide a significant change in ARISS ops. It will make it easier for the crew to change program modes (PMs).

Richard Garriott Operations - Call for Support
Early during Richard Garriott's flight, he expects to setup the VC-H1 and autonomously transmit a new Earth image every 3 minutes. He hopes to have this system on a great deal of his flight. We encourage the ham community to bring SSTV equipment into schools and download these images in real-time. The ARISS team also plans to display images from hams around the world on a special on a web/blog site. A beta site has been developed and will be rolled out to the ham community in the near future.

To successfully implement the on-line SSTV picture site and support it 24/7 during Richard's flight, we will need some savvy individuals that can sort through the many SSTV photos that ARISS will receive and keep the SSTV site up to date in near real time. Some computer skills will be required. We are looking for global support from a few individuals in each international region to make this happen. That way we will not be asking individuals to volunteer all-night to realize this project. If you are interested in helping on this, please e-mail me directly.

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming ARISS activities. And get your stations ready!

73, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs
ARISS International Chairman
E-mail: ka3hdo<at>comcast<dot>net

Thanks also to Miles Mann - WF1F  and the MAREX web site for additional details.
Please visit the MAREXMG site for lots more links and ARISS information !

In this update we also have a special three part series.
These are sortof in a sequence, so be sure to follow each one thru.
These articles had such good information, I felt it important enough to get permission to republish these on SomeNet, to help spread the word. Tell your friends about these.

When All Else FailsHuntsville-Madison County EMA
The local ARES/RACES organizations are consolidating some of the overhead associated with registration and training of the membership. Join us on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month for a good meeting at the HMC EMA EOC (and learn more about this).
Remember, the severe weather season is available year-round.

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Additional discoveries, rants and raves, and experiments :
+ Be sure to check for interesting articles inbetween updates to this page.
+ NBEMS = Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System - check it out (new Yahoo group)
VHF Propagation Map = using APRS beacons to visualize current propagation conditions.
+ APRS.FI = another view of the APRS-IS database, from Finland.
+ CWOP = My weather instruments are still active and logging.
although I'm not yet satisfied with the radiation shield I made for the external thermometer.
The reading is too high in full sun. (check my conditions via FindU).

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