Simplex Net: 146.445 MHz Repeater: 145.250 MHz, minus offset, tone 123.0
Special Events including NASA-TV audio 146.490 MHz
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Last Update: Nov 25, 2013
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Dont use your walkie-talkie while driving on Ames property
AARC meets every third Thursday monthly at AARC Shack, talk-in 146.445 simplex.
TechEdSat3P to be deployed from ISS on November 20
TechEdSat sends a beacon every 30 seconds at 437.465 MHz, packet (AFSK 1200 baud) contains data about the spacecraft systems operation. Please send packet data for the team to http://techedsat.co/packetstrial.html. Link to the TLEs: http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/stations.txt
For more info, see these sites,
PhoneSats Launch Dates: Nov 19 and Feb 11
More Phonesats are scheduled for launch on November 19 and February 11. Thes satellites will transmit packets over the amateur radio band on 437.425 MHz with callsign KJ6KRW. See http://www.phonesat.org/packets.php for more information.
Press Release 13-343, NASA Helps Launch Student-Built Satellites as Part of CubeSat Launch Initiative. For more about NASAs CubeSat Launch Initiative, see http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSat_initiative
Phonesat, http://www.phonesat.org, are small cubesats are designed and built by engineers and interns under Ames Research Centers Small Spacecraft Technology Program using common smartphones for the main electronics platform in the satellites.
For more on previous PhoneSat activities at Ames Research Center, go to Previous News Bulletins (click here)
Amateur Radio Participation in LADEE Lunar Science
LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. Since the Earth and the Moon travel together through space, encountering streams of debris together, observations of meteors in the Earths atmosphere can allow us to make inferences as to what is happening on the lunar surface.
While meteor counts from visual and video observations will provide useful data and a way for the general public to participate in the science of the mission, counts made by radio observers listening for reflection events provide some unique advantages for the mission, as well as, some unique opportunities to experience and participate in a different, unique, mode of radio communications for research; forward scatter meteor detection.
Ames hosted Science Night featuring LADEE on September 6, photos of this event can be seen at Ames AILS site
For more about LADEE see, http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ladee/main/index.html
ISS Slow Scan TV now active
Transmissions are expected Oct 28, 29, and 31. See http://amsat-uk.org/2013/10/28/iss-slow-scan-tv-active/
All you need to do to receive the SSTV pictures from the space station is to connected the audio output of a scanner or amateur rig via a simple interface to the soundcard on a Windows PC or an Apple iOS device, and tune in to 145.800 MHz FM. You can even receive pictures by holding an iPhone next to the radios loudspeaker.
Getting Started with amateur radio satellites
ARISS Packet How To
AARC at Clubs Happy Hour on Nov 13, 2013 at Ames cafeteria
AARC club members had on display and demonstrated software defined radio (SDR) in comparison with conventional HF radio, Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) packet radio transmitting biometrics, model of cubesat lowcost satellite, amateur television (ATV), and various literature of radio communications including how to study and obtain an amateur radio license. APRS biometrics data (partial list)
This Happy Hour event was entertained by the Ames Jazz Band. Band members are engineers and scientists at Ames Research Center who are also excellent musicians that have performed at many events including San Jose Jazz Festival and SETIcon.
AARC displays and items presented:
Amateur TV display
APRS biometrics data
Software Defined Radio,
(SDR) HF display
Ames Jazz Band
145.585 MHz was used before but no longer. It is considered a special use frequency and noted as the meteor scatter frequency.
Full list of countywide frequencies can be found at http://www.scc-ares-races.org/freqs/freqs.html
Tactical channels are considered for ARES and RACES activities, Event is used for special purposes such as club meetings, NASA-TV re-transmissions. Command is AARCs repeater, and two packet frequencies are used with County and city EOC message handling.
AARC Continuing Meetings
AARC meets every third Thursday monthly at AARC Shack, talk-in 146.445 simplex.
The club is continuing a series of technical presentations on amateur radio. This is not only for people who already have a ham license, but for those who might be considering getting into amateur radio. There are many applications of ham radio that are not only interesting and useful, but which are also essential in emergencies on land and at sea. The first presentation was an overview of using high frequency (HF) radio on sailboats for voice and email communications. Future technical presentations may include presentations on bouncing signals off meteor showers (meteor scatter), digital communications, and how to get your amateur license.
Previous AARC News Bulletins
Presentations at Previous AARC Meetings: If a particular topic not here, see Previous AARC News Bulletins
Amateur Radio Participation in LADEE Lunar Science January 19, 2012
FunCube Dongle Pro SDR presentation June 16, 2011
Accelerated Basic Emergency Management Courses May 18, 2006
D-STAR Digital Communications Protocol November 17, 2005
Katrina DARTCOM Deployment October 20, 2005
Digital HF Communication (PSK31), August 18, 2005
Amateur Satellites, July 21, 2005
Amateur Television, June 16, 2005
HF Radio at Sea, May 19, 2005
Amateur Television from AARC
Receiving K6BEN in south San Francisco bay area
K6BEN video repeater is on 427.25 MHz, same frequency as cable channel 58. To receive K6BEN, set your TV set to cable channel 58, connect a UHF antenna (vertically polarized) aimed at Loma Prieta. Recommended antenna is a UHF (70 cm) yagi antenna.
NASA-TV schedule at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/schedule.html
Daily schedule at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/MM_NTV_Schedule.html
Launch schedules at http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html
NASA Breaking News http://www.nasa.gov/rss/breaking_news.rss
NASA News Releases http://www.nasa.gov/news/releases/latest/index.html
NASA News Events http://www.nasa.gov/news/index.html
ELV Countdown Portal from KSC http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/
W6CMU Wireless Innovators Page
Group call sign is W6CMU and website at http://wi.sv.cmu.edu
International Space Station Amateur Radio Communications
ISS has an onboard amateur radio station though ISS crews do not have much free time for ham radio activities. Most radio traffic is APRS. You can contact or listen to ISS crews using amateur radio 2 meter frequencies, and handhelds should have good signal quality.
145.800: Worldwide downlink for voice
144.490: Region 2 and 3 voice uplink (The Americas, and the Pacific)
145.825: Worldwide packet uplink/downlink (1200 baud)
145.800: Worldwide SSTV downlink
145.200: Region 1 voice uplink (Europe, Central Asia and Africa)
437.800: Worldwide uplink for cross band voice repeater, downlink 145.800
Voice repeater (worldwide): downlink 145.800, uplink 1269.650
Voice repeater with PL (worldwide): downlink 437.800, uplink 145.990 with PL 67.0
Occasionally, the amateur radio gear onboard would be configured as a repeater. Click here for more info.
Russian callsigns RSOISS, RZ3DZR
U.S.A. callsign NA1SS
German callsign DP0ISS
Packet station mailbox callsign RS0ISS-11
Packet station keyboard callsign RS0ISS-3
Packet Digipeater ARISS
ISS Reference for Ham Radio, http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/reference/radio/index.html
ISS fan club at http://www.issfanclub.com
ARISS School Application Form for organized radio contact with ISS, http://www.arrl.org/ARISS/ariss-ap.html
APRS via the ISS Tutorial (by Foothills Amateur Radio Society) at http://www.fars.k6ya.org/docs/aprs_via_iss.pdf
Current station location Orbital Tracking page at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/
Orbital Elements for ISS and Shuttle at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/elements/index.html
ARISS webpage: http://www.rac.ca/ariss
AMSAT webpage on ISS, http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/ariss/
SSTV from ISS at http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com
A collection of SSTV images transmitted by ISS crews received by hams around the world at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/SSTV
AMSAT Pass Prediction Calculator includes ISS. Go to the webpage at http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/predict/ and select a satellite and provide your latitude, longitude and elevation.
Sighting opportunities at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html
Heavens-Above website provides ISS, Shuttle, flares from Iridium satellites, and other spaceflight and astronomical information at http://heavens-above.com
Simple Satellite Tracking (enter your ZIP code for sighting opportunities) at http://spaceweather.com/flybys/
Club members also support a wide variety of HF, VHF, and UHF communications modes for educational and recreational purposes as well as provide voluntary public service and emergency communications support to Ames, Santa Clara County, and special events occurring on the Moffett Field complex.
The AARC is coordinated with the Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System (SVECS at http://www.svecs.net), an ARES/RACES association. AARC cooperates with other ARES organizations in the Santa Clara County, http://www.scc-ares-races.org
The club station, NA6MF, is affiliated with the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) http://www.arrl.com.
General Club Meetings:
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Jupiter can be heard on a shortwave around 18-22 MHz. Use a loop antenna over a ground plane reflector. Solar flares can be heard on a VLF reciever at 27 KHz. A good book to get is Radio Astronomy for the Amateur by David Heiserman and the Amatuer Radio Astronomers Handbook by John Jotter Shields.
For more information on the AARC, contact:
Mark Allard, KD6CWM, at (650) 604-6145 or email email@example.com
AARC Webpage Editor: Michael Wright, K6MFW, at (650) 604-6262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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