- Congratulations - RAE 9/20 & Awards
- VE3WAD Jean Moffatt & ISS
- Amateur Radio in Space & International Space Station
- ARISS (Amateur Radio on ISS) & New Generation
- Emily Calandrelli, KD8PKR — author, Science Explorer, TV host aka The Space Gal
- Story Time From Space,
- Silent Key; Contacts & Calendar
Congratulations to Veronica Kotze, ZR6TVK who passed her RAE in October 2019 and has been awarded:
The AKYAB Trophy, Fred Mills Trophy and the SAWRC Trophy
(HF Happenings 915 , 7 Sept 2020)
The Fred Mills trophy goes to the highest scorer who's never won an SARL HF Contest trophy.
AKYAB Trophy to the SARL member who, in his or her 1st year of licensed activity, achieves the highest score during the annual HF Phone Contest.
The SAWRC Trophy (South African Women’s Radio Club) to the YL SARL member who achieves the highest aggregate score in the three annual South Africa Radio League HF Contests.
This month's letter is all about space – inspired by watching a book being read by astronaut Anne McClain (you will find the link further down) and by a 96 year old Canadian yl. It's inspiring to realize the influence Amateur Radio has and how possible it is to reach out to the International Space Station.– whether you are a Granny or a school-kid.
Have you talked to the ISS? Please share your 'story'. - Editor: Heather ZS5YH
TORONTO -- For decades, Jean Moffatt has been reaching out over the airwaves.
An amateur—or ham—radio operator, Jean Moffatt has connected with people around the globe.
“You can always talk to other people, in other parts of the world,” Moffatt said, speaking to CTV News Toronto.
“You can send your signals to satellites. I’ve talked to people from the Arctic to the Antarctic.” And on Wednesday at the Ontario Science Centre, the 96-year-old got to go even further – into space.
A ham radio connection, relayed through northern Italy, allowed the senior and a group of students to speak with Commander Luca Parmitano (KF5KDP) aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
In her first question, Moffatt told the astronaut she was very excited, admitting that this was the “manifestation” of a bucket-list wish she had for many years.
Luca Parmitano told the Toronto senior he was really honoured to speak with her, before answering her questions.
Moffatt wanted to know if the Italian astronaut’s views on extra-terrestrials had changed since entering space, and asked about his thoughts on cleaning up the environment, adding that as a “mature woman” she had done lots of cleaning in her life.
Moffatt grew up in North Bay and moved to Toronto as a young girl with her family hoping that there would be opportunities for a girl interested in science and technology. “When we moved to Toronto I desperately wanted to go to university, but my mom and dad had bought a house, and there was just enough money for my brother to go to university.” Undeterred, Moffatt said she took a course in amateur radio and shortly after, got her licence.
More than 30 years ago, after retiring, and the death of her husband, Moffatt started volunteering at the Ontario Science Centre. Armed with her radio licence, she helped set up the centre’s first radio shack with the call sign VE3OSC. The idea to connect the nonagenarian with the ISS came just after Moffatt’s 96th birthday.
“She mentioned to me that one of the things she’s always wanted to do was talk to an astronaut” Christine Pigeon, the volunteer co-ordinator at the Science Centre told CTV News Toronto. It all started with an e-mail, and three months later with the help of ham radio operators and NASA, Jean Moffatt made her connection. While the connection wasn’t crystal clear, Jean was moved to tears, telling family and those who had gathered to watch that it was the “highlight” of her life.
Jean Moffatt plans to keep volunteering at the centre, introducing younger people to an older form of technology, and to keep speaking to anyone who can pick up her signal.
“It’s kind of a last resort in our crazy world.. and I love amateur radio,” Moffatt
TORONTO | News Scott Lightfoot January 23, 2020
The first Amateur Radio satellite called OSCAR I (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) was successfully launched into a low Earth orbit (LEO) on December 12, 1961, four years after Sputnik I. (1957). OSCAR I was an overwhelming success. More than 570 amateurs in 28 countries forwarded observations to the Project OSCAR data centre.
OSCAR III would later become the first Amateur Radio satellite to carry a transponder. This would allow amateurs with relatively modest Earth stations to communicate over much longer distances and remains the single most important reason members of the Radio Amateur community continue to support the construction, launch and use of these satellites. A “repeater in space” that virtually anyone with an entry level Amateur Radio license can use is a powerful motivator for Hams.
Since the first OSCAR was launched, international volunteers, often working in their basements and garages, have pioneered a wide variety of new communications technologies that are now taken for granted in the world’s satellite marketplace. AMSAT (The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) was formed in 1969. Cooperation with international space agencies have provided launch opportunities at reduced costs in return for AMSAT’s technical assistance. AMSAT is a world-wide group of Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) who share an active interest in building, launching and then communicating with each other through non-commercial Amateur Radio satellites.
In 1983 on the STS-9 Space Shuttle Columbia mission, Owen Garriott, W5LFL (now SK) realized a vision to take amateur radio with him, as part of his journey in space. Owen’s Ham contacts represented the first ham radio contact from a human in space to someone on Earth; hams the world over for the first time heard a fellow ham call CQ from space. The general public were able to listen directly to and communicate with an on-orbit crew where previously only NASA could talk to the astronauts.
The first ISS (International Space Station) component was launched in 1998, On 2 November 2000 the first long-term residents arrived. 2000 marked the beginning of amateur radio as a part of the International Space Station. Several check-out passes were conducted during November 2000 and the first school contact was made December 21, 2000.
ARISS (Amateur Radio on International Space Station)
ARISS-International consists of five regions (Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the U.S.) which parallel the five ISS space agencies. Amateur radio operators all over the world are able to speak directly to astronauts/cosmonauts via their hand-held, mobile, or home radio stations. Low power radios and small antennas can be used to establish communications. It is also possible to send digital data to the space station via laptop computers hooked up to the same radio and antenna, similar to an email communication, except that it uses radio frequencies instead of telephone or cable connections.
Most ARISS operations are split-frequency (each station uses separate receive and transmit frequencies). The downlink is the earth station's receiving frequency. The uplink is the earth station's transmitting frequency. Earth stations can listen to the down-link frequency and transmit on the uplink frequency when the ISS is in range and crew members are on the air.
The space station occupants work a standard work day and have breaks in the evening and during meals. While on break, some of them will spend some time communicating with "earthlings" via amateur radio.
ARISS – Next Generation
September 2, 2020—The ARISS team is pleased to announce that set up and installation of the first element of our next generation radio system was completed and amateur radio operations with it are now underway. This first element, dubbed the InterOperable Radio System (IORS), was installed in the International Space Station Columbus module. The IORS replaces the Ericsson radio system and packet module that were originally certified for spaceflight on July 26, 2000.
For additional information on ham radio on the ISS, follow this link: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/reference/radio/.
She received her Masters from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as Technology and Policy.
While she was attending MIT, the school hosted a 1-day ham radio class and licensing event. Calandrelli suggested she and her boyfriend take the class and exam together for their third date, and they both passed. So in January 2011, she became a licensed amateur radio operator under the callsign KD8PKR.
Calandrelli had starred in YouTube videos while attending WVU, promoting the engineering program. Studying science policy had prepared her to explain science to a non-scientist audience and she was contacted by Steve Rotfeld Productions, looking for a host for their new TV show about space. She signed on as host and coproducer of Xploration Outer Space in 2014.
Calandrelli’s decision to incorporate ham radio in her book 'Take Me to Your Leader' was influenced by two things: getting her own ham radio license, and a memorable experience contacting the International Space Station (ISS) through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Through her work as host and co-producer on Fox’s Xploration Outer Space, Calandrelli was part of an ARISS event with participants of the United Space School in Seabrook, Texas, (USA) in July 2016. She and the students had the opportunity to ask an astronaut on the ISS questions in real time, using an Amateur Radio connection.
Update: July 14, 2020 |The Radio Club of America (RCA) announced its 2020 award recipients The Vivian Carr Award goes to Emily Calandrelli, KD8PKR, in recognition of an outstanding woman’s achievements in the wireless industry.
Story Time From Space
In a collaborative initiative between the ISS National Lab Space Station Explorers, Story Time From Space, and ARISS, the recent book 'Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader' by Emily Calandrelli, KD8PKR, was read by Astronaut Anne McClain for Story Time From Space. Anne McClain read the book in three segments. The second segment features a tour of the ARISS radio station that includes details about ham radio and ARISS. Frank Bauer pointed out that at the end of the final segment, a video was included of Astronaut Sunita Williams, KD5PLB talking about the impact of ham radio on both the ISS astronauts and the students participating in ARISS activities. Many schools and media outlets have recommended that parents have housebound youth listen to McClain read the book.
Emily Calandrilli 'Take me to your Leader' Ada Lace, read by Anne McClain astronaut
CO3LM Luz Marina Ramos Rodríguez S/k 27/09/2020
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Calendar October 2020
Oct 3-4 DX/NA-YL Contests (combines the DX YL, North American YL & YL Anniversary Party) SSB/CW/Digital 1400 UTC Oct 3 - 0200 UTC Oct 4, 2020
Oct 3 YL Net 1st Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.
Oct 3 4 Oceania DX Contest Phone: 06:00 UTC Sat 3 - 06:00 UTC Sunday 4
Oct 9- 11 USS Batfish YL Event, YLRL, District 5
Oct 10 RSGB two streams online Saturday
Oct 10-11 SAC - 62nd Scandinavian Activity Contest (SSB), 12 UTC Sat - 11:59 UTC Sun.
Oct 10-11 Oceania DX Contest CW: 06:00 UTC Saturday 10 - 06:00 UTC Sunday 11
Oct 10-18 Get your Park On celebrate Earth Science Week
Oct 13 Ada Lovelace Day 2020 event on-line
Oct 17 -18 Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) https://www.jotajoti.info/
Oct 17 -18 Worked All Germany Contest 1500Z, Oct 17 - 1459Z, Oct 18, 2020
Oct 21 Dia del Radioaficionado – Argentina. GRUPO YL
Oct 24- 25 CQ WW DX SSB contest
Oct 25 PEARS HF contest
Oct 31- Nov 1 Halloween – Witches-on-the-Air (Sat – Sun) Radio Ladies-Portugal) 2020 - 5th year
Nov 01 Silent Key Memorial Contest http://www.skmc.hu/en/rules.html
Hungarian Amateur Radio Society (MRASZ) sponsors on 1st November every year from 0600 to 0859 UTC on 80m & 40m. Exchange report + call sign of a silent key.
Nov 7 YL Net 1st Saturday of month, 2000 (UK) on GB3DA Danbury 2m repeater.
Nov 7-8 DOYL - Day Of the YLs memorial- F5isy Carine SK ((Nov 3, 2019)
Time : 2020-11-07 00h00 UTC to 2020-11-08 23:59h00 UTC Bands: 80m; 40m; 20m; 15m,10m; Modes : CW, SSB, FT8.. VHF. 2m: RTTY
Nov 9 HEDY LAMARR DAY Inventor of "frequency-hopping”