• [AMSAT-UK] ISS repeater remaining on until after Field Day

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    ISS repeater remaining on until after Field Day

    Posted: 07 Jun 2021 02:27 PM PDT https://amsat-uk.org/2021/06/07/iss-repeater-remaining-on-until-after-field-day/

    The International Space Station crossband FM repeater should remain active until after the Field Day weekend of June 26-27.

    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has decided to
    keep its ARISS InterOperable Radio System (IORS) in crossband repeater mode until after ARRL Field Day ends. The IORS ham station is located in the Columbus Module of the International Space Station.

    ARRL HQ Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, has confirmed that successful radio contacts made through the ARISS IORS, in crossband
    repeater mode, will count for an ARRL Field Day QSO point, but also for
    Field Day bonus points! Another fun opportunity for points. Don’t forget
    the rule limiting stations to 1 QSO per any single channel FM satellite.

    On-orbit astronauts always have very busy schedules, but if a voice contact were to be made with them, it would count for QSO credit but not for
    satellite bonus points. Only an ARISS crossband repeater QSO qualifies for
    the bonus. Crossband repeater contacts are also valid for AMSAT Field Day
    for satellite operations, held concurrently with the ARRL event.

    Frequencies for ARISS crossband repeater operation are as follows: 145.990
    MHz up, 67 Hz tone and 437.800 MHz down. If you haven’t used the ISS
    repeater yet, be sure to practice with it before Field Day (June 26-27,
    2021). These contacts can be tricky, but hams can practice right now…can
    you do it?

    ARISS had planned a mode switch to APRS packet during the second week of
    June. Now, ARISS is targeting the switch by the astronauts to packet after
    the first ARISS school contact following ARRL Field Day. In more news for
    ARISS supporters: the astronauts will power down the ARISS radio station
    during USA spacewalks on June 16 and June 20, 2021.

    ARISS – Celebrating 20 Years of Amateur Radio Continuous Operations on the ISS


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