• [ANS] ANS-282 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

    From Mark Johns, K0JM via ANS@21:1/5 to All on Sun Oct 8 20:02:51 2023
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    In this edition:

    * ARISS SSTV Event Reported in Error

    ANS-282 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

    From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
    712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
    Washington, DC 20002

    DATE: 2023 Oct 09

    ARISS SSTV Event Reported in Error

    The announcement in yesterday's AMSAT News Service bulletins concerning an upcoming Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) event transmitted from the
    International Space Station (ISS) was incorrect.

    This SSTV activity is a verification test with new hardware uploaded to
    ISS. This activity was never meant to be an operational SSTV event as some sources have speculated. ARISS International encouraged informing the ham community of the test and encouraged amateurs to post to the SSTV Gallery
    at https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php, only so that
    the verification test can be fully evaluated.

    Official ARISS participation certificates will not be issued for this
    activity, because it is only a verification test. It should be noted that third-party certificates mentioned in the ANS article are not official
    ARISS awards.

    Further, the Oct 16-20 dates, described in the ANS article for the SSTV
    test are not correct because specific dates for this test have not yet been selected or placed in the ISS crew schedule. The ARISS team is working to
    fit the SSTV event in the crew schedule. Separate U.S. and Russian EVAs to
    be performed in October will necessitate suspension of amateur radio
    activity, as always. Further, ARISS school contacts planned in that time period, as well as the normal science investigations that are part of the
    crew schedule, make it difficult to establish a definite timeline in

    The Service Module radio system will be down until the SSTV verification
    test is completed. That means that the 145.825 MHz packet digipeater from
    the Service Module radio is off for now.

    Amateurs interested in ARISS activity should consult the official status
    page at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

    Those interested in receiving SSTV images from the ISS should monitor the
    ARISS SSTV blog at https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

    ANS regrets the publication of incorrect information in the previous
    bulletin and apologizes for the error.

    [ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]

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