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from The ARRL Letter on April 11, 2019
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In Brief...

ARISS-Russia is planning to transmit more slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the International Space Station. Transmissions will begin on April 11 at approximately 1800 UTC and run continuously until approximately 1800 UTC on April 14, 2019. The transmissions will be on 145.800 MHz using PD-120 SSTV mode. All are invited to post received images http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php. On request, ARISS SSTV Award Manager Slawek Szymanowski, SQ3OOK, will provide an ARISS SSTV Award https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ to anyone posting an image. SSTV events are dependent on other activities, schedules, and crew responsibilities on the ISS and subject to change at any time. The most current information is on the AMSAT-NA http://www.amsat.org/ and ARISS http://www.ariss.org/ websites, the AMSAT BB AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, the ARISS Facebook page, and the ARISS Twitter feed, @ARISS_status. -- Thanks to Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

The European FT8 Club is sponsoring an FT8 DX Contest https://europeanft8club.wordpress.com/. The event starts at 1200 UTC on April 13 and runs through 1200 UTC on April 14. Everyone works everyone in this contest, and the maximum power is 100 W. The exchange is the same as the ARRL RTTY Roundup, with state/province for US/Canada stations, and serial number for DX participants.

AMSAT-India has successfully launched an APRS satellite. The Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) payload on AMSAT-India http://www.amsatindia.org/'s AISAT-1 satellite is operational on 145.825 MHz following a successful April 1 launch on the PSLV-C45 mission. The payload was powered up on schedule over Europe, and AMSAT-India announced that DK3WN was able to digipeat http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=94180 through the satellite. AMSAT-India requests that radio amateurs use the payload and SatGates to feed the traffic. The fourth stage of the PSLV rocket (PS4) will become an orbital platform https://www.isro.gov.in/launcher/pslv-c45-emisat-mission in a 485-kilometer orbit hosting an APRS digipeater, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) from India's space agency, ISRO, and an ionospheric analyzer from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST). -- Thanks to AMSAT News Service

Bidding in the Out of This World ARISS Auction wraps up on April 14 at 2200 UTC. A new JVC Kenwood TS-890S http://www.ebay.com/itm/323770952171 is attracting many bidders. Bids are also coming in for a six-volume boxed set of the 2019 edition of The ARRL Handbook http://www.ebay.com/itm/323770952890. Both prizes, donated by JVC Kenwood and ARRL, are signed by an astronaut. Proceeds from the online auction will benefit the ARISS initiative to launch a new, custom-built, higher-power radio system in late 2019 with its voice repeater and improved packet, APRS, and SSTV capability that thousands of hams can enjoy. ARISS also seeks to maintain the momentum of introducing ham radio to thousands of students, teachers, parents, and whole communities through Amateur Radio contacts with members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew, inspiring students to get involved with STEM and radio. -- Thanks to ARISS

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