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ARISS-International Delegates Meet In Montreal:

from The ARRL Letter on July 11, 2019
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ARISS-International Delegates Meet In Montreal:

Representatives of nine nations were on hand as Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS held its 2019 "face-to-face" meeting of international delegates at the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal, June 26 - 28. ARISS-Canada was the host for the gathering. A high point of the conference came when JVC Kenwood Software Manager Shin Aota, JL1IBD, presented two Kenwood TM-D710GA transceivers to ARISS-Russia delegate Sergey Samburov, RV3DR. One of the TM-D710GA radios will replace aging Amateur Radio equipment currently in use on the International Space Station, while the other will remain on Earth as a spare for training cosmonauts. For more than a year, these radios have undergone rigorous NASA qualification testing followed by final software configuration and verification.

"With today's transfer of the radios to ARISS-Russia, we are one step closer to an enhanced Amateur Radio system on board the ISS, supporting various operations such as SSTV, voice communication, APRS, and a variety of experiments," ARISS-International said in announcing the presentation. The ARISS Hardware Team met on June 25.

Other topics included ARISS' future participation in NASA's Deep Space Gateway (DSG program. ARISS is the only noncommercial entity whose ideas are under study by the program. The ARISS plan focuses on Amateur Radio communication, including optical communication channels, as well as equipment development, team cooperation, education, and public outreach.

Those attending the conference included Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President and ARISS-Canada Delegate for RAC Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA; AMSAT-NA President Joe Spier, K6WAO, and AMSAT-Italia President Emanuele D'Andria, I0ELE. ARRL Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, attended in his role as chair of the ARRL Board's new ARISS Committee. Rosalie White, K1STO, represented ARRL as an ARISS-US delegate and handled the duties of ARISS-International Secretary. The other ARISS-US delegate was Dave Taylor, W8AAS. Read more -- Thanks to Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS Public Relations, and Rosalie White, K1STO


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