ISS amateur radio status report
by Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR]
Some short term reconfigurations to the Kenwood radio were attempted today with limited success. The preset channels that are used for many of the day to day operations are still inaccessible. The good news is that a few of the more commonly used configurations were able to be stored in the radio. One of the modes that was able to be partially restored was the packet system but the operations will be on 145.825 simplex. General voice communication as well as configurations to support school contacts were also saved.
A full restore of the radio is still required to return full functionality of the radio system and that process will require access to a computer system and certification of the required software. This request is being worked but will take a significant amount of time to get all parties involved satisfied before the actual restoration can occur.
In the mean time, enjoy the packet operations when the crew is unavailable and keep listening just in case one of the ISS crew decide to give out a "CQ" over your part of the world.
Kenneth - N5VHO