ISS Amateur Radio Status: September 5, 2008 By Miles Mann WF1F,
ISS gets a new TM-700 transceiver and VC-H1
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There are tentative plans to fly the backup spare Kenwood TM-700 from Russia to the International Space Station on this months September 9th Progress-30 cargo rocket. The current Kenwood D700 on ISS has been in space since August 2003 and in Powered-On service since December 2003.
In anticipation of Garriott’s upcoming mission in October 2008, the Russian team decided to fly the spare D700 along with a complete set of cables and computer interface VOX box into space. In addition to the D700, there are also plans to fly the Kenwood VC-H1 SSTV image communicator.
Disclaimer: As with all payloads going into ISS, the priority of a project determines its status. If another project comes along with a higher priority, it is possible that the Amateur radio hardware can be removed from the flight manifest at any time before launch. We will not know for sure until a few weeks after launch if the Amateur Radio hardware was actually shipped to ISS on Progress-30.
Kenwood VC-H1 communicator http://www.kenwood.com/i/products/info/amateur/vch1.html
Pictures of the Existing Kenwood TM-D700 on ISS http://www.marexmg.org/hardware/kenwood.html
Pictures of the Amateur Radio station on the International Space Station. http://www.marexmg.org/fileshtml/radiohardware.html
Slow Scan TV: The Marex Slow Scan TV project, SpaceCam1 was activated for a few weeks in August 2006. We hope to see some new images in October 2008
Marexmg Web page http://www.marexmg.org
73 Miles WF1F MAREX-MG
Until we meet again
DOSVIDANIYA Miles WF1F