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September Meeting

WHEN: Monday, September 10, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: North Augusta Public Service Station #2
Five Notch Road
North Augusta, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-) (PL tone: 156.7)

Program: For the September meeting program the power pole distribution board kit build is scheduled. 15 members signed up and paid for their kits. Sorry, I have no extra kits to sell, but you could order one from their website link below.

As before, please bring hand tools, power pole crimpers, soldering irons & solder, pads to protect the tables, magnifiers, and whatever else you think you might need. I will have a 12vdc test jig setup to test your completed kit.

Dave (WB5NHL), and Kent (KQ4KK), have built their kits already and kindly volunteered to help those in need. The kits come with all parts & instructions. Here is the link to the instructions:


Upcoming Events

September 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM - VE Testing Session at Aiken SDA Church at 1714 Columbia Hwy N in Aiken SC.

September 16, 2018 - 7:00 AM - Aiken to Ride. To volunteer contact Dave, WB5NHL at dave@kjellquist.com.

September 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM - Aiken County ARES at Aiken Regional Medical Center in the Cafeteria.

October 6, 2018 - 10 AM to 3 PM - Science Education Enrichment Day at USC Aiken. If you have not signed up to help, please see Kent, KQ4KK (kq4kk@arrl.net) to do so. You get a great shirt and boxed lunch for participating. Over 4,000 kids and parents come by and learn a little about Amateur Radio. This is a great chance to spread the word about our hobby and to demonstrate our craft.

An Amazing Recovery: ARISS Packet System Revives

Similar to the AO-7 satellite resurrection several years ago, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet radio system on the International Space Station (ISS) has begun working again. NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said over the weekend that reports he'd received indicated that the NA1SS packet signal returned in mid-August.

"No idea how long it will last, given the degrading state of the current hardware. The longer it lasts, the better," he said. Ransom said the revived system will fill the gap until a replacement packet module is flown to the ISS later this year and is installed by the crew on a time-available basis.

The packet signal on 145.825 MHz has been copied in Europe, South America, India, and elsewhere. In another August 25 post, Mark Pisani, KK6OTJ, reported copying the packet system during an 18° pass over southern California and said he worked KB6LTY through the system. "Heard over Patagonia Argentina!" Francisco Rodriguez, LU2WBA, enthused in a post on August 24 at 2323 UTC. "Welcome back!" An August 17 post from Marco Antonio, PU2MUS, in Brazil indicated that the system was not active at that time.

Earlier this summer, ARISS hardware team members on the ground reported that they were able to locate a functional duplicate of the ISS packet module that had been in use on the ISS for 17 years before it failed more than a year ago.

ARISS has expressed hope that the new packet system hardware could be online again by the end of November.


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