JOTA from SPAAAAAAAAACE!
Fire up your sat tracking software, because the ISS will be live for Jamboree on The Air. An article at Southgate Amateur Radio Club’s website reports that Astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG, will be participating in Jamboree on The Air from the International Space station this weekend, using the callsign NA1SS. Mike is also a scout master.
While he won’t be available for every pass, you may hear him from 0800-1930 UTC as this is the usual work time for the crew, but they could also stay on a little later as well. When Mike is on he will be working ITU 1, which is Europe, Africa and Russia, with the uplink of 145.200 MHz FM and ITU regions 2 & 3, which is every one else, using the uplink of 144.49 MHz. Downlown for all will be 145.800 MHz FM. Be sure to be using a wide filter if your radio supports it, as the station uses a 5 Khz FM deviation, so 25 khz channel spacing is recommended.
If you don’t have satellite tracking software installed, you can track the Space Station online at NASA’s Spaceflight website. And, AMSAT UK has a wonderful article on getting started with satellites as well. This is should a fun Jamboree this year. To all the scouts and scout masters, enjoy!
Rich also writes a Tech blog and posts stories every Tuesday and Thursday on Q103, Albany’s #1 Rock Station website, as well as Amateur Radio stories every Monday thru Friday on AmiZed Studios and hosts a podcast called The Kim & Rich Show with his fiance’ Kim Dunne.