Long-awaited upgrades to the amateur radio
equipment on the International Space Station have been completed, giving hams
additional opportunities to use the station as an orbiting repeater. The ISS
cross-band repeater (2 meters up, 70 centimeters down) is now active 24/7,
except during spacewalks, ARISS school contacts or docking. Plus, the APRS/packet
digipeater (2-meter simplex) is active full-time as well.
The International Space Station (NASA photo)
In a related story, the “NASA on the Air” program
continues its series of special event operations from various NASA facilities
around the county. Details on both will be in the October issue of CQ.