Hams Plan DTV Transmissions From International Space Station; Donations Needed

When it launches, possibly this weekend, the latest Space Shuttle mission will include the first digital Amateur Radio TV (DATV) in space.
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When it launches, possibly this weekend, the latest Space Shuttle mission will include the first digital Amateur Radio TV (DATV) in space.

The Amateur Radio Station will be housed in the Columbus Laboratory module, which will be installed on the International Space Station as part of the latest mission, STS-122. The module, which was built by the European Space Agency, is approximately 23 feet long and 15 feet wide. On the outside of the module are two ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) antennas. The module can hold 10 large racks of experiments. ARISS International is still working on the configuration of the equipment.

The Amateur Radio Station in Columbus will include the first digital Amateur Radio TV (DATV) in space as well as a ham radio transponder. Graham Shirville, speaking on behalf of ARISS -Europe, said the group is looking at using a 10 watt 2.4 GHz DATV transmitter with a signal bandwidth from 4 to 8 MHz.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, said donations have covered a payment of about 9,000 Euros but there is still a funding shortfall of 14,000 Euros. Paypal donations are being accepted.

The ARRL news release ARISS Antennas Set to Launch on NASA Mission in December has additional information on this ARISS project.