ARISS Radio Upgrade on ISS for Student Outreach
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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) inspires students, worldwide, to pursue interests and  careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the  International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew.  Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and community members) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys. Students have the opportunity to learn about space technologies and the technologies involved with space communications through exploration of amateur radio. ARISS is a cooperative venture of amateur radio societies and space agencies that support the ISS -- in the US, AMSAT, ARRL, CASIS, NASA.



Giving Tuesday - November 27, 2018

Tuesday, Nov. 27 is #Giving Tuesday , when many people donate to a favorite cause. Gifts to ARISS on Tuesday or at any time of the year are a wonderful way make a difference to our youth, to our communities and to the amateur radio hobby.  All ARISS donations via AMSAT (including Fundrazr) are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. If donating directly to AMSAT, be sure to designate "ARISS" on your check, in the PayPal notes or in your letter.  Our readers can consider doing the same thing John Carobine, WB8RFB, did -- here is his letter.

I'm not one who considers myself influenced much by advertisements but I recently made a donation to AMSAT-NA to support the ARISS mission of bringing technology awareness to a whole new generation of young people because of one; namely, the Kenwood advertisement on the back page of the July 2018 edition of QST Magazine.  I "connected" with it and it made me want to support this program in whatever capacity I can
In part, the ad stated "The ARISS mission is to provide and operate Amateur radio systems in space aboard the International Space Station, helping inspire, educate and engage youth and communities worldwide in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

The last 11 years of my working life were spent as an adjunct instructor of adult education in my local college's GED program.  I taught some of those subjects.  As I told my students "knowledge is power and power enables one to have many options."  The  mission statement struck a cord with me having worked in various capacities in each of those areas over the span of my entire working career.  I spent twenty years in the U.S. Navy working in various meteorological, oceanographic, electronic and computer maintenance and management capacities.  Those activities plus additional formal education opened future employment doors for me in the civilian sector for 30 additional years.  

Exposing school students via ARISS to the possibilities of careers in STEM is nothing short of positive.  As stated so many times before, we never know what lesson, activity, or casual statement will open a person's mind and inspire them to greatness.

As I celebrate 47 years in amateur radio, I encourage others to reflect upon what amateur radio has meant and done for them.  I hope that you too will be inspired to "pay it forward" and help preserve and promote an avocation that has meant so much to all of us.

John Carobine, WB8RFB
Life Member

Permission to post this letter, originally printed in December 2018 QST, was received from John Carobine, WB8RFB, and ARRL.



ARISS is in critical need of an infrastructure update to ensure that programs like students talking to astronauts in space via amateur radio can continue. Through your donations ARISS seeks the following upgrades:

  • Next Generation radio system will support easier radio mode transition, to enable new, exciting capabilities for hams, students and the general public including:
    • New amateur radio communication and experimentation capabilities, including an enhanced voice repeater and updated digital packet radio (APRS) capabilities
    • Slow Scan TV (picture up and downlinks) in both the US and Russian segments of ISS
  • New multi-voltage power supply will support present and future radio capabilities and allow wireless experiments to be conducted
  • ARISS needs to build 10 Next Generation Radio Systems to support our development, on-orbit operations, training and long-term maintenance. This includes units on-orbit (2 units--1 unit each in US and Russian segment), flight spares (2 units), training (3 units), testing (1 unit) and ground-based maintenance & troubleshooting (2 units)

Donations are fully tax deductible within the USA as AMSAT is a 501(c)(3) organization.


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ARISS Challenge Coin
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ARISS Challenge Coin
ARISS T-Shirt & Pin
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$500 USD
All Navigator Perks PLUS
Name & Callsign stored on SD card in ARISS Power Supply*

*name & callsign included in units sealed for launch (approx. 9/2018). Thereafter, it will be included in a flight backup power supply
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$1,000 USD
All Engineer Perks PLUS
Mounted Power Supply Circuit Board
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ARISS Challenge Coin
"ARISS Sponsor" Polo Shirt with custom ARISS Logo
Engraved name and callsign attached to ARISS power supply*
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Human spaceflight QSL card (postcard) photo display
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Mission Controller
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1:450 scale ISS Model
Human spaceflight QSL card (postcard) photo display OR Autographed Astronaut Photo
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All Mission Controller ($5,000)-level incentives
Your name & callsign on ARISS website sponsorship page
"Behind the Scenes" NASA (Goddard or Johnson) tour**

**travel, lodging, and meals at NASA are donor's responsibility; tour date will be coordinated with donor; donor must meet NASA's entrance security requirements
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