Current Status of ISS Amateur Radio

The Amateur Radio station aboard the International Space Station is known as the ARISS program – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. Many astronauts and cosmonauts have amateur radio licenses. Amateurs from the ISS partner countries, in the USA, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada, have set up the ARISS program to foster amateur radio communications between the astronauts and cosmonauts who reside on the station and stations on the ground.

ARISS was the first amateur radio projects to gain access to the International Space Station as it helps NASA fulfill Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) goals for education. ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT, ARRL, and IARU organizations from participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and learning. In the current launch environment.

The ARISS amateur radio gear on the ISS provides added value in its STEM educational mission. The beneficial side effect for Amateur Radio operators is that the ARISS station remains available for general amateur radio usage when it is not engaged in educational contacts.

Columbus Module radios:

  • Ericsson VHF- The VHF handheld radio model that has been used by the ARISS program to connect students worldwide with astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) for over 16 years has given an error message and is unusable at this time. While the ARISS technical team evaluates the best path to restore operation from the Columbus module, ARISS contacts will be supported using the Kenwood radio in the Russian Service Module.  During this period, the packet digipeater will be unavailable.
  • Ericsson UHF-The packet digipeater is now operational on 437.550 MHz.
  • HamTV –  Transmitting blank images when its power supply is not in use for other research projects. 

All radios will be turned off on Feb. 22 while the supporting power supply is being used for an experiment.

Service Module radios:

  • Kenwood D700, station #1 (delivered in 2003) – Stowed (memories erased).
  • Kenwood D700, station #2 (delivered in 2008) -Stowed.
  • Kenwood D710E -Supporting school contacts.

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