[RAC-Bulletin] ARISS SSTV Event Commemorates Space Pioneer Astronaut, Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK: August 1 – 4




For immediate release: Special SSTV event is now underway
ARISS has organized a special SSTV event to commemorate the life and accomplishments of astronaut, scientist and Amateur Radio pioneer Owen Garriott, W5LFL. The SSTV event will feature images from Garriott’s work with Amateur Radio during his missions in space.
This event is currently scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 1 at 09:40 UTC and ends at 18:15 UTC on Sunday, August 4. Please make note that the content of these upcoming SSTV transmissions may change. 
Transmissions will be sent at 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php and you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image.
ARISS SSTV Award Rules
To obtain this award one should receive and decode at least one picture in the session. The quality of the received image does not have to be perfect, but it must be good enough to identify it. The picture does not have to be complete and it is acceptable to send a partial picture.
The award is in an electronic format (PNG) and will be sent by email.
An application form and complete information on how to participate in the event including can be found at: https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/
ARISS has also added a new information tab for SSTV events, under the General Contacts pulldown menu on its main website and it will direct you to the ARISS-SSTV Images webpage:
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS Public Relations
Background Information: About ARISS
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS ) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world.
The primary purpose of ARISS is to organize scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio.
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, the Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA and CSA, with the AMSAT and International Amateur Radio Union organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, firsthand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on the International Space Station can energize youth and instill an interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on their website.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director