Diploma action: “20 years of active amateur radiocommunication service on the International Space Station”

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Diploma action: “20 years of active amateur radiocommunication service on the International Space Station”

The HAM radio action is organized to commemorate and promote the most important issues and events related to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the launch of HAM radio equipment at the International Space Station (ISS).

In 1996, ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) began work on the preparation of amateur radio equipment and placing it on an orbital station. In 1999, the first orbital station modules manufactured in Russia and the USA were connected in space. At the beginning of November 2000, as part of the 1st Expedition to the ISS, the first crew moved to the station. Successful attempts to establish communication using amateur radio equipment from the space station with earth stations around the world began on November 13, 2000. These trials were continued for several days. On December 21, 2000, the first pre-scheduled ARISS school contact was carried out. During this call, students from a school in the US received responses directly from space from an astronaut on board the International Space Station. Since then, over 1,300 ARISS contacts around the world have been organized, including twenty-one for students from educational institutions in Poland.

In order to commemorate these historical events, on the initiative of the Polish mentor ARISS Europe, with the support of amateurs from Polish amateur radio clubs: SP2ZIE, SP3POW, SP3YOR, SP5PMD, SP7POS, SP8YAY, SP9PKS (alphabetical order) which previously organized the ARISS contacts and with the assistance of the 27th Division of Polish Amateurs Radio Union (PZK) Południowa Wielkopolska, the Main Board of the PZK and – the Association of Amateur Radio and HAM operators Delta, in the period from November 13 (00:00 UTC) to December 21, 2020 (23:59 UTC) the operation of special stations is planned as an action under the name: “20 years of active amateur radiocommunication service on the International Space Station.”

More information is at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/20yHAMonISS/.

1. Regulations of the Diploma “20 years of active amateur radiocommunication service on the International Space Station”.

2. The issuer of the award is the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) in cooperation with the ARISS and the organizers’ special stations: HF20ISS, SN20ISS, SN3ISS, HF7ISS, HF8ISS, HF9ISS, 3Z20ARISS, SO1SS.

3. The diploma action lasts from November 13 to December 21, 2020, on all bands and emissions under the local regulations. We encourage you to conduct contacts through repeaters or transponders located on satellites.

4. The activity can be also supported by other stations. They can join any time during the activity period. List of the stations will be available at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/20yHAMonISS/ and in the SPLOG system. two-way contact with those stations is counted as with the organizer’s station.

5. The requirement for obtaining the Diploma is establishing two-way radio communication:

a) by stations from Poland with at least four different organizer stations.

b) by stations operating from the territory of Europe (except Poland) with at least two different stations of the organizers.

c) by stations operating outside Europe with at least one of the organizers’ stations.

6. The diplomas are only in electronic form and are generated automatically after meeting the above-mentioned conditions. The diploma file can be downloaded from the SPLOG system. More details will be available at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/20yHAMonISS/.

7. There will be no diploma for SWL listening stations. A separate endeavor only for SWL stations will be available at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/20yHAMonISS/#swl.

End of the rules.

Additional stations outside Poland:

– ARISS Ground Station in Italy: IK1SLD.

– F4KLX – the radio club of the ISS Fan Club.


– TM20ISS  – 20th Anniversary ARISS French “Special call” Commemorative Station





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