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astronauts on your repeater

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A stronauts on Your Repeater
Live audio and video from
s p a c e a r e a v a ila b le v ia s a te llite d u rin g
s h u t t l e m is s io n s , c o u r t e s y o fN A S A T \/:B u t y o u d o n 't n e e d a
satellite receiver t o listen in-the
a s t r o n a u t s m a y b e a s c lo s e a s
y o u r lo c a l re p e a te r.
B y P h ilip C h ie n , K C 4 Y E R "
(p c h ie n @ d ig ita l.n e t)
rjA SA TV is yourbestfrontrow seat
lfo r
w h a t's
h a p p e n in g
i n
s p a c e .

W ith N A S A T V y o u c a n lo o k o v e r th e s h o u ld e rs o f th e flig h t c o n tro lle rs a n d astronautsasthey perform theirtasks.Y ou c a n w a tc h th e s a m e b rie fin g s th e p re s s w a tc h a n d fin d o u t w h a t's h a p p e n in g firs t h a n d .

Y o u 'll
s e e
e v e ry th in g
liv e
a n d

uncensored. Instead of one-m inute new s s to rie s o n T V , o r n e w s p a p e r a rtic le s w rit- te n fo r s o m e o n e w ith a s ix th -g ra d e e d u - c a tio n , y o u 'll fin d o u t th e d e ta ils . A n h o u r- long new s conference m ay end up on the new s as a 15-second sound byte on TV . O ften, the rest of the hour is m ore inter- e s tin g , b u t th e s o u n d b y te w a s th e o n ly " q u o ta b le " th in g w h ic h w a s s a id .

"Instead of one-m inute new s
stories onT V ,or new spaper
a r tic le s w r itte n fo r s o m e o n e
w ith a s ix th -g r a d e e d u c a tio n ,
y o u 'll fin d
o u t th e d e ta ils ."
N A SA
T V
also show s archival film s
fro m
th e g o ld e n a g e o f th e s p a c e p ro -
gram -see

h o wN A S A p re s e n te d its e lf to th e w o rld d u rin g th e m o o n ra c e a n d th e C o ld W a r a n d h o w

m u c h th e w o rld h a s
c h a n g e d s in c e th e n .

O n th e o th e r h a n d , e v e n th e m o s t d ie - h a rd s p a c e fa n s w ill h a v e to a d m it th a t N A SA

T V

c a n a ls o b e th e m o s t b o rin g th in g o n T V . W a tc h in g a h a lf-fille d c o n - tro l ro o m fo r e ig h t h o u rs w h ile th e a s tro - n a u ts s le e p is a b o u t a s e x c itin g a s w a tc h - in g

p a in t
p e e l.
F o rtu n a te ly ,
m any
" P h ilip C h ie n ,K C 4 Y E R , w r ite s a b o u t th e
space program from

his h o m e in M erritt Island,Florida,right dow n ther o a d fr o m th e K e n n e d y S p a c e C e n te r .

P h o to A . S h u ttle la u n c h e s a n d o th e r N A S A a c tiv itie s m a y b e w a tc h e d liv e --a n d
w ith o u tT V
a n c h o r s ' c h a tte r -v ia
N A S AT V . V id e o a n d a u d io fr o m
shuttle m issions m ayb e rebroadcast by
ham s,and m ore than1 0 0repeaters around the U .S.and C anada regularly do so. (N A SAphoto)
a s tro n a u ts
a n d
flig h t c o n tro lle rs
h a v e
excellent senses of hum or and bad puns
a re
o fte n
h e a rd
o n
th e

a ir-to -g ro u n d a u d io , a d d in g s o m e e n jo y m e n t to o th e r- w is e u tilita ria n c o m m u n ic a tio n s .

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N A SA
T V
w as
o rig in a lly
c a lle d
"N A S A

S e le c t," a n d w a s p u t in p la c e s o T V s ta tio n s a ro u n d th e c o u n try c o u ld fo l- lo w

th e
s p a c e
p ro g ra m
w ith o u t
th e
e x p e n s e
o f
s e n d in g
re p o rte rs
t o
th e

K ennedy and Johnson Space C enters. It q u ic k ly tu rn e d o u t, th o u g h , th a t th e m o s t e n th u s ia s tic a u d ie n c e w a s s p a c e f a n s w ith a c c e s s to s a te llite d is h e s . N A S A -T V , a s N A SA

Select w as renam ed a couple of
y e a rs
a g o ,
i s
o n
th e
G E -2
s a te llite ,
tra n s p o n d e r9 C , lo c a te d
a t8 5 d e g re e s
W e s t. I t c a n b e v ie w e d b y a ll o f N o rth

A m e ric a a n d H a w a ii. (B u t a s w e 'll d is - cuss later, in m any cases, the audio and s o m e tim e s e v e n th e v id e o , a re a v a ila b le o n th e h a m b a n d s a s w e ll.)

The NASA
T V

transponder operates fu ll-tim e d u rin g s h u ttle m is s io n s (P h o to A ) a n d o th e r m a jo r a c tiv itie s . A t o th e r tim es, program m ing from

N A S A 's v a s t lib ra ry is s h o w n o n a fo u r-h o u r s c h e d u le , re p e a te d

several tim es each
d a y . L iv e

a c tiv itie s in c lu d e p re s s c o n fe re n c e s , s p e - c ia l a c tiv itie s , p re s e n ta tio n s fro m N A S A H e a d q u a rte rs , a n d , m o s t im p o rta n tly ,2 4 - h o u r c o v e r a g e o f s h u ttle m is s io n s . T h is c o v e ra g e

n o rm a lly
g e ts
p rio rity

o v e r other program m ing. S ee "R esources" for accessing the N A SA T V schedule.

S in c e N A S A TV 's prim ary purpose is
to inform
th e m e d ia a b o u t th e a g e n c y 's
a c tiv itie s , m u c h o f th e p ro g ra m m in g
i s
p re s e n te d in a fo rm a t w h ic h re q u ire s lit-
-
-
-
- -
-
-
-
--
---
--
--
1 2
C Q
V H F
J u n e1 9 9 9
H a m R a d io A b o v e 50 MHz
-
I-
Y e s ,It's
L e g a l
H e r e 's th e fu ll te x t o f th e F C C re g u la tio n w h ic h a p p lie s to re tra n s m is s io n s o f
N A S A feeds:

P a rt 9 7 .1 1 3 (5 ) (e ) " N o s ta tio n sh a ll re tra n s m it p ro g ra m s o r s ig n a ls e m a n a tin g f r o m a n y ty p e o f ra d io s ta tio n o th e r th a n a n a m a te u r s ta tio n , e x c e p t p ro p a g a tio n a n d w e a th e r fo re c a s t in fo rm a tio n in te n d e d fo r u s e b y th e g e n e ra l p u b lic a n d o rig - inated from

U n ite d S ta te s G o v e rn m e n t s ta tio n s a n d c o m m u n ic a tio n s , in c lu d in g in c id e n ta l m u s ic , o rig in a tin g o n U n ite d S ta te s G o v e rn m e n t fre q u e n c ie s b e tw e e n a s p a c e s h u ttle a n d its a s s o c ia te d E a rth s ta tio n s . P rio r a p p ro v a l fo r s h u ttle re tra n s - m issions

m ust
b e
o b ta in e d
fro m
th e
N a tio n a l
A e ro n a u tic s
a n d
S p a c e
A d m in istratio n .""

Such retransm issions m ust be for the exclusive use of am ateur o p e ra to rs . P ro p a g a tio n , w e a th e r fo re c a s ts a n d s h u ttle re tra n s m is s io n s m a y n o t b e c o n d u c te d o n a re g u la r b a s is , b u t o n ly o c c a s io n a lly , a s a n in c id e n t o f n o rm a l a m a - te u r ra d io c o m m u n ic a tio n s ."

* * N o te : N A S A h a s g iv e n b la n k e t p e rm is s io n fo r a m a te u rs to re tra n s m it s h u ttle
com m unications, so specific request for perm ission are no longer required.

tle e ffo rt o n th e p a rt o f te le v is io n s ta tio n s , new spapers, and other m ass m edia to use. S o the daily "video file" consists of sim - p le s o u n d -b ite s a n d v id e o c lip s re a d y to air on

th e
e v e n in g
n e w s . T h e r e 's

n o t m u c h s u b s ta n tia l in fo rm a tio n a n d n e v e r a te c h n ic a l te rm .A no u tlin e o f e a c h d a y 's " v id e o file " c o n te n ts m a y b e fo u n d o n th e Internet (see "R esources").

G yi;=;3L E ;- ; c z

L a u n c h e s o f N A S A p a y lo a d s o n o th e r rockets are also broadcast live; how ev- e r, n o n -N A S A

s a te llite la u n c h e s r e n t com m ercial transponders. Launches of c o m m e rc ia l a n d m ilita ry

satellites nor-
m a lly a re n o t c a rrie d o n N A S A
T V . In
th e p a s t d e c a d e , o n ly o n e la u n c h o f a
N A SA
spacecraft has not been carried
liv e o n N A S A T V -th e

la u n c h o f th eX - R a y T im in g E x p lo re r o n D e c e m b e r 3 0 , 1 9 9 5 , in th e m id d le o f th e fe d e ra l g o v - ernm ent shutdow n.

A second transponder,# 5 ,is used for
e n g in e e rin g
purposes. During
c o u n t-

d o w n s , it's u s e d to tra n s m it la u n c h p a d e n g in e e rin g v ie w s to e n g in e e rs a t th e J o h n s o n

S p a c e
C e n te r
a n d
M arshall

S paceflight C enter. It's an unscram bled signal and not purposely encrypted, but it d o e s lo o k k in d o f s tra n g e . T w o c a m - e ra v ie w s a re m u ltip le x e d a n d , o n a n o r- m a l T V s e t, it lo o k s k in d o f lik e a d o u - ble exposure.

D u rin g
m issions,
th e

e n g in e e rin g tra n s p o n d e r s ig n a l is s c ra m b le d , o ffic ia l- ly in o rd e r to p ro te c t th e a s tro n a u ts ' m ed-

Photo B . "Proof' that space aliens exist! Astronaut Tum m y Jernigan is "kidnappedb y an
a lie n a s s e e n o n N A S AT V. . .o n H a llo w e e n . N o te th a t th e p h o to is s o m e w h a t fu zzy d u e to ja m -
m in g a tte m p ts b y th e a lie n s ( n o t b e c a u s e th e a u th o r d ig itiz e d afreezelfram e
o ff h is T V ).

ic a l p riv a c y , b u t th e s c ra m b lin g is o n c o n - tin u o u s ly , n o t ju s t w h e n d a ta n e e d s to b e p ro te c te d . D u rin g

th e

S T S -7 4 m is s io n , w hich overlapped the federal governm ent s h u td o w n , th e s ig n a ls w e re u n -s c ra m b le d (the personnel responsible for scram bling w ere not considered "essential" and w ere n o t a t w o rk ). A t n o p o in t d u rin g th a t m is - sion w as the crew 's m edical privacy com - prom ised. It appears that the key reason fo r th e s c ra m b lin g is to p e rm it th e J o h n s o n Space C enter video personnel to choose w h ic h a ir-to -g ro u n d s ig n a ls th e y w ish to send out to the rest of the w orld and w hat i s

t o
b e
v ie w e d
o n ly
w ith in

N A SA . R e g re tta b ly , th e e x is te n c e o f th e s c ra m - b le d fe e d h a s le a d c o n s p ira c is ts a n d U F O fa n a tic s to b e lie v e th a t N A S A is p u rp o s e - ly h id in g s o m e th in g . A n d , a s w ith a n y c o n - s p ira c y th e o ry , it's

im p o s s ib le to p ro v e
that a conspiracy doesn't exist.
P -
--
"
5
P )-G ~ ~
n o p le E
S p e a k in g o f w h ic h , U F O s a n d s p a c e
a lie n s h a v e a p p e a re d o n N A S A
T V
a t

leastonce!A s the S T S -52 crew w as pack- in g u p th e s h u ttle to re tu rn h o m e , a ra th e r s tra n g e v id e o

cam e
dow n
fro m
s p a c e

(P h o to B ). A stro n a u t T am m y Jernigan w a s b u s y w o rk in g o n th e s h u ttle 's flig h t deck w hen an "alien" appeared on cam - e ra

a n d
d ra g g e d
h e r
o ff
screen! The
s c r e e n
q u ic k ly
w ent
b la c k. . .a n d
w as
re p la c e d
b y
a
t i t l e
s c r e e n ,
"H appy
H a llo w e e n fro m th e S T S -5 2 c re w ."
A fter th e flig h t,T am m y adm itted,"I'll
ju s t s a y th a t th e re 's

a crew m em ber w ho served as our space alien,but h e'll rem ain n a m e le s s ." S h e p ro m p tly a d d e d , " B u t h is initials are M B [M ike B aker]."

O n
th e
S T S -7 3
m ission,

A stronaut Cady Colem an m ade a casual com m ent a b o u t a U F O e n te rin g th eS p a c e la b m o d - u le , a n d

s u d d e n ly
th e
a u d io
s to p p e d .
C o n s p ira c is ts im m e d ia te ly to o k th is a s
e v id e n c e
th a t
som e
h ig h -le v e l N A S A

o ffic ia l h a d p u lle d th e p lu g . T h e tro u b le w ith th a t th e o ry w a s th a t C a d y w a s in th e S p a c e la b m o d u le w ith o u t a n y e x te rn a l w indow s, so she couldn't possibly have seen aUFO outside the crew cabin!W hat she did see w as fellow

a s tro n a u t M ik e

L o p e z -A le g ria , a n d s h e w a s k id d in g h im a b o u t flo a tin g in to th e c a b in . A n d th e re a - son the audio stopped? T here w as no need to com m ent further,and she w ent back to w ork. M ystery solved.

T here are at least five w ays to receive
N A SA
T V in the U .S.: C -B and satellite
H a m R a d io A b o v e5 0 M H z
J u n e 1 9 9 9
C Q
V H F
1 3
N otes
S im p le x
V id e o&A u d io C h . 5 7
T a b le1 . N o r t h A m e ric a n R e p e a te rs R e g u la rly C a rry in g S h u ttle A u d io a n d lo r V id e c
C anada
P r o v .
C ity
F req .(M H z)
U pdated
C a ll
N otes
B C
V ancouver
4 4 2 .3 5 0
1 2 /0 7 /9 8
V E 7R U K
O N
W aterloo
1 4 6 .8 6 5
1 1 /2 0 /9 6
V E 3 R C K
U nited States
S ta te
C ity
F req .(M H z)
U pdated
C a ll
A L
B irm in g h a m
4 4 3 .7 5 0
0 1 /0 1 /9 7
K B 4K C H
A L
B essem er
5 3 .1 5 0
0 1 /0 1 /9 7
N 4A H N
A L
B lu ff R id g e
1 4 5 .1 5 0
0 1 /0 1 /9 7
N 4A H N
A L
E n s le y
1 4 5 .1 9 0
0 1 /0 1 /9 7
N 4 IQ T
A L
H u n ts v ille
1 4 7 .1 0 0
0 4 /2 5 /9 8
K S4LU
S o u rc e /S p o n s o r N 4 A Z Y
C A
L o s A n g e le s
4 4 8 .5 0 0
1 2 /0 4 /9 6
W A 6V L D
M t. W ilson
C A
L o s A n g e le s
1 2 4 1 .2 5 0
1 1 /3 0 /9 5
K 6K M N
M t. W ilso n
C A
L o s G a to s
4 4 0 .0 5 0
0 1 /1 5 /9 7
K B 5 JR
C A
M o u n ta in v ie w
1 5 4 .5 8 5
1 1 1 18 /9 7
N A S A A m es
C A
P a s a d e n a
1 4 7 .1 5 0
0 1 /1 5 /9 7
W 6 V IO
C A
P a s a d e n a
2 2 4 .0 8 0
0 1 /1 5 /9 7
W 6 V IO
O ccasional
C A
R edondo B each
1 4 5 .3 2 0
1 2 /0 5 /9 8
W 6TRW
P L 1 1 4 .8- T R W R a d io C lu b
C A
Sacram ento
1 4 7 .4 0 5
0313 1 /9 8
N 6 IC W
C A
Sacram ento
4 2 7 .2 5 0
0 1 /1 6 /9 7
W 6 C X /A T V
V id e o , C h . 5 8 , M t. D ia b lo
C A
S an D ie g o
1 4 6 .6 4 0
0 2 /1 4 /9 7
W B6W LV
M o u n t O ta y
C A
San Francisco
4 4 3 .3 0 0
0 1 /1 6 /9 7
K B 5 JR
M t. L o rn a P rie ta
C A
S a n ta R o s a
1 4 5 .5 8 5
0411 8 /9 7
W 6SRJ
C A
S u n n y v a le
1 4 5 .5 8 5
0 1 /1 5 /9 7
K 6M F
C A
V e n tu ra
1 4 6 .6 5 5
0 1 /2 0 /9 7
N 6Q O L
C O
A spen
4 4 9 .6 0 0
0311 8 /9 6
N 0N H J
C O
B o u ld e r
1 4 5 .4 6 0
1 1 /2 0 /9 6
W A lJH K
C O
C o lo ra d o S p rin g s
1 4 5 .1 6 0
11 1 2 0 1 9 6
W A 1JH K
C O
D enver
1 4 7 .2 2 5
1 1 /2 0 /9 6
W A lJH K
C O
D enver
2 2 4 .9 8 0
1 1 /2 0 /9 6
W A lJH K
C O
G le n w o o d S p rin g s
4 4 7 .1 0 0
0 3 /1 8 /9 6
K B 0SM W
C O
G rand Jct
4 4 9 .3 0 0
0311 8 /9 6
W A 4H N D
C O
V ail
4 4 9 .9 0 0
0311 8 /9 6
W GKEA
C T
B rid g e p o rt
4 4 1 .5 0 0
0 2 /1 5 /9 7
N lL X V
C T
B risto l
4 4 2 .8 5 0
0 2 1 1 5 /9 7
K lD F S
C T
M ilford
4 3 3 .1 0 0
0212 1 /9 7
K lP X E
C T
M o n ro e
4 6 3 .1 0 0
0 2 /1 8 /9 7
F L
C le a rw a te r
4 4 2 .0 7 5
0 9 /0 3 /9 7
K 4L K
F L
C ocoa
4 2 1 .7 5 0
0 3 /2 8 /9 6
K 4A T V
F L
D u n e d in
1 4 5 .2 3 0
0 8 /0 6 /9 7
K 4L K
F L
F o rt L a u d e rd a le
1 4 5 .2 1 0
0 5 1 2 0 1 9 6
K A 4Z A Y
F L
F o rt L a u d e rd a le
1 4 5 .7 5 0
0 1 /2 1 /9 7
K E 4 T P
F L
F o rt L a u d e rd a le
4 4 2 .6 5 0
0 5 /2 0 /9 6
K A 4Z A Y
F L
H o lid a y
4 2 7 .2 5 0
0 8 /0 6 /9 7
K 4L K
V id e o& A u d io C h . 5 8
F L
J a c k s o n v ille
1 4 4 .3 6 0
0412 1 /9 8
W 4Y JC
S im p le x- P L 1 7 9 .9
F L
L a rg o
5 1 .8 4 0
0 1 /0 8 /9 7
K 4L K
F L
M a c c le n n y
1 4 4 .3 3 0
0412 1/9 8
W 4Y JC
S im p le x- P L 1 7 3 .8
F L
M erritt Island
1 4 6 .9 4 0
1 1 /3 0 /9 6
K 4G C C
N e x t to K e n n e d y S p a c e C e n te r
F L
M iam i
1 4 6 .8 5 0
0 8 /2 7 /9 8
A A 4E E
F L
P a lm B a y
1 4 5 .1 7 0
0 1 /1 3 /9 7
K F4A PQ
a
O n ly d u rin g la u n c h p a n d in g
F L
P ort R ichey
4 4 3 .9 5 0
0 1 /0 8 /9 7
K 4L K
F L
S t. P e te rsb u rg
1 4 7 .2 8 5
0 1 /0 8 /9 7
K 4L K
F L
S t. P e te rsb u rg
4 4 4 .7 0 0
0 8 /0 6 /9 7
K 4L K
F L
S a ra s o ta
4 4 2 .5 5 0
0 1 /0 8 /9 7
K 4L K
F L
T a lla h a s s e e
1 4 6 .9 1 0
0 4 /2 2 /9 8
K 4 T L H
T a lla h a s s e e A m a te u r R a d io S o c ie ty
F L
W estPalm Beach
1 4 7 .3 6 0
1 0 /3 0 /9 8
W B 4 F P B /R
P a lm B e a c h R e p e a te r A s s n .
I L
C h a m p a ig n -U rb a n a
1 4 6 .8 8 0
1 1 1 3 0 1 9 3
K A 9SZX
1 4
C Q
V H F
J u n e 1 9 9 9
H amR a d io A b o v e5 0M Hz
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