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1 Telebridge Network Status and Future Dave Taylor, W8AAS U.S. Delegate to ARISS-International

2 Background Telebridge network began in 1985 Supported SAREX mission for Tony England Telebridge stations have been a United States responsibility since then

3 Recent History In 2008, we began a search for additional telebridge stations In 2009, we added – LU8YY and LU1CGB in Argentina – VK6MJ in Australia In 2010, we added – IK1SLD in Italy

4 Current Stations 9 active telebridge stations – AH6NM, Hawaii, USA – IK1SLD, Casale Monferrato, Italy – K6DUE, Maryland, USA – LU1CGB, Buenos Aires, Argentina – LU8YY, San Luis, Argentina – W6SRJ, California, USA – VK4KHZ, Queensland, Australia – VK5ZAI, South Australia, Australia – VK6MJ, Western Australia, Australia

5 Current Stations (cont.) In development – VE4ISS, Winnipeg, Canada Inactive – ON4ISS, Belgium – W5RRR, Texas, USA

6 Telebridge Locations K6DUE W5RRR VE4ISS W6SRJ AH6NM VK4KHZ IK1SLD LU1CGB LU8YY VK5ZAI VK6MJ Active Inactive Future ON4ISS

7 Evaluation Process Get details about operator and station Review application Conduct test pass

8 Selection Criteria Considerations for approving a telebridge station include: – Location – Technical – Language – Access – Legal

9 Impact of Added Stations Increased processing when generating best weeks and pass options Increased work to filter options and check station availability Decreased contacts for existing stations, particularly if footprints overlap – Station operators become out-of-practice Time spent tracking status of station, monitoring performance

10 Current Status We receive occasional requests from interested hams Three requests pending – Italy – Malaysia – Brazil

11 Proposal ARISS should take over operation of the telebridge network from AMSAT-NA The Operations Committee should be responsible for selecting and managing telebridge stations The ARISS-I Delegates should be responsible for approving new stations


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