There are nice and extensive articles about the last IARU Region 3 Conference which was held in Ho Chi Minh City earlier this month. Speaking personally, it was nice to meet many HAM from our neighbor countries but also from North America, South America and Europe. The atmosphere was friendly and the working sessions were productive. Emergency Communications were one of the most important topic and the various member society will collaborate on that matter.
By the way, this is also a more general article about HAM Radio and its development in Viet-Nam.
Here a picture of Malcolm VK6LC when he visited Eddy XV1X’s house where he operated as XV1LC. Conditions have not been that great however and not as much QSOs as expect have been logged. Malcolm we also be in Can Tho for a short time around November 16th and he may operate as XV4LC using XV4Y club station.
The 15th IARU R3 conference attendees already arrived in Ho Chi Minh City and are ready to start their work on monday November the 5th. Conferences and working sessions will go through thursday at the Kimdo hotel conference center. Emergency Communications will occupy a large part of the meeting.
Editor’s note : I have been invited to this conference as a guest observer. However, I am busy with work as usual in November and I am not able to reach Saigon with is located 4 hours from my hometown. I apologize and wish to all the participants to have a pleasant stay in HCMC and a fruitful work. Yan – XV4Y (VARC website webmaster).
The 5 cubesats onboard ISS have been released as expected on October 4th after the delayed related to ATV-3 undocking. On this picture you can see 3 of them including F-1 just after they left the Kibo module being pulled away from the airlock by the japanese robotic arm.
The japanese space agencies have confirmed the vietnamese cubesat F-1 and its companions will be deployed on September 27th 2012. This will be the first deployment of 5 cubesats from Kibo module and it will serve as a test to further simple and inexpensive launches from the ISS via the japanese HTV cargo. F-1 lifetime in space before re-entry is forecasted to be 250 days. Good luck!
According to JAXA news, 5 CubeSats currently onboard the ISS, including F-1, are scheduled to be deployed into space on Monday, 10 September, at 13h00 UTC. Actual time may vary depends on ISS activities.
Thanks XV9AA for the information.
Here is a great learning program footage recorder by VTC-2 about the F-1 cubesat project. Great pictures and truly didactic content (in Vietnamese). You will see XV9AA as the project leader explaining how works the sat to the journalist.
Video VTC-2 learning channel FSpace F-1
The H-IIB has successfully launched the HTV-3 vehicle. The encounter with the ISS is planned for july 27th. F-1 cubesat will be started and put into orbit later in september, no exact date given yet. More details about F-1 in Viêt-Nam here. On JAXA website more pictures and videos.
HAM Radio operators involved in EMCOMM (Emergency Communications) may want to attend the next GAREC Conference in Port Dickson, Malaysia. More details on MyGAREC2012 meeting website.
The first vietnamese cubesat has been integrated to the HTV-3 vehicle and then to its H-II launcher. It will be soon ready for launch. More details and pictures here on the FSpace blog.
THu XV9AA also published a nice footage of VTV news giving many details about the projects.
F-1 cubesat on the TV news