It sure is !! Part 97 of the FCC rules for Amateur Radio make our Space Shuttle Audio one of the few things that are legal to "broadcast. Normally all Amateur Radio transmissions must be made to a particular station, but not in this case. Even the music in the broadcast is allowed. One thing, though, the broadcast MUST have been approved by NASA. I have never heard of any other Amateur Shuttle Rebroadcaster having really gotten permission- but WE DID! We are proud of our letter from NASA authorizing us to do this. Our Official permission document was granted on October 26, 1990.
The Audio/Video feed began at NASA. It was collected from various sources and then produced in Houston Texas at the Johnson Space Center.
From there, it was beamed to a satellite 23,000 miles over the equator. The BSRG sold surplus gear
as well as collected various donations in 1989/1990 and was finally able to
buy a 3.5 GHz earth station to downlink the audio and video to our repeater site on Sweat Mountain.
The mountain is located North of Atlanta where Cobb, Fulton, and Cherokee Counties meet.
After reception by our earth station, we fed the audio portion of the program through a VOX (Voice Operated Relay) circuit and into an audio link input on the 146.655 repeater. This is the repeater that hosted the Shuttle audio since during the entire project. The audio was carried on the repeater whenever the Shuttle was on an active mission and had a secondary priority to normal repeater traffic. If a radio user transmitted on the repeater, the Shuttle audio would automatically be muted until the radio traffic was finished.
The same audio, plus the NASA video programming was also connected to our own microwave link system. Using an Amateur Radio microwave band, we also beamed this signal from the BSRG Amateur Television Repeater at the peak of Sweat Mountain. Transmitting from approximately 1,800 feet, the repeater can be seen on an ordinary television receiver out to a distance of about 40 miles. There's another link that tells you how to receive the video on an analog TV.
We're glad you listened to our 24 hour Shuttle retransmissions. If you'd like to help support the Group that makes this possible, then click below to find out about the BSRG!
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