[sarex] 2012-04-16 ARISS Status

Carol Jackson tcekmjackson at comcast.net
Mon Apr 16 06:32:06 PDT 2012

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Status Report

April 16, 2012




1.            Upcoming School Contact


Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy in Riverside, California has been
scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact on Thursday, April 19 at 17:03 UTC via telebridge station IK1SLD in
Italy.  The ARISS contact will complement a comprehensive education plan
which will pique students' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and
Math (STEM). For more information about the event, see:


2.            Astronaut Don Pettit Radios Ecuadorian School


On Friday, April 13, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact was held between students from Academia Cotopaxi in Quito,
Ecuador and on-orbit astronaut Don Pettit, KD5MDT via station IK1SLD in
Italy. Cotopaxi, an international American school with students in grades
pre-K to 12, has a strong relationship with Ecuador's astronaut, Ronnie
Nader, and the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA). It utilized several
NASA resources in its curriculum covering space, technology and radio.
Approximately 500 students and visitors were present for the event. 


3.            Iruma Contact Successful


Scouts from the Troop 2nd & 3rd Iruma Group, Saitama Scout Council, Scout
Association of Japan participated in an Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) contact on Saturday, April 14.  An audience of 70
people, including one magazine representative, turned out for the contact
and listened as the Scouts had their questions about living on the ISS
answered by on-orbit astronaut Dan Burbank, KC5ZSX. The Scouts have their
own radio club, JQ1YWJ and many of the Scouts have been attending amateur
radio classes to become licensed. 


4.            Amateur Radio Newsline Covers ARISS


The April 13 Amateur Radio Newsline report #1809 included an item on the
upcoming ARISS contact with Flabob Airport on Thursday, April 19.  The
article, "Ham Radio in Space:  ISS Contact to Historic Flabob Airport" may
be found at: http://www.arnewsline.org/storage/scripts/nsln1809.txt


5.            AMSAT News Service on ARISS 


The AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) News Service bulletin
(ANS-106) that was posted on April 15 included a few ARISS-related items.
The first piece is a reminder that during the Dayton Hamvention 2012, to be
held May 18 - 20, informational sessions will be provided for those
interested in becoming ARISS mentors. The second item covers the upcoming
ARISS contact with Flabob Airport.  For more information, see:





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