[sarex] 2012-04-30 ARISS Status

Carol Jackson tcekmjackson at comcast.net
Mon Apr 30 07:00:07 PDT 2012

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

April 30, 2012



1.            Upcoming School Contact


The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia has been scheduled for an
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on
Wednesday, May 2 at 16:14 UTC via telebridge station IK1SLD in Italy.  The
ARISS contact is part of a comprehensive education plan which will pique
students' interest in STEM.


2.            Calolziocorte, Italy Contact Successful


On Tuesday, April 24, students from Istituto Comprensivo di Calolziocorte -
Scuola Media in Calolziocorte, Italy spoke with Don Pettit, KD5MDT via an
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. Telebridge
station LU8YY in Argentina provided the radio connection. An audience of 200
students, visitors and media were present for the event and listened as
Pettit answered eighteen questions and exchanged greetings with the youth. A
presentation on ARISS and amateur radio was also given to the students.  The
contact highlighted a curriculum covering astronautics, astronomy, radio
techniques and English.


3.            New Proposal Cycle for ARISS-US Contacts


NASA Teaching From Space (TFS) office has announced a new proposal cycle for
ARISS-US contacts.  Proposals may be submitted through July 2, 2012 for
contacts that will be scheduled in the November 1, 2012 - May 1, 2013
timeframe. Four informational sessions will be held to answer any questions
concerning the proposal process.  To attend a session or to have questions
answered, contact TFS at JSC-TFS- ARISS at mail.nasa.gov or call 281-244-1919.

For more information, see the TFS Web site:


4.            ARRL QST 


In the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) May QST column titled "Up Front"
is a short article about the upcoming Dayton Hamvention.  The article
features the highlight of last year -- where Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC,
participated in ARRL and AMSAT activities at Hamvention, in particular,
spending a lot of time with young people to interest them in technology and
Amateur Radio.  There is a good-sized photo of Doug with a crowd of kids.








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