[sarex] 2012-09-24 ARISS Status

Carol Jackson tcekmjackson at comcast.net
Mon Sep 24 09:26:50 PDT 2012

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

September 24, 2012



1.            Upcoming School Contacts


An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been
scheduled for Waxter Young Women’s Academy in Laurel, Maryland on Monday,
September 24 at 17:44 UTC via telebridge station LU8YY in Argentina. The
ARISS contact is part of a comprehensive education plan which will pique
students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).


An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact is
planned for Sacred Heart School of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada on
Wednesday, September 26 at 16:07 UTC via telebridge station LU8YY in
Argentina. The contact will be incorporated into science lessons through
which students will learn about the ISS, its mission, its background and the
significance of its contributions to science as well as our daily lives on


2.            Successful Contacts Held


Students from Zespól Szkól Technicznych w Kole in Kolo, Poland participated
in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with
Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, aboard the ISS on Wednesday, September 19.  Hoshide
answered all 18 questions posed by the students during the overhead pass,
which included topics on astronaut training, education, and skills and
abilities needed on the ISS.

Video of the event may be viewed here:



An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was held
between Sunset Hills Elementary School in San Diego, California and Akihiko
Hoshide, KE5DNI on the ISS on Thursday, September 20.  Students were able to
have 13 questions answered about living on the ISS. Three television
stations and other media covered the event. Video may be viewed at:


CBS has an article on its website:



and the North County Times ran a story:



On Friday, September 21, Lafayette Middle School, La Fayette, Georgia took
part in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact
with Sunita Williams, KD5PLB. The gymnasium was filled with students, guests
and VIPs who listened as the school’s Rambler Radio Club members spoke with
the astronaut. The school hopes the ARISS contact will help get the students
interested in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics.  WRCB TV covered the event. See:


3.            ARISS International Team Meeting Held


The ARISS International Team monthly teleconference was held on Tuesday,
September 18. Topics of discussion included a status on HamTV, as well as an
update on the new VHF Ericsson which is expected to launch to the ISS later
this year.  

Minutes have been posted. See: http://ariss.rac.ca/arisstel2012-09-18.htm


4.            ARISS Status on Social Media


ARISS currently has 1480 followers on Twitter:


And as a reminder, ARISS news may also be found on Facebook. See:



5.            ARRL Articles on ARISS


On September 20, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) carried a story
written by ARISS member Dave Jordan about “Teach-In Day,” an annual event in
Seminole County, Florida which provides opportunities for interested parties
to visit schools and teach the children about their area of expertise. The
Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society visited English Estates School and talked
about amateur radio, amateur satellites, the ISS and ARISS and the role of
amateur radios during emergencies.  English Estates participated in its own
ARISS contact in May 2011. To view, “The 2011 English Estates Teach-In,”



On September 20, ARRL Letter had an article on the ARRL National Convention
to be held Friday – Sunday, October 12-14 in Santa Clara, California. NASA
Astronaut Lee Morin, KF5DDB will attend and is the Pacificon forum presenter
and the banquet speaker on Saturday night. ARRL Education Services will
provide information on the ARISS program. For more information, go to:



The ARRL October QST’s "In Brief" column carried a note about NASA's Mars
Rover, "Curiosity" landing in August, and how engineers will use the Morse
code letters, JPL, imprinted on the wheels to determine how far the rover


6.            Amateur Radio Newsline Covers ARISS


On September 21, the Amateur Radio Newsline report #1832 included an item on
the Expedition 31/32 crew members that landed in Kazakhstan on September 16,
after 125 days in space. “Amateur Radio in Space:  Three Hams Return to
Earth” may be found at:


7.            Stonepark Intermediate Announces Upcoming Contact 


Stonepark Intermediate School in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada is preparing for
an ARISS contact with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, KC5RNJ/VA3OOG, who
is scheduled to join the ISS Expedition 34 crew in December of this year.
Sue Geddes, a teacher-librarian at Stonepark, was interviewed about the
upcoming event:


The school has also posted information about the contact on its Web site.



8.            South Florida Science Museum Holds Essay Contest for ARISS


The South Florida Science Museum is holding an essay contest for students in
the Palm Beach County School District to select fifteen K-12 students to
participate in an ARISS contact in October. Deadline for submissions is
September 24. For more information, see:

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