[sarex] 2012-10-09 ARISS Status

Carol Jackson tcekmjackson at comcast.net
Tue Oct 9 05:40:34 PDT 2012

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

October 9, 2012



1.            Upcoming School Contact


An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact is
planned for PACIFICON, Santa Clara, California on Saturday, October 13 at
18:57 UTC. Station IK1SLD in Italy will handle the radio hook-up.  PACIFICON
is the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Pacific Division annual convention
which is hosted and organized by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club
(MDARC). PACIFICON 2012 will be held October 12-14 and will host the 2012
ARRL National Convention and Exposition. Over 2,500 amateur radio
enthusiasts are expected to attend.  The PACIFICON Youth Program provides
STEM educational goals which will include hands on radio operation,
electronics kit building and soldering classes, Ohm’s Law, orbital
mathematics, CubeSat satellite design, and popular radio transmitter
T-Hunts. The ARISS contact will be integrated into the Youth Program to
demonstrate earth to space communications and to inspire youth attending the
event to consider STEM-related careers.


2.            Izmir, Turkey School Hosts ARISS Contact


On Friday, October 5, students from Izmir SEV Primary School in Turkey
participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact with astronaut Sunita Williams, KD5PLB via station K6DUE in
Greenbelt, Maryland.  Williams answered all 20 questions posed to her during
the event which drew an audience of over 800 students and was heard all over
Turkey. The contact highlighted a science curriculum which included other
NASA activities such as First Lego League Robotic Teams and Destination
Imagination Teams.  


3.            Sunita Williams Chats with Malaysian Students


Sekolah Kebangsaan students in Putrajaya, Malaysia spoke with Sunita
Williams, KD5PLB aboard the ISS through an Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Sunday, October 7.  The
school was invited to participate in the contact by the National Space
Agency Satellite Ground Station, 9M2RPN, in conjunction with the “Prime
Minister’s National Space Challenge Trophy 2012,” an annual event since 2007
when the Malaysian astronaut, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, flew to the ISS.


4.            ARISS Educator Interviewed


Gladys Muñoz, a teacher at the Marcelino Canino Canino Middle School in
Puerto Rico, was interviewed for a blog by Mr. Anthony Salcito, vice
president for education Microsoft Worldwide Enterprises. This took place
during her stay in Lima, Peru for Microsoft’s Latin America Forum for
Innovative Education where she presented a summary of some of her school’s
aerospace education projects. The school participated in its own ARISS
contact on September 12, 2012.  See:



5.            ARISS and JOTA at National Scouting Museum


Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), an activity where Scouts from all over the world
connect via amateur radio, will be held at the National Scouting Museum in
Irving, Texas on Saturday, October 20. An ARISS contact is planned for the
event, as well as several other education activities. For more information,



6.            Astronaut Training Status


Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP has been scheduled for a preflight session on October
17. He is slated to fly with the Expedition 36 crew in May 2013.


7.            AMSAT News Service on ARISS 


The October 7 AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) News Service
bulletin (ANS-281) included an item about PACIFICON and the ARISS contact
planned for the youth attending the event. “PACIFICON 2012 Will Feature
ARISS Contact and Satellite Demo Station” may be found at:



8.            Amateur Radio Newsline Covers ARISS


On October 5, the Amateur Radio Newsline report #1834 included an article
covering the upcoming Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and the ARISS contact that
is planned with Scouts at the BSA's Scouting museum in Texas. “That Final
Item:  JOTA 2012 October  20-21” may be found at:


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