[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Boy Scouts of America, 2013 National Jamboree, K2BSA, Mount Hope, WV

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Thu Jul 18 08:25:24 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Boy Scouts of America, 2013 National Jamboree, K2BSA, Mount Hope, WV on 20 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:34 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K2BSA. The contact should be audible over portions of the eastern U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



The Boy Scouts of America held its first national jamboree in 1937. There have been 17 jamborees since that first one, typically on a four-year rotation. The 2013 National Scout Jamboree will be the 18th such jamboree. Amateur radio has been a part of the jamboree experience since 1953, when K6BSA was in operation from Irvine Ranch in California. That was followed by K3BSA in 1957 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and KØBSA in 1964 from Colorado Springs, Colorado. K2BSA was established as the amateur radio station for the national office of the BSA in 1971. It has been in operation at every jamboree since 1977. Amateur radio satellite operations have been an element of the K2BSA program for several jamborees, and the ARISS direct contact with Space Station Commander Doug Wheelock during the BSA's centennial national jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, in 2010 was a highlight of the weeklong K2BSA amateur radio demonstration. 



Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 


1.  Were you in Scouting as a youth or as an adult leader?

2.  In Scouting we practice "Leave No Trace", meaning that we leave campsites  

    as we found them. How do you practice "Leave No Trace" in space?

3.  I am working on the Robotics Merit Badge and would like to know how 


    are being used on the space station.

4.  Have you ever put up a satellite in space?

5.  How do you communicate with your family while you are aboard the space 


6.  What food do you miss the most from Earth?

7.  How would you suggest that Scouting promote interest in science, 

    technology, engineering, and mathematics?

8.  What subjects should I study if I want to become an astronaut?

9.  Do stars' size and color look different when you see them in space?

10. How many other planets have you seen from the space station?

11. What is the most difficult task during this mission?

12. Can you see meteor showers from the ISS?

13. Do you ever have a good night's sleep on the space station, and do you 

    dream the same way as you do on Earth?

14. What would you like to do the most after you come back to the earth?

15. What would you like to do in space in the future?

16. How did you become interested in becoming an astronaut?

17. What do you do during your down time aboard the space station?

18. What is the most valuable thing you have learned since becoming an 


19. What does it feel like to walk in space?

20. What do you do if someone needs medical attention while in space?

21. What is one goal you want to achieve as an astronaut?





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Next planned event(s):


  1.  Colegio Uruguay, El Pinar, Uruguay, via LU8YY

      Sat, 20July2013, 19:05 UTC 


  2.  Scuola Italiana di  Montevideo (SIM), Montevideo, Uruguay, telebridge 

      via VK5ZAI

      Mon, 22July2013, 11:39 UTC 


  3.  Simulation contact  Radioclub of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, direct via 


      Mon, 22July2013, approximately 18:30-19:30 UTC

      This training session is with  Alexander Gerst KF5ONO.


  4.  Simulation contact Radioclub of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, direct via 


      Mon, 22July2013, approximately 18:30-19:30 UTC

      This training session is with Reid Wiseman, KF5LKT.


  5.  ESA Space Camp 2013, Radstadt, Austria, telebridge via VK4KHZ

      Wed, 24July2013, 11:44 UTC 




ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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