[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Warren County Technical School, Washington, NJ

David H Jordan aa4kndhj at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 20:36:44 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at Warren County Technical School, Washington, NJ on 04 Nov.
The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:08 UTC. The duration of
the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be
direct between NA1SS and KC2WT. The contact should be audible over the east
coast of the U.S. and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to
listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be
conducted in English.

Warren County Technical School which proudly resides on Route 57 the main
local artery occupies 176,000 square feet on 40 acres.  Warren Tech boasts
a campus style setting, which it shares with Warren County Community
College, the County 911 Emergency Notification Center and the Warren County
Fire Academy.   This has been the school’s home since 1969.  This mostly
bucolic county is located in northwest New Jersey. Our student population
hails from the entirety of Warren County, which borders, Morris County to
the east, Sussex to the North, Hunterdon to the south and the State of
Pennsylvania to the west. Currently Tech’s high school enrollment is 478
students with approximately 80 staff members.  Students are enrolled in the
following career areas such as, Automotive, Culinary Arts, Engineering,
Theater and many others.

 In addition to our high school program we offer a post-secondary program,
which consists of the following:

* Black Seal

* Cosmetology

* Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning with Refrigeration

* Licensed Practical Nursing

GED classes and testing are also held in our facility.

Presently seven students have their Amateur Radio license and we hold an
after school radio club that runs a VE radio test session at least twice a
year for our students and community.

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

1.  Since astronauts have perfect vision, is it known whether there is any

    effect lack of gravity would have on an astigmatism?  Do changes to the

    pressure on the vitreous humor cause any changes to the eyesight of

    people with perfect vision?

2.  What, if any, changes in mental status can be attributed to the changes

    in the fluid in the sulci of the brain?

3.  Are there any discernible changes to growth patterns by staph or strep

    bacteria? Do colony sizes or shapes change in extended zero gravity


4.  What is the increased rate of kidney stone growth in astronauts and how

    do they deal with this?

5.  If there is a meteor or other space debris headed for the station, how

    would you assess the threat and is there any way to relocate the

6.  How do you sleep on station without floating away?

7.  What is your least favorite thing about living in space? Is the food


8.  Do your eating and drinking habits change due to lack of a circadian


9.  How do you shower in space?

10. How long does it take before you become too cold to work outside of the


11. What is the most difficult physical task to perform in space? Why?

12. Have you seen an alien?

13. What type of protection is necessary for UV radiation in space without

    the ozone layer?

14. What was your first thought when you entered the space station? Was it

    worth all the sacrifices?

15. Are there problems with venous blood return or lymph circulation?

16. What is the most beautiful thing or event you have seen in space?

17. What happens if there is a medical emergency on the station?

18. How does the schedule rotation for jobs work? Are there mandatory tasks

    that you prefer not to do?

19. Does sleeping with zero gravity while velcroed to the bed decrease back

    pain? Does it make you taller in space?


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Next planned event(s):

  1.  Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY, telebridge via IK1SLD

      Mon, 04Nov2013, 14:24 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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