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Combined Direct and Telebridge Contact ISS Commander Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC with Italian School PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 November 2010 19:41

Wednesday , 24 November, 2010 at 11:17 UTC, i.e. 12:17 local time, “Istituto Leopardi – Liceo classico e scientifico”, Lecco, Italy, established a combined telebridge and direct contact with US astronaut DOUG WHEELOCK, KF5BOC onboard the International Space Station.

The “Istituto Leopardi – Liceo classico e scientifico” operated a direct contact with callsign IZ2PWX, but suffered from antenna obscurations. Therefore, assistance was provided by Amateur Radio station IK1SLD, in Casale Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy. IK1SLD was candidate ARISS telebridge ground station and the contact was its validation.

The "Leopardi" Institute includes a scientific and a classic liceum. The school is located in the upper part of Lecco city. An amateur radio station was installed in the school, and the authorities granted the call sign to be used for the ARISS contact. Students and teachers share their interest for space science with experts of “ISAA” (Italian Space and Astronautics Association), established in Lecco. The students were involved in the preparation of this ARISS event in different ways. The training of the students comprised educative activities related to space, under guidance of the teachers’ team, such as listening to ARISS contacts during the months before the ARISS event.

 
ISS Commander Doug Wheelock – KF5BOC Appreciates Ham Radio PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 November 2010 19:44

Friday November 26 ISS Expedition 24 will return to earth. At 01.22 UTC, Soyuz 23S will undock from the International Space Station with Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI, Douglas H. Wheelock – KF5BOC and Shannon Walker – KD5DXB onboard.

Before leaving the Space Station, Commander Doug Wheelock recorded a video about Ham radio. He offered a nice mini tour of the ISS followed by a session of making ham contacts over N. America.

The 20 minutes video is available on NASA YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h73EYcyszf8

Doug’s enthousiasm is overwhelming.

 
ARISS contact planned with school in Lecco, Italy PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 November 2010 12:50

An ARISS educative radio contact is planned with Istituto Leopardi – Liceo classico e scientifico, Lecco,  Italy. The "Leopardi" Institute includes a scientific and a classic liceum. The school, located in the upper part of Lecco city, hosts radio station IZ2PWX.

The contact will be a combination of a direct contact and a telebridge. This is due to local obscurations.  Assistance will be provided by IK1SLD, Casale Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy. The contact will initiated by IK1SLD, then IZ2PWX will take over and finally IK1SLD will resume the exchanges till the end of the pass. The ISS callsign will be OR4ISS.

The ARISS school contact is scheduled  Wednesday November 24 at 11:17 UTC, which is 12 :17 CEWT.

The downlink signals will be audible all over Europe. The contact will be webcast on http://www.livestream.com/iq2er

 
ARISS contact with Euro Space Center successful PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 13:14

The ARISS School Contact scheduled with the Euro Space Center, Belgium, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 19.42 UTC, was a success.

US astronaut Doug Wheelock KF5BOC answered 15 questions from students of the International School of Zurich, Switzerland, who are on Space Camp at the Euro Space Center.  His answers were very detailed on every topic.

The contact was a telebridge operated by Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI, located in southern Australia. Doug answered Tony’s call immediately and the downlink signals were loud and clear during the whole pass, till the ISS went over the horizon.

The radio contact was distributed on EchoLink and on IRLP by John Spasojevitch AG9D. John noted connections from Australia, Canada, Belgium, Poland, Germany, U nited Kingdom, Italy and the USA.

An audio recording of this space talk will be appended to this Bulletin, archived at www.ariss-eu.org/archive.htm

 

 
ARISS Contact with Euro Space Center scheduled PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 November 2010 13:03

An ARISS School Contact has been scheduled with the Euro Space Center, Belgium, Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 19.42 UTC, which is 20.42 CEWT.

US astronaut Doug Wheelock KF5BOC will answer questions from students of the International School of Zurich, Switzerland, who are on Space Camp at the Euro Space Center. The contact will be a telebridge operated by Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI, located in southern Australia.

The radio contact will be distributed on EchoLink and on IRLP by John Spasojevitch AG9D. Interested parties can listen in on EchoLink AMSAT Conference server (node 101 377) or JK1ZRW ( node 277 208) or on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

 
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