[amsat-bb] Video of reception of ISS Tulsa CC ARISS contact from Raleigh, NC

John Brier johnbrier at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 23:51:21 UTC 2015

On second thought, I probably shouldn't have called the ISS after I
thought this contact was over. These ARISS contacts are complicated
and highly coordinated and if random hams are trying to call the ISS,
even though the scheduled contacts use confidential uplink frequencies
and not the public uplink, you never know if it could confuse or
interfere with an astronaut or cosmonaut who isn't trained primarily
to make these contacts with schools. Afterall, they are done during
their free time, and if it becomes exceedingly difficult to make
contacts with schools and there is little reward, they are more likely
to not provide the time to do it at all. I recommend not trying to
call the ISS before, during, or after an official ARISS contact.

If you really want to make contact, you could encourage a local school
to submit an application, work with them as a mentor, and be the first
person who initiates the contact before handing the mic over to the
students. Such a good idea I might even do it myself.

John Brier, KG4AKV, Raleigh, NC, FM05

On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 4:45 PM, John Brier <johnbrier at gmail.com> wrote:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-XIz5OUXn4
> Unedited video from my phone of today's International Space Station
> (ISS) contact with Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Oklahoma as
> received in Raleigh, North Carolina on top of a landfill park. At some
> point I hope to edit the video from my digital SLR together with this
> video from my phone plus the voice recorder audio from my radio.
> 0:39 - beginning of reception
> 5:30 - ending of school contact and beginning of me unsuccessfully
> calling the ISS
> 7:55 - clearing and giving up
> 8:18 - explanation of situation/setup
> My reception of the ISS begins with Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka
> answering question number five from the list of prepared questions
> (see below). You won't be able to hear the students because they are
> too far away and they keep the uplink frequency confidential to avoid
> anyone trying to hijack the contact opportunity. The contact ends with
> them trying to ask question number 13, but it was apparently too noisy
> for Padalka to hear.
> 5. What are some things that you go through to be trained to become an
> astronaut?
> 6. What is the maximum amount of time recommended to be on the ISS due
> to lack of gravity?
> 7. Is it hard to integrate with other crew members that live on board
> the space station?
> 8. How do you keep a look out for space debris and how do you respond
> to avoid a possible collision?
> 9. Does each crew member work on the same experiments?
> 10. Of the current experiments, how many do you expect to complete
> while you are onboard the International Space Station?
> 11. What hobby or pass time items are you allowed to take on board the
> ISS from home?
> 12. What is the most interesting looking country from space?
> 13. What is the largest space object that has hit the ISS?
> Full details of the contact as provided by Amateur Radio on the
> International Space Station (ARISS):
> http://www.amsat.org/pipermail/sarex/2015/004315.html

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