[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with OK2KJT Radioclub, Valasska Polanka, Czech Republic

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Aug 9 03:30:42 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at OK2KJT Radioclub, Valasska Polanka, Czech Republic on 10 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:56 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR1ISS and OK2KJT. The contact should be audible over the Czech Republic 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.



The International Electronic and Ham Radio Camp is a volunteer project led by the members of three radio clubs: OK2KJT, OK2KFJ and OK2KDJ. The summer camp is located in the Czech Republic (locator: JN78XW) and lasts 11 days. The objective is to get 44 children between 10 and 16 years interested in electronics and to demonstrate to them a fantastic world of amateur radio. The camp stuff is composed of experienced and enthusiastic semiconductor industry professionals who are also volunteer during the school year, leading children's free time electronic groups every week. 


Children make electronic equipment, build antennas, participate in HF and VHF ham radio contests, listen to amateur satellites and try the Amateur Radio Direction Finding (abr. ARDF). Except a technical programme, sport, games, competitions and various activities promoting sense of community and team spirit - these activities are performed in the camp and its surrounding forest. Some children had already been interested in amateur radio and obtained their own licenses.


The camp started in 2012 and this year, it is already its 5th edition. It is a completely self-financed venture (no grants, no funding needed). A lot of photos from the last year(s) can be seen on this website: http://www.elektrotabor.cz/2015.



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


1.  What is the temperature inside and outside the ISS?

2.  What would you compare the smell of the stations recycled air which you 

    breathe to?

3.  What percentage of all the buttons, keypads and switches on the ISS do 

    you perfectly know in terms of functionality?

4.  Could the human eye see a strong light source, like a car high beam, from 

    Earth pointing out the ISS at night?

5.  Is there any component or device currently deployed in operation on the 

    ISS which has been completely made by 3D printing?

6.  How often do you operate a ham radio station, except the ARISS project?

7.  Based on your personal experience, do you believe people could 

    successfully sustain very long space travels, for example to Mars, in 

    small spacecrafts?

8.  Do you work on changing shifts on the ISS?

9.  If necessary, how do you scratch your face while you are in the space 

    suit in the open space?

10.  Is the taste of food on the ISS as on Earth or synthetic?

11.  Is the travel from Earth to the ISS and back survivable for an ordinary 


12.  What is your opinion about the progress in the space industry since the   

     first Moon landing 50 years ago, up till now when humans are just 

     orbiting Earth?

13.  Do you have any program for making and growing own food on the ISS?

14.  How long would it take to prepare for the emergency exit?

15.  Do you believe that today or in nearest future there could be 

     manufactured and launched new generation satellite entirely made by 3D 


16.  How much free time do you have every day?

17.  When you are watching Earth from the ISS window, have you changed your 

     mind regarding your personal opinions on humans, human society, ecology 

     and other local and global problems?

18.  Do you feel the infinite size of the space?

19.  How much exercise do you need to keep yourself fit?

20.  How do you communicate from the space with your family?





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Next planned event(s):


      1. U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville AL, telebridge via IK1SLD 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS

         The scheduled astronaut is Kate Rubins KG5FYJ

         Contact is a go for: Thu 2016-08-11 14:48:24 UTC


      2. Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, Vestal NY, direct via K2ZRO

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ 

         Contact is a go for: Thu 2016-08-18 16:24:42 UTC


      3. Daisen Elementary School, Saihaku-gun, Japan, direct via 8J4DISS

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Takuya Onishi KF5LKS

         Contact is a go for: Sat 2016-08-20 08:50:19 UTC



About ARISS: 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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