[sarex] Teven-Tintenbar / ISS Contact Report
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Wed Aug 16 14:24:02 PDT 2006
Teven-Tintenbar / ISS ARISS School Link-up 11th August 2006
The students from the small public school of Teven-Tintenbar, located in
the Northern Rivers Region of New South Wales, Australia had a
successful direct contact with the ISS on the evening of Aug.11, 2006.
For several weeks prior to the event the principal, Mr. Keith Scott and
staff had been preparing and releasing reports to the local media on the
schools preparation. Children had been busy making models of space
stations, rockets, shuttles and planets as well as painting murals to
decorate the school.
The big day had almost arrived and along with Nick,VK2ZTY who instigated
the idea of ARISS contact Jack,VK2TRF and the Summer-land Amateur Radio
Club set-up the Satellite Station with a full backup at the School,
complete with computer controlled crossed Yagi antennas and a 70 cm.
link back to VK2RSC in Lismore for an audio feed into Echo-link.
Contact with the ISS was to be made at 5.32 pm local time so the school
decided to devote the whole afternoon and evening to space, inviting
“The Cosmic Couple” to attend during the afternoon bringing along their
inflatable astrodome, 2 telescopes and model rocket display and speak to
the children about astronomy and space.
During the afternoon parent groups and teachers alike where preparing
salads, cakes, coffee, and barbeques ready to feed both children and
visitors after it was all over.
By 4.00 p.m. this small primary school of only 180 students started to
receive visitors for the evenings event and by 5:00 pm. it was estimated
that between 350 - 400 parents and visitors had arrived.
The actual contact took place from within the school library with the
students who were taking part, their parents and radio equipment filling
the room. A second and third room where set-up, complete with seating,
and live audio and video for the guests. When it became obvious still
more space would be required a large screen and video projector with
audio was set-up outside for the overflow.
Tony, VK5ZAI, the ARISS coordinator for Australia was present and spoke
with 2 classes in the morning, then addressed the gathering just before
contact was made, explaining the objects of ARISS and naming its sponsors.
Nick, VK2ZTY was hoping that their oldest Radio Club member who has just
turned 100 would be there to call the Space Station, however he wasn’t
available so he want to the other extreme and asked the youngest member
instead. Amy, VK2FCAT who is just 12 years old and has recently obtained
her foundation licence stepped in and did a superb job.
After making contact with the space Station 17 of the 23 students
received answers from Astronaut Jeff Williams before the ISS went below
the horizon. At this point Tony was again called upon to answer the last
6 student questions that hadn’t been answered as well as several more
from the audience.
The School Captain then presented each of those who helped make the
evening a success with a small gift.
The highlight of the evening being over, the crowd dispersed outside to
enjoy the food that was prepared earlier in the day.
The final thrill for everyone was 91 minutes later just after sunset
when the ISS could be clearly seen to the north on its next orbit
Numerous press where there, along with radio and TV, as well as a
private video photographer making a documentary video.
Regards Tony. VK5ZAI
P.O.Box 470 Kingston SE
South Australia 5275
Australian ARISS Co-ordinator
and Satellite ground Station.
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