[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with the National Boy Scout Jamboree, Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

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Wed Jul 28 09:14:15 PDT 2010

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree, Fort A. P. Hill,  Virginia on 31 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:21 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K2BSA/4. The contact should be audible over the eastern U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America organization was incorporated on February 8, 1910 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1916. Scouting in the United States is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults that will build character, train youth in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness through rich experiences.

2010 National Scout Jamboree July 26 - Aug. 4, 2010
One hundred years of Scouting in the United States will come to life at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree as approximately 45,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff from all 50 states, territories, and foreign countries will have the opportunity to live, work, and play together in an atmosphere of Scouting fellowship. The setting for the quadrennial jamboree is Fort A. P. Hill, near Bowling Green, VA.

Scouting Merit Badge Programs
In part, scouts learn about science, math, technology, sports, crafts, business and future careers as they are exposed to the merit badge program. There are more than 100 merit badges offered in all fields to scouting youth. Merit Badges other than Radio include other technical content such as Electronics, Electricity, Engineering, Medical, Photography, Computers and more. Scouts select a subject they want to know more about then talk with a scouting leader about their interests. The scout then follows requirements for the merit badge he selected. A counselor who has special knowledge in the merit badge subject is assigned to assist the youth in finishing the requirements. When the scout is ready he calls the counselor to show he has met the requirements. When the counselor is satisfied the scout has met each requirement, the Merit Badge application may be approved. Once approved by the Scoutmaster, the scout will receive the specific merit badge emblem that can then be secured to his uniform.

Amateur Radio
Amateur Radio is included in the BSA Radio Merit Badge requirements. Requirements for the Radio Merit Badge include explaining different types of radio communications, diagramming how radio waves propagate, recognizing and discussing the electromagnetic spectrum, safety precautions when around radio gear, understanding and explaining electrical circuits, participating in a 10 minute radio contact using voice or CW, explaining Q signals, the proper use of radio and emergency communications and a visit to a working radio station such as K2BSA at the National Jamboree. 

By the ARISS team facilitating a QSO with K2BSA scouts, the ISS crew members will assist in building a love and interest on the part of youth toward becoming involved in the sciences and the International Space Program. 


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


1.  I am a Boy Scout, do you think our scouting programs could have a 

    positive effect on space exploration? If so, how?
2.  What sort of obstacles did you have to tackle to become an astronaut?
3.  Are astronauts taught like Boy Scouts to improvise support devices or 

    tools if equipment fails?
4.  Looking back at Earth what strikes you the most about the view of planet 

5.  Are astronauts in danger of micro-particles hitting them or the 

    International Space Station? If so what protection does one have?
6.  As you look back at Earth are you able to see the oil-spill in the Gulf 

    of Mexico and if so what are your thoughts?
7.  What do you notice about the effects of weightlessness on your body and 

    do you expect a long-term effect?
8.  What is your primary work assignment on the ISS?
9.  Has your appetite changed now that you are at the International Space 

    Station? If so how?
10. Do you find the space station a noisy place? If so why?
11. Are you and your team performing experiments that absolutely require 

    human involvement? If so Why?
12. Do you think humans will be able to achieve long-range space exploration 

    and settlements? If so what must be accomplished first?
13. What kind of extra training did you have to take to be in space for a 

    prolonged time?
14. What was your favorite subject in school and why? 
15. Are you a Boy Scout, and if so, did you make it to Eagle? 
16. Where did you go to college and what were your degree(s)? 
17. Do you have a favorite constellation if so what and why? 
18. If you were not an astronaut, what other career would you choose?
19. What is your favorite activity at the ISS to pass the time?
20. How many satellites are in space and who put them there? 
21. Do stars look any different from your point of view in space? 
22. What's it like in space?
23. What can you do in space that you will miss not being able to do on 

24. What can you do on Earth that you miss not being able to do in Space?



Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact. 


Next planned event(s):


1.    Boy Scout Space Jamboree, Rantoul, IL, (direct)

   Sat 7 AUG 2010  18:21 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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