[sarex] ARISS Contact Sunday

John Spasojevich johnag9d at gmail.com
Fri Sep 7 20:14:41 PDT 2012

Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at the

Tara Anglican School, North Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia,  on
Sunday September 9th. AOS is approximately 0850 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The
contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and ON4ISS in Belgium. The
contact should be audible over the east coast of the U.S. Interested
parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is
expected to be conducted in English.

  Tara was selected by Oxford University as the Australian school to
participate in the *Global Jet Watch Program* which links astronomers at
Oxford University with students from four high schools around the world in
Australia, Chile, South Africa and India in order to carry out cutting edge
research.* *Oxford University has installed a research grade 20 inch RC
Optical telescope, together with custom designed instrumentation and an
observatory with a 4.5 metre dome in Tara's grounds for use by the students.

Tara also has formed a partnership with the Astronomical Society of NSW
(ASNSW) though which the students are mentored in complex astronomy
projects by experienced amateur astronomers who volunteer their time and
expertise. The ASNSW runs astronomy courses at Tara and has opened Crago
Observatory at Bowern Mountain to students of the *Space Odyssey Team. *

 Audio from this contact will be fed into the:

EchoLink *AMSAT* (101377) and *JK1ZRW* (277208) servers

IRLP Node 9010 Discovery Reflector

Audio on Echolink is generally transmitted around 20 minutes prior to the
contact taking place so that you can hear some of the preparation that
occurs. IRLP will begin just prior to the ground station call to the ISS.

Please note that on Echolink there are automatic breaks of 1.5 seconds in
the audio transmission. These occur every 2.5 minutes during the event.
Breaks on IRLP are manual and occur approximately after every third

** Contact times are approximate. If the ISS executes a reboost or other
manoeuvre, the AOS (Acquisition Of Signal) time may alter by a few minutes


John - AG9D
ARISS Audio Distribution

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