[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with YOTA Camp 2016 IARU-R1, Salzburg, Austria

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Fri Jul 15 01:59:48 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at YOTA Camp 2016 IARU-R1, Salzburg, Austria

on 18 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:25 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over Australia 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.



Youngsters On The Air is a youth camp which is held every summer since 2011. This year more than 25 teams from different countries of IARU (International Amateur Radio Union) Region 1 will travel to take part in YOTA, which will be organized by OeVSV in Wagrain Austria. 


Young Ham's will participate in activities as presentations, competitions, ARDF, kit building and much more. A main part of the program this year will be satellites, space, AMSAT and a contact with ISS. This will be a great chance and unforgettable moment for all youngsters.


Throughout the year several activities are being held. One of them is YOTA December month. Special call signs with YOTA in suffix are on the air to give youth a change to grab the mic. 


In YCP (Youth Contesting Program) youngsters are invited to travel to a big-gun contest station and take part with a youth team in a contest.


The goal of YOTA is to welcome new and young amateur radio operators to our hobby. To organize activities for the existing young radio amateurs and invite new youth to take part.



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


1.  How will the ISS contribute to future Space exploration?

2.  Is there daily maintenance onboard the ISS?

3.  Will there be future expansions of the ISS?

4.  What is it like to do Amateur Radio from the ISS?

5.  What's your favourite thing to do on the ISS?

6.  Can you access the internet in your free time?

7.  Do you never get scared of the distance between you and Earth?

8.  How do the astronauts communicate with each other on the ISS, via 


9.  How do you do the laundry in Space?

10.  Is everybody ham radio licensed onboard the ISS?

11.  Is there any backup power supply on the ISS or is it only working on 

     solar power?

12.  When you communicate with a ground station your signal will suffer from 

     Doppler shift. Who does take care of frequency correction?

13.  When you travel so fast onboard the ISS, time should pass slower than on 

     Earth. Can you measure it?

14.  Do you encounter interference from other electrical devices with your 

     radio onboard?

15.  Why do you lose radio contact during reentry into the atmosphere?

16.  Do you have a smartphone onboard?

17.  Can you detect pollution of radio frequency spectrum from above? 

18.  Is there a difference in air pollution above different continents of 


19.  Do you use software defined radio technology onboard?

20.  Do you have animals onboard the ISS?







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   Next planned event(s):


1.  United Space School hosted by the Foundation for  International Space 

    Education (FISE), Seabrook TX, telebridge via W6SRJ   

    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

    The scheduled  astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ 

    Contact is a go for: Tue 2016-07-19  14:52:20 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), and the 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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