[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with VCP-Bundeszeltplatz, Großzerlang, Germany

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Jul 31 03:41:37 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at VCP-Bundeszeltplatz, Großzerlang, Germany on 01 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:20 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and DP9S. The contact should be audible over Germany 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 "Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder"(BdP) is a Guide and Scout Association from Germany. BdP is part of the "World Organisation of the Scout Movement" (WOSM) and the "World Association 

of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts" (WAGGGS). 


Every four years a National Jamboree (summer camp) is organized, where about 5'500 guides and scouts, in the age of 12 to 16 years, meet. Part of this gathering are also about 500 guest scouts from all over the world.In German the camp is called "BuLa" - a abbreviation for "Bundeslager". 


During two weeks the scouts live peaceful together and enjoy life abroad from civilization. They camp in traditional "black tents", which are a specialty of German scouts. The basic tent shape it that of a small tipi (Kothe) our a yurt (Jurte). But there are nearly no limits in combining the tent elements and the scouts build awesome constructions, which they call yurt-castle (Jurtenburg). After everything is built, the campground becomes a little city, where the inhabitants experience a unique back-to-the-roots atmosphere and share thescouting and guiding spirit. 


The 10 main camp days are loaded with exciting outdoor activities.But there on site actives but also excursions to the surroundings. You can climb, build pioneering stuff, go geocaching, biking, hiking, climbing, swimming, canoeing, go for a drink or snack in on of the tent coffees, etc. etc. One activity spot is the scout-radio-amateur-tent. There the scouts can do amateur radio direction finding (fox hunting), play a game with avalanche beacons, have internationalamateur radio contacts, learn about EME (earth-moon-earth) and try it out or play one of the other radio connected games.  And of course, a highlight of ours is the contact with the ISS. 


The motto of the camp is "Estonteco 2017". "Estonteco" means in Esperanto "future". Our tent city will be a space for different walks of life, nationalities and cultures, to engage and get know each other, while we build our camp world from scratch. 




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


1. What are the current research projects that you have on board the ISS? 

   Which experiment are you carrying out?

2. What skills do you need to become an astronaut and how do you acquire 


3. What was the most important or most spectacular scientific discovery made 

   on the ISS up to now?

4. What if somebody gets seriously sick? 

5. What was your motivation to become an astronaut?

6. What was the most critical situation on the station so far?

7. Can you see our Jamboree site from space and could it help if we shine a 

   laser pen towards the ISS?

8. How do the constellation of the stars change compared to the view from the 


9. How often are you working outside in Space? Is it dangerous?

10. How do you shower in space?

11. Is it possible to see the romantic sunsets from the ISS like from the 

    Earth? Or even polar lights? What about rainbows?

12. What happens, when a meteorite hits the space station?

13. How does the food taste?

14. When you are looking out of the window towards the Earth, do you 

    sometimes think of the insignificance of humanity or of your own person?

15. What is the most annoying thing up there?

16. What are you most excited about, when you are back on Earth?

17. How do you experience the day-night-rhythm?

18. Do you have plants?

19. You've been away from home for a long time. How is that for you?

20. What do you miss most?





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Next planned event(s):


      1.            Frontiers of Flight Museum/ Moon Day, Dallas,TX, telebridge via ON4ISS

                    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  TBD

                    The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

                    Contact is a go: Sat  2017-08-05 18:02 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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