[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Heart of America Council Boy Scouts of America, Kansas City, MO

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Fri Sep 22 04:37:22 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Heart of America Council Boy Scouts of America, Kansas City, MO on 23 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:03 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 W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west 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.



The Scouting 500 is a Council wide event of the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America.  The Council serves 29,830 youth and 14,255 adult leaders in the 17 bordering Missouri and Kansas counties which constitute the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area.  We expect 12,000 to 14,000 boys and their adult leaders and parents.

The Scouting 500 is taking place on the grounds of the NASCAR Kansas Speedway.  In the infield of the track we will have 114 different activities for the attendees.  That of course includes a demonstration NASCAR Stock Car race with 5 regular NASCAR cars and their drivers.   More on the Scouting line we have a large artificial trout pool where the boys can tie their own flies and practice casting.  Another tank will conduct scuba lessons.  There will be custom cars, bb guns, a hot air balloon, go carts, archery, scout skills and of course a substantial STEM area.


The highlight of our STEM program is the ARISS contact.   The contact will be a part of the STEM-Amateur Radio Exhibit.  The exhibit includes educational displays about amateur, a morse code station where the Scouts can practice sending and receiving their name and unit number to one another and other information about the International Space Station.  Key to the exhibit are radio stations manned with licensed operators each operating in one of several different modes.  We will have VHF\UHF featuring repeater usage, APRS and ECHOLINK.  We will have HF stations running CW, SSB, JT65 and remote and other digital modes.  Our call sign is K2BSA/0.


We look forward to working the ISS.    




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


1. What was purpose of the last spacewalk and did you get to go on it?

2. For boosting the space station's orbit, what is typically used if not Zarya?

3. If someone gets hurt or sick who gives them first aid?

4. What have you done for entertainment that is unique to do in space?

5. How do you exercise on the space station and how do your muscles feel in gravity?

6. What is your current experiment and why is it best done in space?

7. Can you make out cities from space at night?

8. What is your favorite meal and how is it prepared?

9. What is the next big thing in space exploration in your opinion?

10. What got you interested in being an astronaut?

11. How difficult is it to get used to gravity once you come back to earth?

12. How long does it take to get to the station from earth?

13. What is the best type of college degree to get to become an astronaut?

14. Is being weightless like swimming under water? It seems you move slowly.

15. Do you find it hard to sleep with so much going on around you all the time? 

16. What is your opinion about privately trained astronauts working in space and possibly aboard the ISS?

17. What did the recent solar eclipse look like from space?

18. When you return to earth how long will it take to get used to gravity?

19. How long can you be outside the ISS in a spacesuit before you have to return?

20. Do you have a telescope on board since you can see clearer without the earth's atmosphere?






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Next planned event(s):


  1. Colegio Nueva Concepcion,  San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina, direct via 


      The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

      The scheduled astronaut is Joe Acaba KE5DAR

      Contact is a go: Thu 2017-09-28 17:51 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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