[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2020-04-08 22:30 UTC

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Wed Apr 8 22:43:17 UTC 2020

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2020-04-08 22:30 UTC


Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:







Looking for some stay at home activities related to science and for when you are not playing on your radio?  Check out these links:   



>From ARISS Vice Chair Oliver Amend DG6BCE: ESA Astronauts to offer inspiration during isolation in       #SpaceConnectsUs



In Europe and around the world, we’ve been getting used to a different way of living in recent weeks. On Thursday, 26 March, ESA and long-time partner Asteroid Day will host #SpaceConnectsUs – a chance to connect across borders and hear from space explorers, artists, and scientists about how to manage ourselves and our environment as our communities battle a global pandemic.

#SpaceConnectsUs is an online event running on March 26th from 16:00–21:00 CET (15:00–20:00 GMT) on ESA WebTV and ESA YouTube to help everyone practising social distancing or in isolation enjoy science, our home planet, and our dreams of the sky above us. 

The programme will feature remote connections with astronauts and guests from all over the world.  The presenters and guests will speak to children, young adults and their families and friends about their experience and techniques in confined places, lessons in life from space exploration, their trust in science and their sources of inspiration.  The programme runs in five language segments starting at 16:00 in Dutch, followed by German (17:00 CET), Italian (18:00 CET), French (19:00 CET) and English (20:00 CET, 19:00 GMT).


Celestron, the telescope, microscope, and sports optics folks, now has something called #STEMINYOURBACKYARD that you can find on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.  By the way, I don't work for Celestron or have any business dealings with them and this is just something I saw.  Apparently there are 10 free STEM activities covering Astronomy, Nature and Wildlife, and The Microscopic World.  Check out:  https://www.celestron.com/blogs/news/discover-stem-in-your-backyard 


NASA has a STEM page with fun activities to do at home.  Check out https://www.nasa.gov/stem 




ARISS is very aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools and the public in general.  As such, we may have last minute cancellations or postponements of school contacts.  As always, I will try to provide everyone with near-real-time updates.  


The following schools have now been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19:  



SPDW Voortrekker Movement, Oranjeville, South Africa, direct via ZS9SPD

RO-SAT One, Piatra-Neamț, Romania, direct via YRØISS

McConnell Middle School, Loganville, GA, prefer direct via KD4TGR

Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, direct via N4FR

Oakwood School, Morgan Hill, CA, direct via AE6XM

Ramona Lutheran School, Ramona, CA, direct via N6ROR



Electromagnetic Field, Ledbury, United Kingdom, direct via GB4EMF





The ARISS webpage is at https://www.ariss.org/    


Watch for future COVID-19 related announcements here also.



Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.


The main page for Applying to Host a Scheduled Contact may be found at https://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html    

ARISS Contact Applications (United States)



Note, all times are approximate.  It is recommended that you do your own 

orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the listed 


All dates and times listed follow International Standard ISO 8601 date and 

time format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS


The complete schedule page has been updated as of 2020-04-08 22:30 UTC. (***)

Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school contacts, and 

questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites, and 

instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.






The successful school list has been updated as of 2020-03-21 00:00 UTC. 





The ARISS webpage is at https://www.ariss.org/    

Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.


The main page for Applying to Host a Scheduled Contact may be found at https://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html    


ARISS Contact Applications (United States)


The ARISS webpage is at https://www.ariss.org/    

Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.



Message to US Educators


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 


Contact Opportunity 


Call for Proposals 


Upcoming Proposal Window is February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020 


The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS is happy to announce a proposal window will open February 1, 2020 for contacts that would be held between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. 


The proposal window for contacts between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 will open on February 1, 2020 and close on March 31, 2020.  Proposal information and documents can be found at www.ariss.org. Two ARISS Introductory Webinar sessions will be held on November 7, 2019. The first is at 6:00 PM ET and the second is at 9:00 PM ET. The same material will be covered during both sessions, so choose the session that best fits your schedule. The Eventbrite link to sign up is https://ariss-introductory-webinar-fall-2019.eventbrite.com .


The Opportunity 


Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session. 


An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact. 


Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio organizations' volunteer efforts provide the equipment and operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world using Amateur Radio.  


More Information


For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Webinars, go to www.ariss.org.


Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education at gmail.com. 


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 ISS National Lab and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.



ARISS Contact Applications (Europe, Africa and the Middle East)


Schools and Youth organizations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East interested in setting up an ARISS radio contact with an astronaut on board the International Space Station are invited to submit an application from September to October and from February to April.

Please refer to details and the application form at www.ariss-eu.org/school-contacts.  Applications should be addressed by email to:  school.selection.manager at ariss-eu.org


ARISS Contact Applications (Canada, Central and South America, Asia and Australia and Russia)


Organizations outside the United States can apply for an ARISS contact by filling out an application.  Please direct questions to the appropriate regional representative listed below. If your country is not specifically listed, send your questions to the nearest ARISS Region listed. If you are unsure which address to use, please send your question to the ARISS-Canada representative; they will forward your question to the appropriate coordinator.


For the application, go to:  https://www.ariss.org/ariss-application.html.

ARISS-Canada and the Americas, except USA: Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD email to: ve3tbd at gmail.com

ARISS-Japan, Asia, Pacific and Australia: Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ email to: ariss at iaru-r3.org, Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) https://www.jarl.org/

ARISS-Russia: Soyuz Radioljubitelei Rossii (SRR) https://srr.ru/




ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts.  ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance.  Feel free to send your reports to aj9n at amsat.org or aj9n at aol.com.


Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.8Ø MHz.




All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise noted.



Several of you have sent me emails asking about the RAC ARISS website and 
not being able to get in.  That has now been changed to https://www.ariss.org/


Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.



Looking for something new to do?  How about receiving DATV from the ISS?  Please note that the HamTV system has been brought back to earth for troubleshooting.  Please monitor ARISS-EU or ARISS-ON for the very latest news on the troubleshooting efforts.  


If interested, then please go to the ARISS-EU website for complete details.  Look for the buttons indicating Ham Video.             




If you need some assistance, ARISS mentor Kerry N6IZW, might be able to provide some insight.  Contact Kerry at kbanke at sbcglobal.net



The HamTV webpage:  https://www.amsat-on.be/hamtv-summary/



ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over 100 schools: 


Francesco IKØWGF with 140

Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 138 

Sergey RV3DR with 133 

Gaston ON4WF with 123



The webpages listed below were all reviewed for accuracy. Out of date 

webpages were removed, and new ones have been added.  If there are additional 

ARISS websites I need to know about, please let me know.




Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 1387. 

Each school counts as 1 event.                                   

Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 1320. 

Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.

Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 48. 


A complete year by year breakdown of the contacts may be found in the 




Please feel free to contact me if more detailed statistics are needed.



The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS contact:
South Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, and the Virgin Islands.




QSL information may be found at:






Frequency chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing 

Doppler correction as of 2005-07-29 04:00 UTC


Check out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts





Exp. 60 on orbit 

Drew Morgan KI5AAA


Exp. 61 on orbit 

Oleg Skripochka

Jessica Meir




Charlie Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team mentors







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