Ham Radio - Talk to the Astronauts this week
3t3 at comcast.net
Sun Jul 22 07:46:31 CDT 2012
Manassas area to have two ARISS contact passes this week
What is ARISS?
The ARISS program is a cooperative venture of Ham Radio and NASA (NASA,
the ARRL and AMSAT) and other international space agencies that
organizes scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between children and
astronauts & cosmonauts aboard the ISS (International Space Station).
With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs, and
coordination from the ARISS Team, the ISS crew members speak directly
with audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies
or at science museums, Scout camporees and jamborees and space camps.
There will be two ARISS contacts over your area this week, and we should
be able to copy the 145.80 MHz downlink on both passes.
The first will be tomorrow (Monday, July 23) with the Women in
Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
(W2RIT). It will be a descending pass (northwest to southeast), peaking
northeast of Manassas. Here are the times for the Prince William County
area, with AOS (acquisition of signal) LOS (loss of signal) data:
AOS: 13:31:45 UTC 315/0 (AOS for the school will be 13:30:57)
PEAK: 13:36:59 UTC 31/30
LOS: 13:42:10 UTC 106/0
The second one will be on Thursday (July 26) with the Virginia Air and
Space Center in Hampton (KE4ZXW). It will be a descending pass again,
but peaking southwest of Manassas this time.
AOS: 14:06:28 UTC 297/0 (AOS for the school will be 14:06:54)
PEAK: 14:11:30 UTC 228/23
LOS: 14:16:28 UTC 159/0
It will be a female astronaut at the mic on both of these contacts
(Sunita Williams). She is one of the Expedition 32 crew members that
arrived onboard the ISS last week (July 17). (See her bio below.)
So listen in on the downlink frequencies for these contacts, it should
be informative and fun !.
3t3 at comcast.net
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