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An International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with participants at the 58th Hamilton Scout Group and the scheduled astronaut is David St-Jacques, KG5FYI.

The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and it will be a direct contact via VE3DC.

The contact is scheduled to begin at approximately 2:31 pm EDT (18:31:06 UTC 38 deg) but a pre-contact event will begin at 1:30 EDT. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.  

The contact should be audible over Ontario, Canada 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.

During David Saint-Jacques’ mission, Radio Amateurs of Canada hopes to establish as many as 20 contacts between the astronaut and youth, both in Canada and around the world.

Source: ARISS Mentor Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD

Additional information from the 58th Hamilton Scout Group’s

For 10 minutes on April 6, 2019, our youth will establish an Amateur Radio link to the International Space Station and ask astronaut David St. Jacques questions about space!

This adventure was made possible by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program which coordinates the scheduled contact with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency.

The event will take place when all of our different sections – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers – are camping together at Mount Nemo Scout Camp. We will be supported in this project by the Hamilton Amateur Radio Club.

Our youth are planning several fun activities in preparation for this once in a lifetime event. The two Cub packs have planned to use the STEM Space Exploration Kit to create some activities that would introduce the youth to the fundamentals of space exploration in a fun and intuitive way. Our Cubs have used this resource in the past with great results.

To read about how this particular resource was put to optimal use by the Riverdale Cub Scout pack a few years ago please visit:

The 58th Hamilton Scout Group provides youth across genders aged 5 to 26 the opportunity to participate in educational activities in keeping with the “Canadian Path” program established by Scouts Canada. The “Canadian Path” encourages curiosity and imagination by encouraging youth to pursue their individual interests and skills within a program structure unique to the Scout movement.

The “Canadian Path” also lays strong emphasis on Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM) activities. The radio contact with astronaut St. Jacques aboard the ISS will therefore help us further our educational mandate, as it relates to Scouts Canada’s STEM emphasis.


Here is the list of questions our youth will ask astronaut St. Jacques:

  1. When did you realize you wanted to be involved in the space program, and what did you do to give yourself the opportunities to get there?
  2. What does the earth look like from space?
  3. Why do you float in space?
  4. How do you eat in space?
  5. Have you ever experienced any space sickness and what do you do to overcome it?
  6. What science experiments are you doing on the ISS right now?
  7. What do you do for fun in space?
  8. How often do you put on your spacesuit and is it comfortable to wear?
  9. How do you communicate with others on the ISS who speak different languages?
  10. Do you use boosters to move around the outside of the station?
  11. How do you get a steady supply of goods to the ISS, when you are up there for so long?
  12. What is the best part of being in space?
  13. What would happen if a meteorite hit the Space Station?
  14. How does the spaceship fly without rocket boosters in space?
  15. What happens if you shoot a gun in space?
  16. How do you sneeze in space?
  17. How do you do your laundry on the ISS?

For more information on ARISS please visit:

RAC ARISS webpage:

Main ARISS website: