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Upcoming Contact: St John's School Authority in St John's, Newfoundland on March 27, 2024

Date: Wednesday, March 27 | Time: 16:25:27 UTC 89 deg | Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/@fidlerville
Telebridge via ON4ISS | Astronaut Loral O’Hara, KI5TOM
Astronauts Loral O'Hara and Jasmin Moghbeli give a thumbs up
Astronauts Loral O'Hara and Jasmin Moghbeli give a thumbs up

ARIn a nod to history and a leap into the future, Amateur Radio operators Lillian Fidler, VO1XYL and Jim Fidler, VO1RV, are spearheading a remarkable event that will connect Grade 9 students in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

With Newfoundland’s rich history in telecommunications, notably marked by Marconi’s reception of the first wireless telecommunication over 100 years ago, this event holds special significance. Marconi famously received the letter “S” in Morse code on Signal Hill in St. John’s, paving the way for future advancements in communication technology.

Now, with the assistance of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program – which aims to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through direct communication with ISS crew members – students in St. John’s will have the opportunity to engage in a live QSO (conversation) with an astronaut orbiting Earth aboard the ISS. The scheduled crew member for this event is Loral O’Hara KI5TOM, who is the Flight Engineer for Expedition 70.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Time: 16:25:27 UTC 89 deg

Telebridge via ON4ISS (Loral O’Hara KI5TOM)

Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/@fidlerville

To join the event, simply visit youtube.com/fidlerville and to be notified, just click on the “Subscribe” button, and click on the bell for notifications.

The Hosts:

Lillian and Jim Fidler are excited to facilitate this unique opportunity for Grade 9 students, bridging the past and the future of telecommunications right in St. John’s, Newfoundland. While Marconi received the letter ‘S’, Lillian and Jim will be engaging in 2 way communications with the ‘ISS’.

Special Guest Dr. Tamitha Skov (Space Weather Woman) will join us to share exciting insights into the weather event happening on that day.

Learn about Amateur Radio and the technology that brings this all together, from the ground station in Belgium to the ISS.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world including Radio Amateurs of Canada.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, firsthand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on the International Space Station can energize youth and instill an interest in science, technology, and learning.

ARISS’s mandate aligns perfectly with the educational objectives of this event, as it seeks to spark interest in radio science technology and encourage students to explore STEM fields through hands-on experiences like this one.

Further information on the ARISS program is available in the video provided below and on the ARISS webpage.

List of Questions

  1. Leary’s Brook Junior High AC: Can you describe what Earth looks like from your view?
  2. St. Paul’s Junior High SW: Did you learn anything in Junior High that is useful to your life as an astronaut?
  3. St. Paul’s Junior High TK: What training do you receive to respond to a serious injury or illness while in space?
  4. St. Paul’s Junior High SK: What kinds of experiments are being carried out on board the ISS these days?
  5. Mount Pearl Intermediate: How long did it take to become an astronaut? What was your path/education that led to this career?
  6. Amalgamated Academy: Does being on the ISS give you the same feeling as pulling out of your driveway to go on a trip, or is there a different sense of homesickness?
  7. Leary’s Brook Junior High AC: Do you believe there could be life on another planet?
  8. St. Paul’s Junior High SW: Is there anything that surprised you about space?
  9. St. Paul’s Junior High TK: During your journey to and from space, do you prefer ascending into space or descending back to Earth?
  10. St. Paul’s Junior High SK: How do you keep a daily routine without a single sunrise/sunset?
  11. Mount Pearl Intermediate: What is the travel time to the space station?
  12. Amalgamated Academy: How does being on the ISS change your appreciation for planet Earth?
  13. Leary’s Brook Junior High AC: How do you use the bathroom in space?
  14. St. Paul’s Junior High SW: What advice do you have for students who are interested in pursuing space science as a potential career?
  15. St. Paul’s Junior High TK: How does the ISS protect itself from space debris?
  16. Amalgamated Academy: Does your physical view and perspective on space change while you are on station?
  17. Mount Pearl Intermediate: How many people are in the space station right now? How big is the station itself?

Previous Contacts: 

2023:

2022:

2020:

2019:

YouTube video of ARISS contact with Airdrie Science Space Camp
YouTube video of ARISS contact with Airdrie Science Space Camp

Successful ARISS Multi-Point Contact: Friday, May 15, 2020

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program conducted a successful test of its distance-learning ARISS radio contacts with astronauts on the morning of Friday, May 15.

Youth members of the Airdrie Space Science Club (ASSC) in Airdrie, Alberta were able to engage in a Q&A session with US astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

You can view a video the successful contact on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/2mflSlShPHA

The event featured an overview of the ARISS program complete with two videos describing the efforts here on Earth and in space required to make the contacts. Thankfully, this was then followed by a very successful contact with the ISS and Q&A.

For more information please visit:

ARISS contact with the Airdrie Space Science Club in Alberta: Friday, May 15

Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio

Cover of July-August 2020 TCAThe primary purpose of ARISS is to organize scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or informal education venues.

With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centres and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio.

On April 28, 2020 in response to the global pandemic, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) announced a new concept called Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio, allowing school contacts for Stay-At-Home students and simultaneous reception by families, school faculty and the public.

“During the last several weeks, efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus have resulted in massive school closures worldwide. In addition, the Stay-At-Home policies invoked by authorities, initially shut down opportunities for ARISS school contacts for the near future.

To circumvent these challenges and keep students and the public safe, ARISS is introducing the Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio concept.

During this event, an ARISS telebridge radio ground station will link to the astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) Amateur Radio station and each Stay-At-Home student and their teacher will be individually linked to the telebridge station. Under the teacher’s direction, each student, from their home, takes a turn asking their question of the astronaut.”

ARISS Chair Frank Bauer said:

“This approach is a huge pivot for ARISS, but we feel it is a great strategic move for ARISS. In these times of isolation due to the virus, these ARISS connections provide a fantastic psychological boost to students, families, educators and the public. And they continue our long-standing efforts to inspire, engage and educate student in STEAM subjects and encourage them to pursue STEAM careers.”

The Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio concept requires three things:

  • the ARISS telebridge radio ground station – a satellite Amateur Radio station with special equipment that an ARISS team member uses for teleconferencing
  • the astronaut on the International Space Station using the ARISS Amateur Radio station
  • students at their homes here on Earth

The telebridge radio operator links to the astronaut at the ARISS radio mic, and each youth then connects from home via their telephones. Their families can listen along with school faculty and the public from home.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-JacquesMission “Perspective” and ARISS

On December 3, 2018, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques, KG5FYI, who is originally from Quebec City, travelled to space on his first mission  “Perspective.”

He spent about six and a half months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), where he conducted science experiments, operated Canadarm2 and tested new technologies.

Complete information about his mission is available online at the following link: Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques’ mission

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world.

ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through Amateur Radio. 

The Canadian ARISS Team will schedule all of the contacts between the Space Station and schoolchildren and we will provide updated information on these contacts on this webpage throughout 2019 and in the pages of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

http://www.ariss.org/

Images: © Canadian Space Agency and NASA