ARRL and AMSAT — the US managing partners of the Amateur Radio of the International Space Station (ARISS) program — have announced that 11 schools or organizations submitting proposals have been selected to advance to the next stage of planning to host scheduled Amateur Radio contacts with ISS crew members next year. ARISS’s primary goal is to engage young people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities and raise awareness of space exploration, radio communications, and related areas of study and career possibilities.
ARISS anticipates that NASA will be able to provide scheduling opportunities for these US host organizations during the second half of 2017. The 11 candidate schools/organizations must now complete an acceptable equipment plan that demonstrates their ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once their equipment plan is approved by the ARISS technical team, the final selected schools/organizations will be scheduled as their availability and flexibility match up with NASA scheduling opportunities.
The schools and organizations are:
- 2017 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree, Glen Jean, West Virginia
- Antietam Elementary School, Woodbridge, Virginia
- Bishop Hendricken High School, Warwick, Rhode Island
- Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, Illinois
- Fleet Science Center, BE WiSE Program, San Diego, California
- Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, Texas
- Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, Kansas City, Missouri
- Los Angeles Academy Middle School, Los Angeles, California
- Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, California
- South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach, Florida
- West Virginia University, Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Morgantown, West Virginia.
DCU-3 Programmable Rotator Controller6 Programmable memories; Point & shoot and manual control!DCU-3 Digital Controllers feature six presets for beam headings, 1 degree accuracy and gives you fully automatic or manual control of your... Read more
The RSPduo is a high performance dual tuner SDR. Housed in a high quality steel enclosure, each tuner can operate individually anywhere between 1 kHz and 2 GHz with up to 10 MHz of bandwidth or both tuners can operate simultaneously anywher... Read more
Thomas Lindner, DL2RUM, is happy to announce the availability of version 3.3 of his RUMlogNG2Go logger for the iPhone and iPad. RUMlogNG2Go can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store. More information on RUMlogNG2Go can be found on Tom... Read more
” There are a few famous hams in our ranks and this week I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Ulrich Rohde, one of the founders of Rohde... Read more
Germany’s amateur satellite organization AMSAT-DL has submitted a comprehensive proposal to the European Space Agency (ESA) for its Lunar Amateur Radi... Read more
Luna Amateur Radio Transponder: A Communications Platform on the Large European Lander to support communication and payload experiments
“We are proposing the LunART Communications Platform on the Large European Lander which will support direct communication with earth through ama... Read more
The new newsletter of the IARU Monitoring System (aka ‘Intruder Watch’) has just been published. The most frequently reported intruders on... Read more