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ARISS contact successful with Newfoundland Marconi Ceremony

Hi all,

VO1S and NA1SS just completed a successful ARISS contact at 2001-12-12 19:31 UTC.  This contact occurred during the 100th anniversary celebration of Marconi's first trans-Atlantic radio contact and was from Signal Hill.

Contact was established approximately 6:30 before the calculated LOS and was lost at about 2:30 before calculated LOS.  It is my guess that as the shuttle
was attached to the ISS, that the contact duration time may have been decreased due to some blockage.

Ten students were able to have their question answered and contact was lost while waiting for a response to the eleventh student.  These students were picked from approximately 1200 St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, 9th graders. They had participated in a crystal radio building contest celebrating Marconi's achievements.  In the audience were approximately 125 kids and another 40 adults.  There was also some video taken.  The audio was also put out the web via a Live365 reflector provided by Paul Cassel VE3SY.

The question that seemed to get the most response from the audience was from Chris Mong, age 13, who asked "If you sneeze on the space station, does the force of the sneeze propel you backwards?"  Frank said "...it can..."

Graham Dillabough VO1DZA was the control op and Frank Culbertson did his normal outstanding job of being the contact on the ISS.  Congrats to all and thank you ISS crew for letting ARISS be a part of a very hectic day.

Special thanks also goes to Marilyn Steinberg of the Canadian Space Agency for helping arrange the contact and to Dave Taylor of Park Canada who helped get things going at the Signal Hill National Historic Site.

Congrats go to Graham's crew for fighting through high winds and some snow to put the antennas up.  Winds on Tuesday were reported gusting to 110 kilometer per hour.

Once again, congrats to all!  This contact represented the third Canadian ARISS contact.

Charlie Sufana AJ9N
ARISS mentor for Newfoundland

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