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ARISS Contact Sched

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2004-10-06 16:00 UTC

The ARISS (a joint effort of AMSAT, the ARRL, NASA, the ARISS international
partners including Canada, Russia, the European Partners, and Japan)
team wishes to announce the following very tentative schedule for ARISS
contacts.  This schedule is very fluid and may change at the last minute.
Remember that amateur radio use on the ISS is considered secondary.  Please
check the various AMSAT and ARISS webpages for the latest announcements.
Changes from the last announcement are noted with (***).  Also, please check
MSNBC.com for possible live retransmissions
(http://www.msnbc.com/m/lv/default.asp).  Listen for the ISS on the downlink
145.80 MHz.

The crossband repeater has been active at times.
The frequencies are uplink of 437.80 MHz and downlink of 145.80 MHz.

For information about educational materials available from ISS partner space
Agencies, please refer to links on the ARISS Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you are interested in supporting an ARISS contact, then you must fill
in an application.  The ARISS operations mentor team will not accept a
direct request to support an ARISS contact; the application must first be
the ARISS region coordinator.

You should also note that many schools think that they can request a
specific date and time. Once an application has been accepted, the ARISS
will work with the school to determine a mutually agreeable date.

There are several ARISS web sites:

English:  http://www.rac.ca/ariss/

French:  http://c.avmdti.free.fr/ariss/index.htm

ARISS Europe:  http://www.ariss-eu.org/

ARISS Japan:  http://www.jarl.or.jp/ariss/

Other web sites that may be of interest include:


Latest ARISS announcements and news

Successful school list


The ISS Fan Club website is:

Your completely filled out application should be returned to the
nearest coordinating ARISS region if your specific region is not
listed.  E-mail is the preferred method of submitting an application.

Here are the email addresses:
ARISS-Canada and all other countries not covered:   ve2ka@rac.ca (Daniel
Lamoureux VE2KA)
ARISS-Europe:  jh.hahn@gmx.net (J. Hahn, DL3LUM / PA1MUC)
ARISS-Japan and all Region 3 countries:  iaru-r3@jarl.or.jp (Keigo Komuro
ARISS-Russia: n2ww@attbi.com  (Valerie Agabekov N2WW/UA6HZ)
ARISS-USA:  ARISS@arrl.org (The American Radio Relay League)

Expedition 9 crew:
E. Michael Fincke   KE5AIT
Gennady I. Padalka RN3DT

Expedition 10 crew:
Leroy Chiao KE5BRW
Salizhan Sharipov  (***)

Soyuz TMA5/TMA4 Yuri Sharipov  (***)
Yuri will be on board during the Expedition 9 to 10 handover. (***)

Next crew docking is expected about 2004-10-13.  Launch is expected on
10.  (***)

To let you in on how tough it is to schedule contacts, here are some of the
constraints the ARISS mentors must work under:
Each Increment is 26 weeks in length.

For the next increment (10) we may not schedule:
1. Anything the first 3 weeks.
2. During EVA weeks (2 EVAs are scheduled for Increment 10; 2004-12-28 and
3. at least 2 weeks prior to the Increment change.
4. no contacts during meal and exercise periods.
5. no contacts during post-sleep and pre sleep (before 0800 UTC and after
6. contacts on the day of Progress docking or undocking are circumspect.
16P - docking on 2004-11-26
17P - docking on 2005-01-05
LF-1- docking on 2005-03-08 and undocking 2005-03-16
Soyuz relocate - 2004-11-18

ARISS contacts are expected to resume during the week of 2004-11-08.  (***)

Mike Fincke has produced a video of life on the ISS.  There are 2 versions
available, QuickTime and Windows Media.  These files are huge, so only a
broadband connection is recommended.    Thanks Mike!

The videos may be found at:  http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/Video/

ISS frequencies:
Remember that the ISS radios are not able to correct for Doppler as the
frequencies are channelized. So it is up to the ground station to do the
correction. For 2 meters, the Doppler is about +3kHz at the beginning and
to about -3kHz at the end. For 70 cm, the Doppler is about +10kHz at the
beginning and goes to about -10kHz at the end. The 70cm Doppler is roughly 3
times the 2m Doppler. Many of the tracking programs have the ability to
calculate the Doppler.

Also recall that the frequencies are:

Crossband voice mode (437.80 MHz up, 145.80 MHz down)
Public packet mode (145.990 MHz up, 145.80 MHz down),
Public voice mode (145.20 MHz up for Region 1; 144.49 MHz up for Regions 2
3; 145.80 MHz down for all regions)
School contact mode (xx up and 145.80 MHz down)

These are the frequencies that are at the ISS. So you will have to do the
Doppler correction on the ground so that at the ISS the resultant frequency
that listed above. For example, if you are on the public voice mode in Region
and the Doppler is about +2kHZ, then you would transmit up on 144.488 MHz and
listen on 145.802 MHz. The ISS is not a transponder like the rest of the

There is no set mode schedule for the crossband repeater or packet at the
moment. Kenneth Ransom N5VHO posts to the SAREX bulletin board when the mode
changes, so watch for his postings.  Happy Hunting!

Gdynia Maritime University (Akademia Morska w Gdyni), Gdynia, Poland, direct
Contact was successful Wed 2004-10-06 11:55 UTC 47 degrees  (***)
Congrats to Mike and Gdynia Maritiem University!  (***)

Questions proposed by Gdynia:

1. What were the most interesting scientific experiments you have done on the
2. Is eating in space funny?
3. What do you think about tourists on the ISS?
4) Do you play games on Internet or on the ISS LAN?
5. Do you drink beer with foam in space?
6. Do you sometimes argue on the ISS?
7. Did you have any serious malfunctions?
8. Did you meet any unusual weather phenomena during your space trips?
9. Did you have to sacrifice something for an astronaut career?
10. Where is better to live: on the Earth or on the ISS?
11. How does space look like from the ISS?
12. What are you doing in your free time?
13. Do you rest and sleep on the ISS as well as on the earth?
14. Are you talking with ships or vessels via radio?
15. Did you dream about the flight to MARS?

Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, direct via WA5LVT

Proposed questions for Tulsa Air and Space Museum are:
1. Can you see the storms that happen on Earth?
2. How do you lay in your bed if you are floating around?
3. What is your favorite food and is the food good?
4. How hard is it to be selected to be an astronaut?
5. How do you walk in space?
6. How do you make repairs to the International Space Station?
7. What kind of training do you have to have to become an astronaut?
8. Which political party in the U.S. tends to support NASA and the space
9. What is most of your time spent doing during the day?
10. What is it like working with someone from another country for a long
11. Does the Earth look big from up there?
12. Is it hot or cold up there?
13. Is it hard to float around in the Space Station?
14. What do you do for fun?
15. How do you breath inside the Space Station?
16. What do you do for exercise?
17. How long are you going to stay up there?
18. Since our two countries are working together to further space technology
this will be an ongoing international cooperation, who actually gets to own
19. How many light bulbs are in the Space Station?
20. How do you communicate with other people on the earth?

Brigidine College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, direct via VK2KVE

Proposed questions for Brigidine College:

1. If you were wearing a watch in space would the second hand move the same
speed as it does on earth? And would it be the same time?
2. Does being so far away from earth give you a different perspective on
or a different meaning to your life?
3. If an astronaut gets sick or needs an emergency operation during your time
space, what do you do?
4. If you grow plants in space, how would they grow and respond since there
no gravity?
5. What kind of advice would you give to kids aspiring to be astronauts in
6. Do you feel that you are making some significant contribution to world
history and the sustainability of the human race?
7. What has been the most rewarding and memorable aspect of your journey and
what has been the most frightening stage so far?
8. Do you think that what you are doing now is like a parallel to the 17th
18th century, with explorers finding "new worlds"? And will space continue to
the "final frontier" in 50 or 100 years time?
9. Who owns the moon? That is, if some valuable mineral was disced on the
or a passing asteroid, whom does it belong to?
10. Who has more control  the ISS: you and the ISS crew, or the ground
11. How do you monitor the cosmic radiation levels you are exposed to, and
effect do these increased levels have on your body?
12. Have you seen or experienced anything whilst being on the ISS that has
unexpected, unusual, or that has taken you completely by surprise?
13. How do you feel about being the first people going to the International
Space Station after the Columbus shuttle accident and how did you mentally
prepare yourself?
14. Have you felt or heard impacts by meteorites on the walls of the ISS and
what protection do you have against impacts by meteorites?
15. Does being in space put a different perspective on the things we deem as
important here on earth?
16. How do you shield yourself from the dangerous electromagnetic radiation
is usually reduced by the earth's outer atmosphere and magnetic field?
17. According to relativity theory you should age less in the fast moving
(about an hour less in 5 months), than you would on earth. Do you have clocks
board that can measure time dilation or equipment to measure the effects of
length contraction?
18. Has the research currently being undertaken on energy use efficiencies
air/water quality produced any results that could be used on earth?

Pinon Elementary School, New Mexico, direct via KK5YY.

Westhampton Beach Elementary, Westhampton Beach, New York, direct via W2RVL

Ft. Ross, Cazadero, CA, direct via WA6M.

Manordale Public School, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, direct via VE3TBD.

Rains High School, Texas direct via KD5OMH.

S.C.O.P.E. Science & Technology Center, Texas direct via W5LRU or KB5YAM.

Maple Avenue Elementary, Goffstown, NH, direct via KB1GDA

Rockland District High School, Rockland, ME, direct via W1PBR

École secondaire Fernand-Lefebvre, Sorel-Tracy, Québec, Canada, direct via

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, Colorado, direct via N0VSE

Bentley School, Oakland, California

John Baldwin Elementary School, Danville, California

St. John's School, Houston, Texas

Fairview Elementary School, Mount Prospect, Illinois

Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL, telebridge

Contact was not completed

Proposed questions for Challenger Learning Center are:
1. What do you do for fun in space?
2. How do you do anything like eat or read if everything is floating?
3. What is the weather like in space?
4. How and when do you sleep?
5. Can you talk to your family from space?
6. How fast can a spaceship go?
7. Do the astronauts always get along being together for that length of time?
8. What's the best thing about being in space?
9. Do you ever get homesick?
10. Do you get to watch TV or listen to the radio in space?
11. Is space scary? What is the scariest thing you have seen in space?
12. What would happen if you dropped something in space?
13. Is it always black in/around the space?
14. What is in a spaceship?
15. What do you do for all the time you are in space?
16. What noises do you hear when you are out in space?
17. Why do things float in space?
18. What do you have to do to be an astronaut?
19. What time is it in space? What day is it?
20. What is one thing you wish you could do in space that you haven't?
21. How big is a spaceship?
22. How do you weigh stuff in space if everything floats?
23. What do you eat while you are in space?
24. Have you kept a souvenir from space? If so, what?
25. How can you tell where you are going in space?
26. Can you see the sun rise or set in space?
27. What kind of gas does a spaceship use?
28. Do you have any funny stories about being in space?
29. What kind of experiments are you doing in space?
30. Are you scared to maybe be coming home in the capsule?

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, direct via KH6J

Albany Hills State School, Brisbane, Australia, telebridge

Currently the ARISS operations team has a list of 60 schools that we
hope will be able to have a contact during 2004.   As the schedule becomes
solidified, we will be letting everyone know.  Current plans call for an
of one scheduled school contact per week.

Charlie Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team mentors

73 Ernie K1ELA
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