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ARISS Event Follow-up -- Zurich International


Friday 10 June 2005 at 09:10 UTC, i.e. 11:10 local time, 
the Zurich International School in Horgen, Switzerland 
established a radio contact with US astronaut John 
Phillips, KE5DRY, on board the International Space 

The Zurich International School is a co-ed day school for 
students from preparatory school aged 3 to graduation age 
18. Zurich International School has more than 900 students 
located at four separate campuses in the Zurich area. The 
attendees come from countries around the world and come 
primarily from expatriate families. We believe the fact 
that Zurich International School is a truely international 
community reflecting the philosophy of the ISS. The Zurich 
International School Amateur Radio Club has been licensed 
by the Swiss telecom authorities as HB9ZIS.

Paul Schreier, AA1MI / HB9DST, the technical director and 
radio contact coordinator for this ISS contact did a very 
good job!

Bruno, HB9WAH, and his technical team of the amateur radio 
club set up a satellite station with automatic antenna 
tracking as well as a secondary backup station with an 
eggbeater antenna on the roof of the school.

Moreover they implemented an amateur television link to 
the assembly hall where all the students of the school 
could follow the contact on a big screen.

The audience in the school shack was about 50 listeners: 
20 pupils, teachers, parents and representatives of the 
Board of Directors.

At exactly 09:10 UTC, right on schedule, contact with 
NA1SS was established. Astronaut John Phillips answered 20 
questions on various topics. The astronaut replied for 
example that he was missing the good and the bad weather. 
The signal was all the time absolutely clear and loud. 
Then, after the 20th question the coordinator Paul 
Schreier let the astronaut listen to the applause of the 

The national TV channel DRS, the newspaper Neue Züricher 
Zeitung and the national radio channel Schweizer Radio DRS 
covered the event.

The National TV channel DRS is broadcasting the event this 
Friday in the programme "Schweiz Aktuell" at 19:00 local 

Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ
ARISS mentor
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