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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2006-11-09 16:00 UTC

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2006-11-09  16:00 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:

"Henri d'Haese" primary school in Gentbrugge, Belgium  (formerly Flanders 
Science Festival 27-29 October 2006 Ghent, Belgium)via  telebridge W5RRR (***)
Fri  2006-11-10 14:37 UTC via W5RRR  47  deg
Watch for live IRLP, Echolink, and webcast. 

Landesmuseum  fuer Technik und Arbeit (Mannheim Museum), Mannheim, Germany 
2006-11-20  14:42 UTC via telebridge WH6PN
Thomas Reiter contact
Watch for live IRLP,  Echolink, and webcast. 

During Expedition 14, ARISS expects to have  one ARISS school contact per 
month rather than approximately one per week.   
It is also anticipated that there many not be many general contacts.  

Total number of ARISS school contacts is 255.  

QSL information may be found at:  

ISS callsigns:   DP0ISS, NA1SS,  RS0ISS


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 
to 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 
mentors 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/   

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)

QSL  information may be found at:   

Other  web sites that may be of interest  include:


Latest ARISS announcements and news  

Successful  school  list

The  ISS Fan Club website is:

K1ELA has a  website at:

ON6SAT has a  website at:

IRLP website at:   
This new site will have the links  for simulcast contacts that have IRLP and 

Friends  and family of the Expedition 12 crew have put together a  website:

A listing of ARISS related magazine articles:  
Currently the list includes articles from CQ, CQ VHF, QST, and The AMSAT  
Journal.  Please contact me directly if you have additional suggestions.  

Expedition 13/14 on orbit:
Thomas Reiter  DF4TR

Expedition 14 on orbit: 
Michael Lopez-Alegria  KE5GTK
Mikhail Tyurin, RZ3FT 

Expedition 14 future:
Sunita  Williams, KD5PLB

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 (14) we may not schedule:
1. Anything the first 3 weeks.
2.  During EVA weeks 
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 08:00 UTC and after 
19:30 UTC)
6. contacts  on the day of Progress docking or undocking are  circumspect.

During Expedition 14, ARISS expects to have  one ARISS school contact per 
month rather than approximately one per week.   
It is also anticipated that there many not be many general contacts.  

Mike Fincke KE5AIT and Gennady Padalka RN3DT  produced a video during their 
stay on Expedition 9. You can get the QuickTime  version (209MB) or the Windows 
Media version (152MB). These files are huge, so  only a broadband connection 
is recommended.    Thanks Mike and  Gennady!   

Windows  Media:

A  discussion on Doppler correction and the ISS frequencies may be found  at


This  file was updated 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC

1.        Go to designated homepage  URL.
2.        Click on  Audioconferencing.
3.        Click on  Audio Streaming.
4.        Click on  Join.
5.        Enter conference meeting  number.
6.        Enter passcode (case  sensitive) and there are 11 letters max.   
7.        Enter  name.
8.        Enter email  address.
9.        Enter company, use  ARISS or AMSAT if you want.
10.    Enter title  (optional).
11.    Agree to agreement  policy.
12.    Click proceed.
13.    Wait  for contact to start.  If you are there too early, then you will 
probably  hear music.  Contact streaming should start approximately 6 minutes 
before  AOS.

IRLP  website at: 
If using IRLP is more  convenient for you than using EchoLink, please  
connect to the IRLP  reflector 9010.  

The Discovery Reflector also has streaming  audio available.  Once on
the main page, select “audio library” on the  left sidebar.  The prompt
to join the audio stream is posted at the top  of this page.

More directly, you can go to  

The audio  stream will be delayed. 

Please give the EchoLInk EDU_NET  server your preference over the EchoLink 
AMSAT server for your connection.  This will keep the load light on the 
AMSAT server, assuring us of better  audio quality all around.

You can connect to the AMSAT Conference  Room server at node 101377.
Audio is also available at times on the JK1ZRW  server at node 277208. Please 
connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load  light on the *AMSAT* server. 
 This will ensure good audio quality for all  listeners.

For latest information on ISS - school contact audio  feeds into EchoLink, 
please check the AMSAT calendar of events  at:



"Henri  d'Haese" primary school in Gentbrugge, Belgium (formerly Flanders 
Science  Festival 27-29 October 2006 Ghent, Belgium) (***)
Contact is a go for:  Fri  2006-11-10 14:37 UTC via W5RRR  47 deg

Contact will  be simulcast on IRLP, Echolink, and the web.

Proposed  questions for Flanders: 
1. Do you miss your family up there?
2. Is it  difficult to walk on an E.V.A?   
3. How does it feel like to sleep  in space?
4. What is the view outside looking like (dark, shiny)? 
5. Can  you see the opening in the ozone layer on earth, from there up? 
6. What kind  of tests or work you have to do?
7. What was the feeling the first time you  where in space? 
8. What do you miss the most in space?
9. Can you see  meteorological events on earth up  there?               
10. How does your family react when you are so far away? 
11. What are  you going to miss most when you are back from space? 
12. Do you ever feel  scared? 
13. What was the most beautiful thing you saw in space?
14. Can  you use your own senses to feel? 
15. Why did NASA prefer to send people  instead of robots? 
16. Has this spacetrip made your dream come through?  
17. Would you like to live up there for a longer time?
18. Why did the  agencies choose this crew for this mission? 
19. What do you do in your spare  time in space? 
20. Are you feeling sick sometimes when you are moving around  all the time? 

Landesmuseum fuer Technik und Arbeit  (Mannheim Museum), Mannheim, Germany 
Contact is a go for: 2006-11-20 14:42 UTC  via telebridge WH6PN 
Thomas Reiter contact  

Erweiterte Realschule, Weiskirchen D-66709, Germany,  direct via DN1ERW 
Contact postponed TBD UTC
Scheduled to be a Thomas  Reiter DF4TR contact using DP0ISS. 

Proposed questions for  Erweiterte Realschule: 
1. Welches Fach muss man studiert haben, um Astronaut  zu werden?
2. Muss man sehr sportlich sein, um Astronaut zu werden?
3. Wie  lange haben Sie sich für den Flug vorbereitet?
4. Wie ist die ISS  amateurfunktechnisch ausgestattet?
5. Können die Funkgeräte in Dauerbetrieb  bleiben oder würde dann zu viel 
Energie verbraucht?
6. Kann man aus der ISS  mit bloßen Augen auch andere Planeten außer der Erde 
7. Können Sie von  der ISS aus Gebäude auf der Erde erkennen?
8. In Kalifornien gibt es häufig  Flächenbrände. Konnten Sie welche von der 
ISS aus sehen?
9. Wie viele  Sonnenaufgänge und -untergänge können Sie während einer 
Umrundung der Erde sehen  und wie kontrollieren Sie Ihren persönlichen Tagesrhythmus?
10. Wie gestalten  Sie Ihre Freizeit an Bord?
11. Wenn Sie Gitarre spielen, hört sich das in der  ISS genauso an wie auf 
der Erde?
12. Wie sieht Ihr Tagesablauf aus?
13.  Wann haben Sie das letzte Mal geduscht?
14. Lassen Sie sich einen Bart  wachsen oder können Sie sich im All rasieren?
15. Muss man sich beim Schlafen  anschnallen?
16. Schnarcht man in der Schwerelosigkeit, mehr oder weniger als  auf der 
17. Wenn jemand von der Crew ernsthaft erkrankt, wie kann ihm  geholfen 
18. Spürt man einen Rückstoß, wenn man in der  Schwerelosigkeit niest?
19. Wie fühlten Sie sich beim Start des  Shuttles?
20. Muss man vor der Rückkehr auf die Erde ein besonderes  Muskeltraining 
21. Was essen Sie an Bord und wie essen  Sie?
22. Was erwarten oder wünschen Sie sich von Ihrem weiteren Aufenthalt im  All?

Samuel-von-Pufendorf Gymnasium, D-09557 Floeha, Germany,  direct via DL0GYM
Contact postponed TBD UTC  
Scheduled to be a  Thomas Reiter DF4TR contact.

Proposed questions for  Samuel-von-Pufendorf Gymnasium:
1. Lassen sich von Bord der ISS aus  Vulkanausbrüche beobachten?
2. Besteht an Bord der ISS die Möglichkeit,  Fernsehprogramme über Satellit 
3. Lassen sich terrestrische  Rundfunksender im Weltraum empfangen?
4. Liess sich an Bord die  Fussballweltmeisterschaft verfolgen?
5. Wirken sich verstärkte  Sonnenaktivitäten auf die Raumstation aus?
6. Sind Polarlichter von Bord der  Raumstation aus zu beobachten?
7. Kann man die Blitze eines Gewitters  sehen?
8. Sind in dieser Flughöhe noch Einflüsse der Erdatmoshäre  spürbar?
9. Hat das Wetter auf der Erde Einfluss auf die Arbeiten an  Bord?
10. Sieht man das Abschmelzen von Polkappen und Gletschern?
11. Kann  man die Ozonschicht sehen oder messen?
12. Kann man im Internet surfen und  E-Mails empfangen oder verschicken?
13. Welche Massnahmen zur Vermeidung von  Beschädigungen durch 
Weltraummüll werden getroffen?
14. Wird die ISS von  kosmischen Teilchen getroffen?
15. Kann man andere Satelliten mit blossem  Auge sehen?
16. Kann man an Bord der ISS mit dem Lötkolben arbeiten?
17.  Müssen die Fenster der Raumstation geputzt werden?
18. Wie wird der Kontakt  mit den Familienangehörigen aufrechterhalten?
19. In welcher Sprache  unterhaltet ihr euch?
20. Gibt es persönliche Freizeit, z.B. um ein Buch zu  lesen?

McDonald College, North Strathfield, Australia,  via TBD 

Proposed questions for McDonald College:  
1. Are any of your five (5) senses affected in space? If so, how? 
2.  What are the major biological changes and how do you compensate for the 
changes  to cope with the return to Earth? Also, is there a limit as to how 
long you can  stay in a weightless environment without causing irreversible 
damage to the  body? 
3. When the shuttle or rocket takes off, we see the amount of  vibration on 
TV. How do you cope with this when trying to view the instruments  and press 
buttons without losing focus? 
4. Psychologically, does being out  in the exosphere with all those stars 
make you feel a certain way (for example,  insignificant)? 
5. Do water and liquid substances evaporate or dry the same  way they do on 
earth? If not, how is it different? 
6. How do you cope with  going from a solitude environment in the space 
station to coming back to Earth,  where there are lots of people? 
7. Is it weird with it always being dark  outside, and do you miss going 
8. What would a compass do in space?  Would it point in one direction? 
9. How did your body react when you went  through the atmosphere and reached 
10. What is the effect of space  shrapnel or space junk on the space station, 
and have you hit any or seen any?  
11. Does the space station have any gravity? 
12. What is the purpose of  your mission? If it was to investigate something, 
what is it, and what  discoveries have you made? 
13. Are there any special precautions needed when  there is high solar 
activity or meteor showers? If so, what precautions do you  take? 

Winterthurhalle, Winterthur,  Switzerland, via telebridge

Northlawn, St. Stephen, St.  Anthony, Streator, IL, direct via KB9UPS / W9MKS 

Sherman Elementary School, Henrietta, New York, direct via W2SKY  

Centre Hastings Secondary, Madoc, Ontario, Canada,  direct via VE3UR

Proposed questions for Centre  Hastings:  (***)

1. With each supply shipment to the ISS  sending more water from Earth, we 
are taking away a precious resource. A colony  on the moon would need lots of 
water which would be obtained from our finite  supply on Earth. Will this water 
be returned or is it lost forever?
2. With  business tycoons like Richard Branson looking to expand their 
companies into the  cosmos via commercialized space travel, has it now been decided 
that space  travel is to become a routine commercial practise?
3. The Canadian Space  Agency and NASA are have you testing your hand eye 
co-ordination on the shuttle.  Do you play video games on the ISS as well as 
doing this experiment?
4. Chris  Hadfield was calm when he told us about the Russian Progress 23 
cargo ship  having difficulties docking with the ISS and the ISS losing power. 
Are all  astronauts that calm when under pressure?
5. What is your favourite song to  play on the guitar while on the ISS?
6. Mr. Hadfield told us Russian bread  has a four year shelf life. Does it 
taste the same after 4 years of not being  eaten?
7. Your mission has 4 EVA'S. Have you ever stood on the end of  Canadarm2?
8. Luke Skywalker fought a spherical droid in Star Wars.  Are  the two 
SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental  Satellites) on 
the ISS like pets to you?
9. Can you see heaven from the  ISS?
10. If you got appendicitis aboard the ISS what can you do about  it?
11. You are doing a study related to immune function and virus activity.  Has 
an astronaut or cosmonaut ever fallen ill while aboard the ISS, and if so  
what health measures were taken?
12. In your personal opinion do you believe  that there is or ever was, life 
on other planets, such as Mars?
13. On the  ISS, are there any communication problems between the crew due to 
language and  cultural differences?
14. When the Progress cargo ship was docking, you had a  problem with the 
antenna. ARISS became your mode of communication to  Earth.  How did you fix the 
antenna retraction problem?
15. Mr. Hadfield  said he brought a guitar to the ISS. Does it go out of tune 
more in space than  Earth?
16. How do you protect yourself from germs with limited amounts of  water on 
the ISS? On Earth we handwash.
17. SPHERES are like Tamagotchis. Do  the red and blue ones shut down when 
you go to bed?
18. When you look out the  window of the ISS do you see the planets and which 
one is your favourite?
19.  You're measuring the exposure of cosmic radiation of your crew. Are you  
concerned about getting cancer?
20. You are trying to grow lentil seeds in  artificial gravity. Have they 
21. For Mikhail Tyruin. Would a "hole  in one" be hitting the (Canadian E21) 
golf ball into a crater on the  moon?

Samuel Hearne Secondary School, Inuvik, NT, Canada,  telebridge via TBD 

Escola Camilo Castelo Branco,  Portugal 2790-096, Carnaxide, 2004-12-22, 
direct via CS1RAD 

Proposed questions for Escola Camilo Castelo Branco: 
1.  Before leaving for any mission in space, you have many months of 
preparation. Is  the reality very different from the test you go through on Earth?
2. Isn’t it  difficult to live in a small closed space during so many time?
3. What kind  of food do you eat?
4. Is there any process of recycling water in space? If  so, what is it?
5. How do you manage to keep the level of oxygen steady  inside the spaceship?
6. How do you get rid of your waste?
7. Do you have  any trouble in falling asleep? How do you distinguish if it’s 
day or  night?
8. What’s the official language on the ISS?
9. What do you feel  when you see the Earth from the space? What’s the 
10. Isn’t it  boring only to see stars, planets and space?
11. What do you miss the most  when you are in space?
12. The relationship between you is strictly  professional or have you become 
friends? Have you ever had any arguments? How  did you solve them?
13. How can you repair the spaceship if it is somehow  damaged?
14. For how long can you stay in space? Which is the maximum length  of time? 
Is there a limit for the number of an astronaut’s voyages to  space?
15. When you came back to Earth after a space voyage how do you adapt  to 
gravity? Do you need any external help? What kind of help?
16. What kind  of scientific research are you doing now?
17. What’s the importance of space  research to scientific knowledge and 
technical progress?
18. What do you  think about other planets colonization? Will it be possible 
or is it only  fiction?

Currently the ARISS operations team has a list  of 60 schools that we 
hope will be able to have a contact during  2006.   As the schedule becomes 
more solidified, we will be letting  everyone know.  Current plans call for an 
average of one scheduled school  contact per week.

Charlie Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS  operation team mentors

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