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ISS contact Certificate



I have seen that a special certificate will be issued for those making a
contact or hearing the ISS during dec and Jan. I am very interested in this.
Tonight I make a contact through the cross-band repeater as it made a pass
from NW to SE.  I am fairly new to satellite and have only made about 300
contacts over the past 1 year. How do I submit my contact for a certificate?



Also you may be interested and have permission to use a video I created . I
manage Fedex Latin America Telecommunications. One day I called a meeting of
some of my telecom engineers and told them we would have a team building
exercise.  That exercise was to make a contact through the  international
space station. They didn't believe it. I had heard that the cross band
repeater was on and knew it was a long shot.  Anyway none had ever done
this. I assigned each of them specific jobs such as one had the compass and
paper with az/el readouts and time, another had to point the antenna,
etc.The antenna was a home brew out of aluminum welding rods for uhf and
tape measure elements for 2 meters. Believe it or not we made a contact
through it!  The engineers almost could not believe it!  From the video you
will see that they forgot to move the antenna for about 5 minutes lol.     This
video has been shared with others and is being used at ham clubs in
California and other places.



You can see the video or download it by going to http://tmedlin.com and
click my hobby on the left.

Then below pictures of my shack you can see two links to either view the
video or download it.



Thanks, Tom W5KUB


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>   1. Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2008-12-05 02:30 UTC
>      (AJ9N@aol.com)
>   2.  ARISS event - Ellis School, Belleville, IL, USA, Mon (Dec
>      08) at 16:56 UTC (Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR])
>   3.  Cross Band Repeater Active (David Barber)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 21:11:22 EST
> From: AJ9N@aol.com
> Subject: [sarex] Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2008-12-05
>        02:30 UTC
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> Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2008-12-05  02:30 UTC
>
>
> Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:
>
> Quispamsis Elementary/ Middle School, Quispamsis, New  Brunswick, Canada,
> direct via VE9LC
> Contact was successful: Thu 2008-12-04  18:23 UTC 45 deg (***)
>
> Ellis School, Belleville, IL, USA, direct  via K9GXU
> Contact is a go for: Mon 2008-12-08 16:54 UTC 75 deg
>
> Stephen F. Austin Elementary School, Richmond, Texas, direct via  NT5SM (or
> special call)
> Contact is a go for: Tue 2008-12-09 15:43 UTC 52  deg
>
> Istituto  Comprensivo ?Marco  Polo? ,  Grado I-34073, Italy, via IV3YZB
> Contact is a go for: Option #2: Wed  2008-12-10 10:08 UTC 87 deg
>
> 2 Circolo Didattico, San Giuseppe,  Mola di Bari, Italy, direct via IZ7EVR
> Contact is a go for: Option #9: Fri  2008-12-12 14:14 UTC 56 deg
>
>
> Crossband repeater and packet  have been active!
>
>
>
> Total number of ARISS ISS to  earth school contacts is 389. (***)
> Total number of ARISS supported  terrestrial contacts is 14.
>
>
> QSL information may be found  at:
> http://www.arrl.org/ARISS/arissfaq.html
> http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm#QSL's
>
>
> ISS  callsigns:  DP0ISS, NA1SS, OR4ISS, RS0ISS
>
>
> *****************************************************************************
>
> The  complete schedule page has been updated as of 2008-12-05 02:30 UTC.
> (***)
>
> Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school  contacts, and
> questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites,  and
> instructions
> for any contact that may be streamed live.
> http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.txt
>
> The successful  school list has been updated as of 2008-12-05 02:30 UTC.
> (***)
> http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/Successful_ARISS_schools.rtf
>
>
> Frequency  chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing
> Doppler correction  as of 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC
>
> http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ISS_frequencies_and_Doppler_correction.r
> tf
>
> Listing  of ARISS related magazine articles as of 2006-07-10 03:30  UTC:
> http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ARISS_magazine_articles.rtf
>
>
> *****************************************************************************
>
> There  have been rumors in the past indicating that the ISS was having
> direct
> contacts  on the 40 meter band.  There is no HF radio equipment on board
> and
> available yet.  The HF antenna is mounted.  Sometimes WA3NAN will
>  retransmit
> shuttle  audio.
>
>
> *****************************************************************************
>
> Exp.  18 on orbit:
> Michael Fincke KE5AIT
> Yury Lonchakov RA3DT
> Sandra Magnus  KE5FYE
>
>
> *****************************************************************************
>
> 73,
> Charlie  Sufana AJ9N
> One of the ARISS operation team mentors
>
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>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 10:51:03 -0600
> From: "Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR]" <Kenneth.G.Ransom@nasa.gov>
> Subject: [sarex]  ARISS event - Ellis School, Belleville, IL, USA,      Mon
>        (Dec 08) at 16:56 UTC
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> An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has
> been planned with participants at Ellis School, Belleville, IL, USA on
> 08 December. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1656 UTC.
>
> The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and K9GXU. The
> contact should be audible over central and eastern North America.
> Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.
> The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
>
> Grades 5-8.  Ellis School is located 15 minutes from St. Louis and
> serves approximately 400 students ranging from kindergarten through
> fourth grade.  Ellis school has been named a No Child Left Behind-Blue
> Ribbon winner for 2008.  Only 21 schools in Illinois received this honor
> and Ellis School was the only school in Southern Illinois to be named a
> Blue Ribbon School.  Nationwide, 329 schools were selected as Blue
> Ribbons Schools. The students that will be talking to Sandy on board the
> International Space Station will be 16-third graders that have been
> studying about the shuttle, ISS and the planets during this year at
> school. The questions that they will be asking Sandy are questions that
> the students have developed over the past few weeks. Dr. Gina Segobiano
> is the Superintendent of District 175; Pam Leonard is the Principal of
> Ellis School and Jennifer May is the Third Grade Teacher.
>
> Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
>
> 1. Is it fun to float in the ISS, what do you like to do best when you
> are floating?
> 2. How can you tell if it is day or night in space when you are inside
> the ISS?
> 3. How do you move the robotic arm?
> 4. Is there a limit of how many days a person can live on the ISS and
> stay in space?
> 5. Since you are going to be on the ISS for Christmas, how are you going
> to get your presents?
> 6. Do you watch TV or movies in the ISS and if so, which ones?
> 7. How did it feel when you took off on Endeavour, was it scary?
> 8. What was the first thing you did when you got into space?
> 9. How long does it take to get from Earth to the ISS?
> 10. How funny do you think a bird would look if it was flying inside the
> ISS-would it fly like a bird on Earth?
> 11. What are some of the fun experiments you are doing?
> 12. What is your favorite thing to do in your space time?
> 13. If you could invite a superhero to the ISS, who would it be and why?
> 14. How long does it take for the ISS to travel around the Earth?
> 15. When you are eating, how do you prepare your food in space?
> 16. How fast does the shuttle travel when it comes back into the Earth's
> gravity?
> 17. How do you get power on the ISS since you cannot plug something in
> an outlet with an extension cord?
> 18. How much oxygen do you have in the white suit when you do an EVA?
> 19. How long does it take for you to get dressed in the morning since
> there is no gravity and your clothes would float away?
> 20. If something breaks on the ISS, how hard is it to fix it?
> 21. Do you feel different in space than on Earth?
>
> Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at
> http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact .
>
> Next planned event(s):
> 1) Stephen F. Austin Elementary School, Richmond, Texas, USA Tue
> 2008-12-09 15:45 UTC
> 2) Istituto Comprensivo "Marco Polo", Grado I-34073, Italy, Wed
> 2008-12-10 10:11 UTC
> 3) 2 Circolo Didattico, San Giuseppe, Mola di Bari, Italy, Fri
> 2008-12-12 14:18 UTC
>
> ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the
> participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES,
> JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating
> countries.
>
> ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of
> Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the
> International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see,
> first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize
> youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further
> information on the ARISS program is available on the website
> http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of
> Canada).
>
> Thank you & 73,
> Kenneth - N5VHO
>
>
>
>
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> Message: 3
> Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 19:44:43 -0000
> From: "David Barber" <david.barber@dbelectronics.co.uk>
> Subject: [sarex]  Cross Band Repeater Active
> To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>, <sarex@amsat.org>
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> Just in case you missed Curt's posting.
>
> Cross Band Repeater is active.
>
>
> Good luck.
>
>
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