Young radio amateurs at the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event at Gilwell Park made contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA on the International Space Station.
The first session took place when the ISS came above the horizon at 18:37 GMT (7:37 pm BST) on Tuesday, August 8. The HamTV Digital Amateur Television pictures on 2395 MHz were successfully received and participants were able to see Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA floating in the Columbus module of the ISS. Paolo, operating with the call sign NA1SS, was able to receive the transmission from the YOTA station GB4YOTA but there seemed to be an issue with the 145.800 MHz Ericsson transceiver on the ISS and Paolo’s voice transmissions could not be heard.
The second session took place during the next orbital pass at 20:15 GMT (9:15 pm BST). For this session Paolo operated the amateur radio station (Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver) located in the Russian Service Module.
The transmission was heard loud and clear at Gilwell Park and the young radio amateurs were able to ask Paolo their questions.
Watch a short video showing the setting up of the ARISS ground station
and the Space Station contacts
Watch the full length video of the event. Fast forward to 2:34:00 for the 145.800 MHz FM contact
A list of the questions the YOTA participants asked is at
Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) 2017 http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/yota-2017/
Press Release YOTA 2017 Gilwell Park – PDF download here
You can listen to the ISS using an Online Radio. When Voice or Slow Scan TV transmissions are planned select a Frequency of 145800.0 kHz and Mode FM. For the more frequent Packet Radio transmissions select a Frequency of 145825.0 kHz and Mode FM.
• SUWS WebSDR when ISS in range of London http://websdr.suws.org.uk/
• R4UAB WebSDR when ISS is over Russia http://websdr.r4uab.ru/
Check the ISS Fan Club site to see current status and when the ISS is in range http://issfanclub.com/
What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio
Find a short Amateur Radio Foundation training course at https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/
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