Nicola Beckford from BBC TV interviewing Eleanor Griffin before the ARISS contact – image credit KHS
On April 19 student Eleanor Griffin led the live question and answer session between King’s High School and Warwick Preparatory School (GB4KHS) and astronaut Ricky Arnold KE5DAU on the International Space Station (NA1SS).
Nicola Beckford reporting for BBC Midlands TV on Kings High School ARISS contact – image credit KHS
King’s High School strongly encourage their girls to develop their interests both inside and outside the classroom. This culture of empowerment led one of their girls, Eleanor Griffin, to apply to ARISS Europe (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) for a highly prestigious link-up to the International Space Station.
When Eleanor Griffin was selected to hold a space conversation with an astronaut, she was inspired to set up the Warwick Mars Project, for students across the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, to further interest in Space Science. Eleanor says: “The moon landings belong to the generation of our grandparents, and the International Space Station to our parents. What will happen in our generation? Will Mankind travel to another planet?”
After the ISS contact when asked what this incredible experience had taught her Eleanor replied “Just do it! No one is going to stop you, if you just go and pursue your dreams, you really can do anything.”
Watch the BBC TV news item broadcast on Midlands Today @bbcmtd. Fast forward to 18:45 into the recording at
In this video the students present their work and activities that lead up the contact, followed at 12:11 by a presentation by ARISS Operations UK team lead Ciaran Morgan M0XTD with the ISS contact commencing at 31:32 into the video
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
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Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club members Dennis Veselka KI4KNC and Scott Vangen WB0QMZ
NASA is known for communicating with astronauts on missions to space, but did you know regular citizens can radio NASA too?
From the end of this year through the next, NASA will mark several key milestones. Amateur radio clubs at agency centers across the nation plan to celebrate these occasions with several “NASA on the Air” events.
“We enjoy sharing NASA’s story as part of the fun of making contact with fellow ham radio operators across the nation and around the world,” said Kevin Zari KK4YEL, who is activities officer for the Amateur Radio Club at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “We occasionally communicate with people who think that because we’re not flying the space shuttle anymore, NASA has almost gone out of business. We tell them about activities such as the International Space Station and the Space Launch System, and they appreciate the update.”
Amateur, or ham, radio operators use a frequency spectrum for communicating noncommercial and private messages. One of the most important uses of ham radio operations is providing emergency messaging following disasters, such as the recent Hurricane Maria that destroyed most avenues of communication in Puerto Rico.
“The amateur radio clubs at NASA centers are made up of civil servants, contractors and tenants who participate on their own time,” said Zari, who has been at Kennedy since 1990 and is chief technology officer in the Mission and Support Office of Exploration Research and Technology Programs. “We all have a common goal to show our support for NASA and highlight some of the agency’s amazing accomplishments.”
Read the full NASA story at
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Find a UK amateur radio training course https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/
Founded in 1975 AMSAT-UK is a voluntary organisation that supports the design and building of equipment for amateur radio satellites.
AMSAT-UK initially produced a short bulletin called OSCAR News to give members advice on amateur satellite communications. Since those early days OSCAR News has grown in size and the print quality has improved beyond recognition. Today, OSCAR News is produced as a high-quality quarterly colour A4 magazine consisting of up to 40 pages of news, information and comment about amateur radio space communications.
The new lower-cost E-membership provides OSCAR News as a downloadable PDF file giving members the freedom to read it on their Tablets or Smartphones anytime, anyplace, anywhere.
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An additional advantage is that the PDF should be available for download up to 2 weeks before the paper copy is posted.
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E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News from http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/on
A sample issue of OSCAR News can be downloaded here.
Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ
AMSAT-UK is very happy to announce that the dates of the next AMSAT-UK Colloquium will be October 14-15, 2017.
This year it will be incorporated into the RSGB Convention at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ. Exact details are currently being finalised with the RSGB and these will be notified when they are known.
If you have not been to Kents Hill Park before, it is very close to the M1 motorway and is near to Bletchley Park, where RSGB members have free entry. For overseas visitors it is convenient for planes to London Luton Airport (30-minute taxi ride) and also London Gatwick and Birmingham airports, both of which have direct train connections to Bletchley and/or Milton Keynes stations. These stations are approximately 10 minutes away by taxi.
Colloquium page: https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/
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Steve Hartley G0FUW presents the Louis Varney Cup to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN
On July 31 at the AMSAT-UK International Space colloquium in Guildford the RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley G0FUW presented the RSGB Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communications to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG.
The award was in recognition of Wouter’s outstanding technical contributions to several amateur satellites and associated outreach.
Watch the presentation
Colloquium Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN
Thanks to the hard work of British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and AMSAT-UK volunteers the videos of the presentations given to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium held in Guildford on July 30-31, 2016 are now available on YouTube.
Sky News interview with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Kenwood TS-2000X in background
During the Colloquium AMSAT-UK operated a satellite ground station using the call sign G0AUK. Contacts were made via the SO-50, AO-85 and FO-29 satellites.
The ground station used the Kenwood TS-2000X transceiver that was successfully used for all the UK school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia mission on the International Space Station.
The TS-2000X was kindly loaned by Martin Lynch & Sons Ltd and Kenwood Communications UK.
The 2016 Colloquium presentations along with those from previous years can be found on the AMSAT-UK YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/playlists
The videos of the presentations can either be watched online or downloaded to your PC using readily available free YouTube download software for showing at club meetings.
AMSAT-UK publish a quarterly newsletter OSCAR News, a sample issue can be downloaded here. Electronic (PDF) membership is £15 a year – Join Here