Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2018-11-07 01:00 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:

Bishop O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA, telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT
Contact is a go for: Thu 2018-11-08 15:56:28 UTC 51 deg

New English School, Jabriya, Kuwait, telebridge via K6DUE
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT
Contact is a go for: Tue 2018-11-13 10:08:08 UTC 50 deg



An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Bishop O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA

on 08 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:56 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Bishop O’Connell High School is a diocesan Catholic college-preparatory high school founded in 1957 and located in Arlington, Virginia. Drawn from the diverse population of Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland, The student body of 1,200 represents a range of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and religious heritage. The school offers a technology-infused, student-centered, learning environment, with an average class size of 17.

Unique learning experiences include robust curriculum choices in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)–including a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering curriculum–dual credit offerings with Marymount University, and an optional Global Studies program.

Our academic rigor is enriched through the opportunity for independent research projects and supplemental club activities and programs that infuse a strong STEM focus throughout our school.

Faculty at O’Connell collaborate through STEM-driven projects that include using innovative technology solutions and the use of big data to study our world. These activities include building and tracking satellites, small chip payload development, high-altitude balloon experiments, using big data to solve real-world problems, underwater robotics, coding, and Amateur Radio.

And lastly, we love exploring space and space-related activities at Bishop O’Connell!

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. In regards to the future of space travel, what will help us accomplish our

space goals the most, government or commercial space industry?

2. What is it like to float in space? Is it peaceful, is it nerve wracking?

3. When you arrived on the International Space Station, how long did it take

for you to adjust your sleeping habits and how long do you guys normally


4. Does homesickness affect you (the astronaut) and if it does, how do you

cope with it.

5. Did you bring anything to remind you of your family?

6. What does a rocket launch feel like?

7. Will you use ham radio after leaving the ISS?  We hope we can talk to you

through our radio once you are back on earth.

8. How do you navigate your way through the space station if almost every

room looks the same?

9. What are your thoughts on humans visiting Mars? When do you think it will

happen, if at all?

10. What do you do in your free time?

11. How much replanning is happening in your workdays because the other two

astronauts are not there?

12. Can you see the leaves changing in the Northeast US? Elsewhere in the


13. New satellites such as GOES16 produce incredibly detailed images which we

look at here on the Internet.  Do you use those images to help guide your

observations from ISS?

14. Of all those different nationalities, has anyone held worship services?

Aboard, or from the ground?

15. Is there static electricity in space?  How do you deal with it?

16. How are you celebrating NASA’s 60th anniversary?

17. Have you ever been on an EVA walk? If so, what was the task?

18. How much humidity is there on the ISS?  Is the air ever too dry or to


19. It snowed recently in the Allegheny Mountains not far from us, can you

see snow from space?


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Next planned event(s):

1.  New English School, Jabriya, Kuwait, telebridge via K6DUE

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT

Contact is a go for: Tue 2018-11-13  10:08 UTC

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more informa
tion, see www.ariss.orgwww.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.

Thank you & 73,

David – AA4KN



..If you are interested in applying for an ARISS contact, please go to http://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html

The information below is from the ARISS webpage:

International Space Station Astronauts are Calling CQ ARISS Students
ARISS-US program’s education proposal window open Oct. 1 – Nov. 30, 2018

September 25, 2018: ARISS is seeking proposals beginning October 1, 2018 from US schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host amateur radio contacts with an orbiting crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS) between July 1 and December 30, 2019.

Each year, ARISS provides tens of thousands of students with learning opportunities about space technologies, communications, and much more through the exploration of Amateur Radio and space. ARISS has been pleased of late, to be one of many possibilities of interest to educators during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, which celebrates an almost 12-month presence of a teacher aboard the ISS. The ARISS program connects students to astronauts on the ISS through a partnership between NASA, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, the American Radio Relay League, other Amateur Radio global organizations and the worldwide space agencies. The program’s goal is to inspire students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in Amateur Radio.

Educators report regularly that student participation in the ARISS program stimulates interest in STEM subjects and STEM careers. One educator wrote, “Many of the middle school students who took part in and attended the ARISS contact have selected science courses in high school as a result of that contact.” Educators are setting up ham radio clubs in schools and learning centers because of students’ interest.

ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed, exciting education plan. Students can learn about satellite communications, wireless technology, science research conducted on the ISS, radio science, and other STEM subjects. Students learn to use Amateur Radio to talk directly to an astronaut and ask their STEM-related questions. ARISS will help educational organizations locate Amateur Radio groups who can assist with equipment for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students.

The proposal window opens October 1, 2018 and the proposal deadline is November 30, 2018.
For proposal guidelines and forms and more details, visit: http://www.ariss.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact-in-the-us.html

Proposal webinars for guidance and getting questions answered will be offered October 11 and October 23, 2018, both at 8 pm Eastern Time. Advance registration is necessary. To sign up, go to: ariss-proposal-webinar-fall-2018.eventbrite.com/

ARISS Contact Applications (Europe, Africa and the Middle East)

Schools and Youth organizations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East interested in setting up an ARISS radio contact with an astronaut on board the International Space Station are invited to submit an application from September to October and from February to April.

Please refer to details and the application form at www.ariss-eu.org/school-contacts. Applications should be addressed by email to: school.selection.manager@ariss-eu.org

ARISS Contact Applications (Canada, Central and South America, Asia and Australia and Russia)

Organizations outside the United States can apply for an ARISS contact by filling out an application. Please direct questions to the appropriate regional representative listed below. If your country is not specifically listed, send your questions to the nearest ARISS Region listed. If you are unsure which address to use, please send your question to the ARISS-Canada representative; they will forward your question to the appropriate coordinator.

For the application, click here.
ARISS-Canada and the Americas, except USA: Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD
ARISS-Japan, Asia, Pacific and Australia: Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB, Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL)
ARISS-Russia: Soyuz Radioljubitelei Rossii (SRR)


ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to aj9n@amsat.org or aj9n@aol.com.

Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.8Ø MHz.


All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise noted.


Several of you have sent me emails asking about the RAC ARISS website and
not being able to get in. That has now been changed to

Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.

Looking for something new to do? How about receiving DATV from the ISS?
If interested, then please go to the ARISS-EU website for complete
details. Look for the buttons indicating Ham Video.


If you need some assistance, ARISS mentor Kerry N6IZW, might be able to provide some insight. Contact Kerry at kbanke@sbcglobal.net
ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over 100

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