A direct contact with students at Ritsumeikan Moriyama Junior High School, Moriyama, Japan was successful Sun 2013-12-29. Nineteen students were able to ask questions and receive answers from astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA during the contact.
To a view a recording of the conversation conducted in Japanese, click here.
Direct contact with Scouting Burgemeester Welschen Meerhove, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, via OR4ISS
was successful on Sat 2013-12-28 13:08:43 UTC 83 deg.
Scouting Meerhoven has been set up in 2003. Our first official turnout was 10 years ago during the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI). During the last 10 years we have had several activities which were connected with transmitting (each year during the JOTA JOTI) and also with technology, air and space travel, as our scouts cabin is near Eindhoven airport.
Now, 10 years on, we celebrate our Jubilee. One of our Lustrum activities is the JOTA JOTI, by which we use FM frequency. For a whole weekend the scouting room has been transformed to a real radio station. The broadcasts are made by our youth and staff members.
In the framework of the Jubilee we have made a request to NASA, because as a scouting group, we really like to have radio contact with one of the astronauts from the ISS. We are very supportive of space travel and during the coming period we have a couple of activities to prepare us for a possible contact with ISS.
The Friday evening group (cubs and scouts) will visit a observatory, they will make rockets from lemonade bottles and fire them off. The room of the beavers will be transformed to a cosmos with rockets and planets. The kids will make these themselves. The Saturday group (cubs and scouts) will rebuild a ISS station. During the coming weeks our activities will all be in the light of space travel. Our aim is that the children will make their acquaintance with the JOTA JOTI (transmission) as well as space travel.
For a local news story and video about the event: http://jeugdjournaal.nl/item/591441-bellen-met-ruimtestation-iss.html
December 15, 2013
Contact with Istituto Tecnico Industriale "Galileo Ferraris", San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy, scheduled for Mon 2013-12-16 16:28:20 UTC 39 deg was cancelled due to EVA repair mission.
December 14, 2013
Direct contact with Tochigi Science Lion Project, Utsunomiya, Japan, via 8N1ISS was successful: Sat 2013-12-14 07:00:34 UTC 72 deg.
December 13, 2013
Read an advance news story about student amateur radio activities at Dorothy Grant Elementary School in Fontana, CA, USA.
Students will be participating in a scheduled contact with the ISS in 2014.
December 12, 2013
Direct contact with Rakuyo Technical High School, Kyoto, Japan, direct via 8N3LR was successful: Thu 2013-12-12 08:36:53 UTC 37 deg.