ASTRONAUT MIKE FINCKE TALKS WITH
MONTAUD is located 16 kilometers northwest of
The village is located in the north of the VERCORS wildland, the main place of the French Resistance during the second world war. This mountainous region culminates at 1600 meters. To the south of Montaud, the horizon is hidden by the hills and hampers radio contacts with satellites. Therefore, the groundstation for the ARISS radio contact has been that of ham operator Guy F5GJJ. Guy is active on ham satellites since many years. His station is located in a favourable area five kilometers from the village. For the ARISS contact, an ATV and radio link had been set up between his station and the school. 35 hams worked together efficiently to make this event a success.
The village school has 65 pupils, to 12 years old, distributed in 3 classes. The primary class, 20 pupils 9 to 12 years old, led by schoolteacher Corinne, actively participated to the ARISS project since November 2002. The pupils are fond of science. Last year, Jacques, member of the local hamradio club, introduced them to the world of radio communications.
The ARISS contact was a success. When Mike Fincke had answered the questions, Guy explained the set up with the ATV link to the school. Mike was impressed and sent his congratulations to the ground team, adding a few words in French.
In the village, teachers, parents and media were
delighted. A memorable day for the youngsters of
On behalf of Montaud: “ Merci Mike ! ”
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF