9 May 2007
SUNITA WILLIAMS TALKS WITH
Wednesday 9 May at , i.e. local time, the
"Escola Secundaria de Estarreja”, CT6ESE in
The technical team of Estarreja set up a satellite station with automatic antenna tracking under the supervision of the school contact coordinator Jose Emanuel Ribeiro de Sa, CT1EEB.
The school got the educative callsign CT6ESE and a special authorisation for this contact from ANACOM, the Portuguese Telecom Authority. Moreover. Only licensed students put the questions to the astronaut.
At contact with NA1SS was established. Astronaut Sunita Williams answered accurately 11 questions. She explained for example the last extra vehicle activity (EVA). The signal was very strong all the time and the audio quality always excellent. The audience in the shack room was about 200 people.
The contact was covered by a nationwide TV station, newspaper and radio station and by a local TV station.
The school contact coordinator Jose Emanuel Ribeiro de Sa and the participating students were very enthusiastic about the successful ARISS contact.
73, Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ, ARISS mentor