Tuesday 23 October 2007at , i.e. local time, the "Giosue
Carducci" school, call sign IZØLRI, in Santa Marinella, Italy, established a radio
contact with USastronaut Clay Anderson, KD5PLA, onboard
the International Space Station.
The GIOSUE’ CARDUCCI secondary school is
located in the town of Santa
Marinella, 60 km northwest of Rome. The classes having the ARISS QSO
comprise students (boys and girls) aged 12 to 15 years old. The ARISS activity
is well integrated into the school curriculum with the programme called
GUGLIELMO MARCONI. This project is about the Research and Experiments conducted
by Guglielmo Marconi at the NATIONAL RADIOELECTRIC CENTRE established in the
town. Marconi conducted experiments with microwaves, RADAR, Radio Mobile
Telephone and the use of the moon as reflector. Marconi bounced off waves from
the town to the moon.
Stefano, IØLYO, was the contact coordinator for this ISS contact. The operator
of the contact was ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis. The questions were read by
the students. The audience in the shack room was about 265 students, guests and
media operators. In addition, the audio was relayed by Skype into EchoLink and
IRLP. Thanks to Dieter Schliemann, KX4Y who fed the ARISS contact audio into
At contact with NA1SS was established and Clay answered 17
questions. The signal and audio from the ISS was excellent.
TV stations, 2 radio stations and all local newspapers covered the event.