FIRST COMBINED DIRECT AND TELEBRIDGE CONTACT FOR ISS COMMANDER MIKE FINCKE KE5AIT WITH ITALIAN SCHOOLS
Volta” is a co-ed primary and secondary school in Mandello del
Lario, a little town in
students and the teachers share their interest with experts of the voluntary
group “Deep Space” at
After the ARISS experiment during Eneide (2005) and Esperia Missions (2007), where some contacts were set up by two schools sharing the same event, ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to radio contact coordinator in Mandello to do new experiment, sharing the contact with another ground station to overcome the problem of local antenna obscuration in Mandello. Gianpietro Ferrario IZ2GOJ, contact coordinator for this ISS contact, decided in favour of a direct and telebridge contact due to the local obscuration. All questions were read by the students at “Alessandro Volta”. The contact sites were located in both schools, where an audience of more than 50 (Gallarate) and 200 (Mandello) pupils, teachers, visitors and media could follow the contact. Before the contact, ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF introduced the event with an ARISS presentation.
The contact was stablished by I2JRY, then IZ2PBM took over and finally I2JRY ended the QSO. At , contact with OR4ISS was established by station I2JRY. Commander Mike Fincke answered 5 questions per telebridge. At , contact with OR4ISS was established by station IK2PBM. Commander Mike Fincke answered 7 questions in direct contact. At , contact with OR4ISS was established by station I2JRY. Commander Mike Fincke answered 4 more questions by telebridge. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all time. The astronaut sent greetings, speaking in Italian, at the beginning of the contact. Thanks Mike!
Television, including RAI 3, UnicaTV and Space-iTV, local media and newspapers
covered the event. Streaming video counted 64 connections:
Congratulations to both ARISS “VOLTA and “PONTI” teams!
Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF