SECOND COMBINED DIRECT AND TELEBRIDGE CONTACT FOR ISS COMMANDER FRANK DE WINNE ON1DWN WITH ITALIAN SCHOOLS
Romoaldo Trifone is a primary and secondary school for 5
to 12 year old pupils and students. The school is dedicated to a famous lawyer
born in Montecorvino Rovella. This nice town is located in southern
Considering a previous successful experiment of a combined direct and telebridge ARISS contact, ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to repeat the experiment and share the contact with another ground station to overcome the problem of local antenna obscuration in Montecorvino Rovella. Giuseppe Pacifico IK8WCQ, contact coordinator for this ISS contact, decided in favour of such combination. All questions were read by the students at “Romualdo Trifone” School. The contact sites were located in both schools, where an audience of more than 40 (Casale Monferrato) and 450 (Montecorvino Rovella) 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. Mr. Dieter Isakeit, ESA Head of the ESRIN Corporate Communication Office, participated to the event by phone and presented the ISS educative program.
At , contact with OR4ISS was established by station IK1SLD. Commander Frank De Winne answered 7 questions per telebridge. At , contact with OR4ISS was established by station IQ8BB. Commander Frank De Winne answered 12 questions by direct contact. The signals from the ISS were loud and clear all the time.
Regional Television, local media and newspapers covered the event. The audio and video was distributed on http://www.arisa.it/webtv/ - 500 Contacts by Web streaming from Italy (410), Poland (50), Unknown (18), United Kingdom (4), Belgium (4), Germany (4), Ireland (2), USA (2), Austria, Spain, Canada, Hungary, Lybian, Norway (1).
Congratulations to both ARISS “Romualdo Trifone” and “Alighieri Trevigi” teams!
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.
Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF