CONTACT FOR ESA ASTRONAUT PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA WITH
15 January, 2011 at 09:02 UTC and 10:37 UTC, i.e. and local time, “Istituto
Comprensivo Via Toscana 2” in
Comprensivo Via Toscana 2" is a middle school located in
mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF, radio contact coordinator for this event in
Civitavecchia, decided to set up a direct contact with assistance from ARISS
Telebridge station IK1SLD, installed at Casale Monferrato Airport, Piemonte,
Italy. The questions were read by the students at “Autorita Portuale “ in
At 09:02 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was established by station IK0WGF. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 12 questions and before LOS the President of ASI (Italian Space Agency) and radio amateur Enrico Saggese, IW0DGF exchanged greetings with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA.
At 10:37 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was again established by station IK0WGF. Paolo NESPOLI answered 8 more questions and talked about the 10th anniversary of the 1th ARISS contact, emphasising the importance of ARISS school contacts. He spoke in Italian and in English and exchanged greetings before closing the conatct. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time during each pass.
National Television RAI, local media and newspapers covered the event.
Streaming video counted more than 60 connections on:
The ARISS contact was announced by web story on ESA Portal - National News:
Congratulations to both ARISS “IK0WGF” and “IK1SLD” teams!
Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF