CONTACT FOR ESA ASTRONAUT PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA WITH “DA VINCI-COSSAR” AND “
Saturday, 19 March, 2011 at 08:44 UTC and 10:17 UTC, i.e. 09:44 and 11:17 local time, "Cossar / Da Vinci” Institute in Gorizia AND “Elena Guerra” Middle School in Rome, Italy, established a double contact with Italian astronaut PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA on board the International Space Station. Astronaut NESPOLI operated with the special Italian callsign IR0ISS that he will use during his mission. The contact took place at both schools that operated the contact with callsigns IW3QKU and IK0USO respectively.
da Vinci" Technical Institute includes also the “Cossar” Institute for
commerce. This school is located in Gorizia, North East of Italy, between the
hills of “Carso” territory. The school has been built
in 1920 and it offers the students workshops and electronic labs to work with. There are almost 450 students. For this contact the students have to design a receiver in the 2 meter band.
"Elena Guerra" School started in 1950 and is run by “ Suore Oblate dello Spirito Santo” ( Holy Spirit Nuns). It is a private School, formed by Nursery, Primary and Middle School. The educational policy is to have few classes offering the students education not only from a didactic point of view but mainly for their growth as responsible human beings..
mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to radio contact coordinator in
Gorizia and in
contact with IR0ISS was established by station IK0USO located in
The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time for both passes.
Regional and local media covered the events.
Streaming video was on (only for second pass):
ARISS contact was announced by web story on ESA Portal - National News:
Congratulations to both ARISS “IW3QKU”, “IK0USO” and “IK1SLD” teams!
Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF