Successful ARISS Contact for Italian Schools in Govone, Priocca
and Diano d’Alba, Italy
ThursdayNovember8, 2012 at 12.04 UTC, which is
13.04 CEST, students from Institute Comprehensive in Govone, NinoCostaMiddle school in Priocca
and Institute Comprehensive in Diano d’Alba, Italy established
ARISS contact with JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI onboard the
International Space Station. Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI operated with the
ISS callsign OR4ISS. This was a direct contact performed by amateur radio
station IK1SLD, installed for the event in Planetarium in Turin, Italy.
Junior High schools Nino Costa of Priocca and T.L. Dalmasso of Govone are
integral part of the Comprehensive School of Govone in the province of Cuneo. The
municipal territories of the Comprehensive School of Govone are situated on the
left bank of the river Tanaro; this district, which is a hil country, is called
"Roero" and it's famous for its fine wines. The inhabitants live mostly
in the plein where the schools can also be found while on the top of the hill
there is the old town center where is the towmhall.
The students came from the small towns of Govone, Priocca, Magliano Alfieri,
Castellinaldo, San Damiano. The school is attended by
about 300 pupils, aged between 3 and 13 years.
Ariotti IK1SLD, radio contact coordinator for this event, decided in favor of
the setup for a direct contact, with assistance from the his ARISS telebridge
station (IK1SLD) installed at Casale Monferrato Airport, Piemonte, Italy and
operated by Max Canepa IW1CNF. The contact took place at Planetarium in Turin, where an
audience of about 200 students, visitors and Media participated to the ARISS
contact. Before the link voice with ISS, Mr. Claudio Ariotti IK1SLD presented
ARISS program, the operations during an contact with
the ISS via Ham Radio, and the life of the astronauts in space.
At , contact with OR4ISS was established by
station IK1SLD. Using the Kenwood radio in the Service Module, Akihiko Hoshide
KE5DNI answered all 20 questions from the students, exchanged final greetings
and closed the contact. During the pass, the signal from the ISS was loud and