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Successful contact for Heart of America Council Boy Scouts of America, Kansas Cit with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

On Saturday, September 23 at 12:03 UTC, Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA conducted an ARISS telebridge contact with scouts from Heart of America Council Boy Scouts of America, Kansas City, USA.

This was a telebridge contact performed by Amateur radio ground station W6SRJ, located in Santa Rosa, California, CA, USA. 

School Information:

The Scouting 500 is a Council wide event of the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America.  The Council serves 29,830 youth and 14,255 adult leaders in the 17 bordering Missouri and Kansas counties which constitute the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area.  We expect 12,000 to 14,000 boys and their adult leaders and parents.
The Scouting 500 is taking place on the grounds of the NASCAR Kansas Speedway.  In the infield of the track we will have 114 different activities for the attendees.  That of course includes a demonstration NASCAR Stock Car race with 5 regular NASCAR cars and their drivers.   More on the Scouting line we have a large artificial trout pool where the boys can tie their own flies and practice casting.  Another tank will conduct scuba lessons.  There will be custom cars, bb guns, a hot air balloon, go carts, archery, scout skills and of course a substantial STEM area.

The highlight of our STEM program is the ARISS contact. The contact will be a part of the STEM-Amateur Radio Exhibit.  The exhibit includes educational displays about amateur, a morse code station where the Scouts can practice sending and receiving their name and unit number to one another and other information about the International Space Station.  Key to the exhibit are radio stations manned with licensed operators each operating in one of several different modes.  We will have VHF\UHF featuring repeater usage, APRS and ECHOLINK.  We will have HF stations running CW, SSB, JT65 and remote and other digital modes.  Our call sign is K2BSA/0.

We look forward to working the ISS.

The scheduled contact was established at 12:03 UTC with NA1SS via W6SRJ. AOS and LOS was right on schedule.  NA1SS started getting noisy at 1 degree elevation just before LOS.  During the scheduled contact ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered 14 of twenty questions, using the Kenwood Radio in the Russian Service Module. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear during the whole pass.

About 11000 people attended the event. The event was carried live by the local Fox News TV outlet and streamed live on Facebook.

The Local Amateur Radio Point of Contact, Mr. David M. Hinkley, KA0SOG said: "The hardest thing in the world sometimes is to feel you've done an adequate job of saying 'thanks'.  Seven young men are awe inspired about space science and amateur radio.  Seven sets of grateful and proud parents have a high opinion of Amateur Radio."

vy 73 de John Kludt, K4SQC

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