Successful contact for Kugluktuk High School, Kugluktuk Nunavut, Canada with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA
On Tuesday October 2 at 15:32 UTC, Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA conducted an ARISS telebridge contact with the students from Kugluktuk High School, Kugluktuk Nunavut, Canada.
This was a telebridge contact performed by Amateur radio ground station IK1SLD located in Casale Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy.
Kugluktuk is situated at the confluence of the Coppermine River and the Coronation Gulf. The hamlet has a population of approximately 1600 people; JHI KHS serve over 400 fabulous students from K to 12.
‘Kugluk’ is the Innunaqtun word for 'fast moving water’, ‘tuk’ means 'place of’. The Copper Inuit have survived & thrived in this area for generations.
We are located at latitude 67º 50’ N and longitude 115º 06’ W. Being 142 km north of the Arctic Circle means that the sun does not rise for 34 days in the winter and does not set for more than a month after May 28 in the summer. We are a fascinating people who live in a dynamic environment characterized by extreme variations!
The scheduled contact was established at 15:32 UTC with IRØISS via IK1SLD. AOS and LOS was right on schedule. During the scheduled contact ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered all 14 questions, using the Kenwood Radio in the Russian Service Module. There was plenty of time for a nice greeting and "Ciao" before the LOS. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear during the whole pass.
About 400 people attended the event.
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