Successful contact for YOTA event, England with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA
Tuesday August 8, 2017 at 20:14 UTC young people at YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) event, Gilwell Park, Chingford, Waltham Abbey, England established ARISS contact with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA onboard the International Space Station.
This was a direct contact performed by Amateur radio ground station GB4YOTA, located at YOTA event, Gilwell Park, England.
The Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event happens every summer and offers a week-long range of wireless technology activities to 80 young people under the age of 26. The youngsters are all representing their national amateur radio societies and come from 28 countries located in IARU Region 1 (Europe & Africa). This year there will also be a visiting team from Japan.
The 2017 event takes place in the UK at Gilwell Park, the home of the Scouting movement, and includes a special event station GB17YOTA, a transceiver kit building workshop, some antenna building, an Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) contest and a Summits on the Air (SOTA) activation. The youngsters will be visiting Bletchley Park, the home of the Enigma code breakers, the National Radio Centre, and the Science Museum in London.
Because the event is taking place at the home of Scouting, there will be around 1000 Scouts on site and we hope to have some of them join us for the ISS contact.
Special callsign GB4YOTA will also be activated by ARISS for a special contact with one of the astronauts on board the International Space Station.
The scheduled contact failed at 18:38 UTC, 20.38 local time with NA1SS via GB4YOTA. The scheduled conatct with NA1SS failed due technical issues with VHF Ericsson Radio in Columbus Module. Thanks to the availability of ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli the contact was rescheduled during the next ISS pass. Contact was established at 20:14 UTC, 22.14 local time with NA1SS via GB4YOTA, using the Kenwood Radio in Russian Service Module. During the re-scheduled contact ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered 12 questions. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear during the whole pass.
About 100 young people attended the event.
vy 73 de ARISS Europe staff
Video: RSGB's YOTA 2017 Daily Diary - Tuesday 8 August (ISS contact)