Thursday, 12 May, 2011 at 09:53 UTC and 11:23 UTC, i.e. 11:53 and 13:23 local time “Gerolamo e Margherita Montani” Technical Industrial Institute in Fermo, Italy established double ARISS contact with Italian astronaut PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA onboard the International Space Station. Astronaut NESPOLI operated with the special Italian callsign IR0ISS that he will use during his mission. The “Montani” Institute operated the contact with callsign I6KZR.


Gerolamo e Margherita Montani Higher Technical Institute is located in Fermo, the most important and ancient town in the district north of the province. Fermo has become recently a new Province of Marche Region. The Montani Institute is one of the earliest Italian technical schools. These are the courses that the school offers: Chemistry, Materials and Biotechnologies, Electronics and Electrotechnical, Computer Science and Telecommunications, Mechanics, Mechatronics and Energy.


ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to radio contact coordinator in Fermo to set up a direct contact with assistance from the ARISS telebridge station IK1SLD installed at Casale Monferrato Airport, Piemonte, Italy. Mr. Renzo Ciarpella I6KZR, radio contact coordinator for this ARISS event, decided in favour of this set up. The questions were read by the students of the “Montani” Institute. The contacts took place at school where an audience of about 300 students, teachers, visitors and media participated to the ARISS event.


At 09:53 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was established by station I6KZR. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 9 questions from Columbus module via Ericsson radio. At 11:23 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was again established by I6KZR. Paolo NESPOLI answered 12 more questions by students. During both pass the signal from ISS was loud and clear.


Regional and local media and newspapers covered the event.


Live Streaming video was for both contacts on:


ARISS contact was announced by web story on ESA Portal - National News:


Congratulations to I6KZR Team!




Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor


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