An ARISS radio contact is planned for Primary and Junior High Schools Complex in Podgrodzie, Debica, Poland. The contact is scheduled for Thursday May 19, 2011 at 07.51 UTC, which is 09.51 CEST.


School Complex in Podgrodzie is composed of two main school levels: primary school and junior high school. There are 180 students. The primary school pupils are 6 -12 years old and the junior high school students are 13 - 16 years old. The junior high school favours  Science (including Physics and Mathematics).


The students are interested in astronomical observations and they are eager to take part in special classes concerning such activities. Since the creation of the School Radio Club, the students are involved in satellite contact and the ARISS Program. The club is cooperating with local amateur radio operators who are experienced in satellite communications.


The direct radio contact will be operated by SP8YAY.  


Signals from space will be audible in a wide area of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen on 145.800 MHz FM.


Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1. Angelika: Can you see the continents from space? Can you see Poland?

2. Peter: Can you see other planets?

3. Matthew: When are coming back on Earth?

4. Joanna: Do you have free time there?

5. Chris: How long and how do you sleep?

6. Marta: Do you eat some special food there? What is it?

7. Slawek: Can we see ISS from the Earth?

8. Michael: Is there something like rain in space?

9. Angelika: How do you change your clothes?

10. Peter: Is it dark in space?

11. Matthew: What do you do when you feel dizzy?

12. Joanna: What do you drink in space?

13. Chris: How do you know when it is morning and when it is night?

14. Marta: Is the Earth big or small?

15. Slawek: Do you see UFO?

16. Michael: From the ISS, can you see the moon?

17. Angelika: What temperature is there in your ship?

18. Peter: Can you communicate with your family?

19. Matthew: How many people are there in the ship?

20. Joanna: Is there something like weather in space?


ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.




Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

ARISS Chairman