Successful Combined Direct and telebridge Contact with S.A.M.T., Canobbio, Switzerland


September, 2013 at 07.17 UTC, 09.17 local time, S.A.M.T. (Scuola Arti Mestieri Trevano), Canobbio, Switzerland established a combined telebridge and direct contact with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP, onboard the  International Space Station.

The S.A.M.T. (Scuola Arti Mestieri Trevano) school for multimedia electronics operates in the fields of electronics and computer technology (audio  and video devices, computer science, telecommunications, etc.).  The AFC (certificate of professional capacity) and the schools  technical qualifications certificate enable students to access university studies in the fields of Electronics, Telecommunications and Computer Technology.

Mentor Francesco De Paolis IKWGF proposed to the Radio Contact coordinator a combined direct and telebridge contact, in order to overcome the problem of local antenna obscuration in Canobbio.  Mr. Ferruccio Albizzati HB9MZI, coordinating the event, agreed and set up the station for a combined direct and telebridge. The questions were read by students at school. More than 150 students, parents, visitors and media attended the event (indirect attendance about 750 people).

The contact was established per telebridge via IK1SLD, then HB9OK took over and finally IK1SLD ended the QSO per telebridge. Contact was established at 07.17 UTC, 09.17 local time, with IRISS. Astronaut Luca Parmitano answered 14 questions and exchanged greetings before LOS.  After third answer, Astronaut Luca Parmitano requested back-up channel due interference from the earth. Signal from the ISS was loud and clear during the entire pass. 

National Television, local media and newspapers covered the event.
Streaming video counted more than 100 connections on

Congratulations to HB9OK and IK1SLD Teams!


Francesco De Paolis, IKWGF

ARISS Mentor

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