ARISS contact for Scouts Jam in Illinois audible in Europe


An International Space Station contact is planned for Space Jam 9, Rantoul, Illinois, USA. The event is scheduled for Saturday August 8, 2015 at approximately 16.58 UTC (18.58 CEST). This will be a telebridge radio contact between OR4ISS and IK1SLD.

The signals from space will be audible in Europe on 145.800MHz.


Greetings to all stations from the participants and volunteers of Space Jam 9 in Rantoul, Illinois. Though primarily a weekend Scouting and STEM education event, we are open to all interested youth. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from 24 states have come together in an educational and fun format to learn more about the life skills that will prepare them for the increasingly complex technological future. Training is our theme this year. While it is well known that Scouting teaches pioneering skills like camping and wilderness survival, the new pioneers and wilderness are in outer space and we are working hard at 44 technology oriented Merit Badges and activities, plus some fun things like the Duct Tape Merit Badge. Talking to the astronauts on the ISS is an unforgettable part of the experience at Space Jam and that's next on our list. We will not know for many years whether one of these youths becomes an astronaut themselves but it is certain that they are all part of tomorrow's leaders.

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

1. How do you train to sleep in space?

2. What type of engine propulsion will we use to go to Mars?

3. Could we drop containers to the Mars surface but leave the engine in orbit?

4. Would a steam powered train whistle work in space?

5. How long did you train for this mission?

6. Could ribbons be stretched to an Earth orbiting station & used as tracks to reach orbit?

7. Could ribbons be stretched to a Mars orbiting station & used as tracks to reach orbit?

8. If a ship left Mars, traveling 17,500 mph, what is the shortest time it could take to reach Earth.

9. Imagine you are the engineer on a shuttle that goes back and forth between Earth orbit and Mars orbit; what year would it be?

10. Are you still training for future missions?

11. What is your favorite food on the space station?

12. How many bits of space junk does NASA track & how can we reduce the problem?

13. Are there earth-bound disabilities that might be irrelevant in space weightlessness?

14. Is there art on the walls of the ISS or do you see examples of the Arts in space?

15. If we found cave art on Mars what do you imagine it would depict?

16. Are there any musical instruments on the ISS?

17. Every discipline can be an art; from the people who sew the stitches on a space suit to a computer programmer, aren't we all artists when we do our best? 18. The theme for SJ 10 will be the Arts; should STEM education be changed to STEAM?

19. What music do you listen to on the ISS?

20. What is your favorite form of art?

21. How is the espresso machine working?

22. What fresh foods do you most look forward to on delivery day?

23. When will we first set foot on Mars?

24. When will we go back to the Moon?

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board 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-Europe chairman