Update on August 19, 2017: the event has been postponed
The International Space Station (ISS) contact which was scheduled for Tuesday, August 22 with the Montreal Children's Hospital in Montreal, Quebec has been postponed until further notice due to Russian experiments which prevent radio transmissions. Stay tuned to this website for additional information as it becomes available.
Original August 17 news post:
The following news item is courtesy of Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, RAC ARISS Board Representative:
An International Space Station (ISS) contact has been planned with the Montreal Children's Hospital in Montreal, Quebec.
A telebridge contact via W6SRJ is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22 at 17:20:25 UTC 58 deg or 13:20 local time in Montreal. Presentations will start at 12:45 pm
The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA.
Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD, and his team are the ARISS mentors at the event.
ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to or .
Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.80 MHz. All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise noted.
For more information on astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, visit https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Astronauts/Paolo_Nespoli
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world. The primary purpose of ARISS is to organize scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio.
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, the Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA and CSA, with the AMSAT and International Amateur Radio Union organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, firsthand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on the International Space Station can energize youth and instill an interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on their website.
Source: Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, RAC ARISS Board Representative
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