Thanks for sharing the ARISS contact info. I set up our school's computer software (SatPC32) to track the ISS (from our QTH in Austin, TX). Because the pass occurred during my Government class, I explained the ARISS program and how it brings goodwill toward NASA and ISS. I then showed them the Italian astronaut's photo, and explained that she would be speaking with a school in Maryland. With that setup, we walked to the "Radio Room." As we counted down the seconds to AOS in MD, we heard nothing. After about five seconds, I turned down the squelch and Bingo! We listened to the downlink for about five minutes before returning to class. The students (Seniors) were genuinely impressed. FYI: The satellite tracking station we used to monitor this pass will be pictured in QST's June issue.
Ronny Risinger, KC5EES
Trustee, K5LBJ, the LASA High School Amateur Radio Club
Liberal Arts & Science Academy High School (LASA HS)
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