Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2020-12-21 04:00 UTC


Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:






Twenty years of ARISS!  (***)


On December 21, 2000 at 20:29 UTC, Luther Burbank School in Burbank, IL had ARISS contact number 1.  I was privileged to be the control operator and ARISS mentor for that first contact.  We failed two days earlier, but we figured out what had gone wrong and on the second day, we had a highly successful contact with Bill Shepherd KD5GSL who operated NA1SS.  Since that first contact, ARISS has had 1411 total events; all of them an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.  I am sure the crewmembers have enjoyed the contacts just as much as the schools.


I thank my ham crew who worked in putting together contact number 1 (try putting antennas up with minus 30 degrees windchill factors), the students who went into the great unknown (someone has to be first), the school staff who knew they had the right students to make it happen, and the parents who pushed their student to participate.


Now ARISS embarks on the next 20 years of space exploration.  In the not-too-distant future, a school may be talking to a crewmember who is orbiting the moon.  So, stay tuned where ARISS goes next.


Please check for additional 20th year anniversary messages at https://www.ariss.org/.  There you will learn about more about contact number 1 and the upcoming SSTV event that goes from 2020-12-24 to 2020-12-31.


Charlie Sufana AJ9N



The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html




A multi-point telebridge contact means that each student will be on the telebridge from their own home.



ARISS is very aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools and the public in general.  As such, we may have last minute cancellations or postponements of school contacts.  As always, I will try to provide everyone with near-real-time updates. Watch for future COVID-19 related announcements at https://www.ariss.org/


The following schools have now been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19: 



No new schools



Carl Fuhlrott-Gymnasium, Wuppertal, Germany (***)




Note, all times are approximate.  It is recommended that you do your own

orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the listed


All dates and times listed follow International Standard ISO 8601 date and

time format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS


The complete schedule page has been updated as of 2020-12-21 04:00 UTC. (***)

Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school contacts, and

questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites, and

instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.






The successful school list has been updated as of 2020-12-16 02:30 UTC.





The ARISS webpage is at https://www.ariss.org/    

Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.


The main page for Applying to Host a Scheduled Contact may be found at https://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html    






ARISS Contact Applications (United States)


The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1, 2021 and December 30,

2021. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.


The deadline to submit a proposal is November 24th, 2020; the window has now closed. 


Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education@gmail.com.


For future proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Webinars, go to www.ariss.org.


About ARISS:


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS).  In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.





ARISS Contact Applications (Europe, Africa and the Middle East)


Schools and Youth organizations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East interested in setting up an ARISS radio contact with an astronaut on board the International Space Station are invited to submit an application from September to October and from February to April.

Please refer to details and the application form at www.ariss-eu.org/school-contacts.  Applications should be addressed by email to:  school.selection.manager@ariss-eu.org


ARISS Contact Applications (Canada, Central and South America, Asia and Australia and Russia)





Organizations outside the United States can apply for an ARISS contact by filling out an application.  Please direct questions to the appropriate regional representative listed below. If your country is not specifically listed, send your questions to the nearest ARISS Region listed. If you are unsure which address to use, please send your question to the ARISS-Canada representative; they will forward your question to the appropriate coordinator.


For the application, go to:  https://www.ariss.org/ariss-application.html.

ARISS-Canada and the Americas, except USA: Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD email to: ve3tbd@gmail.com

ARISS-Japan, Asia, Pacific and Australia: Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ email to: ariss@iaru-r3.org, Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) https://www.jarl.org/

ARISS-Russia: Soyuz Radioljubitelei Rossii (SRR) https://srr.ru/





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 aj9n@amsat.org or aj9n@aol.com.


Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.8Ø MHz unless otherwise noted.




All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise noted.



Several of you have sent me emails asking about the RAC ARISS website and
not being able to get in.  That has now been changed to https://www.ariss.org/


Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.



Looking for something new to do?  How about receiving DATV from the ISS?  Please note that the HamTV system has been brought back to earth for troubleshooting.  Please monitor ARISS-EU or ARISS-ON for the very latest news on the troubleshooting efforts. 


If interested, then please go to the ARISS-EU website for complete details.  Look for the buttons indicating Ham Video.             




If you need some assistance, ARISS mentor Kerry N6IZW, might be able to provide some insight.  Contact Kerry at kbanke@sbcglobal.net



The HamTV webpage:  https://www.amsat-on.be/hamtv-summary/



ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over 100 schools:


Francesco IKØWGF with 140

Sergey RV3DR with 140

Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 138

Gaston ON4WF with 123



The webpages listed below were all reviewed for accuracy. Out of date

webpages were removed, and new ones have been added.  If there are additional

ARISS websites I need to know about, please let me know.




Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 1411.

Each school counts as 1 event.                                  

Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 1344.

Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.

Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 48.


Please feel free to contact me if more detailed statistics are needed.



The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS contact:
South Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, and the Virgin Islands.




QSL information may be found at:






Frequency chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing

Doppler correction as of 2005-07-29 04:00 UTC


Check out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts




Exp. 63 now on orbit

Kate Rubins KG5FYJ

Sergey Ryzhikov

Sergey Kud-Sverchkov


SpaceX-Crew 1 on orbit

Victor Glover KI5BKC

Mike Hopkins KF5LJG

Soichi Noguchi KD5TVP

Shannon Walker KD5DXB




Charlie Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team mentors