For those wanting a contact with the ISS, a sure way is to apply through ARISS for a school contact. Why not encourage the next generation and introduce them to ham radio through a live linkup to the crew on the ISS.
Despite some saying that the radio on the ISS is rarely switched on, this is far from the truth, just look at the number of ARISS contacts the crew has done this year. Anyone is welcome to introduce a school to the ARISS program, why not you!
It must be remembered that the ISS was not put up there just for ham activities, we are most fortunate that we have access to it at all. The crew on board do a magnificent job with the ARISS contacts that they do by encouraging students to take an interest in science and introducing them to our hobby at the same time
Rather than sitting around and hoping you may hear one of the crew call CQ, approach your local school and ask them if they would like to apply for and ARISS contact. Get involved yourself and explain what ARISS and ham radio is all about, you will find the experience most rewarding.