Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Status Report August 2, 2010
1. Upcoming School Contact
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled for the Space Jamboree in Rantoul, Illinois on Saturday, August 7 at 15:07 UTC. The Rantoul National Aviation Center is the former Chanute Air Force Base and is the home of the Chanute Air Museum, which collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts that relate to the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/ Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, the history of military aviation and Illinois aviation. The museum reaches out to youth with Aviation Camp and this year will host the "Space Jam 4" for Boy and Girl Scouts coming from over four states in the Midwest. Merit Badges may be earned in Space Exploration, Aviation, Radio & Electronics and others.
2. Boy Scouts Celebrate Anniversary with ARISS Contact
On Saturday, July 31, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was held with the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC answered 13 questions posed to him by the Scouts as approximately 800 others listened in. Prior to the contact, K2BSA Amateur Radio Association set up its radio station which thousands of Scouts toured. Some Scouts earned their Radio Merit Badges and amateur radio licenses as well. This year, the Jamboree celebrates 100 years of Scouting in the U.S., with attendees from all 50 states and other countries around the world. Forty-three thousand are expected to attend.
3. ARISS News on Amateur Radio Newsline
On July 30, the Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1720 posted a short story on the upcoming ARISS contact with the Boy Scouts of America. To view the article, "Ham Radio in Space: ISS to Celebrate 100 Years of US Scouting with ISS Contact," see: ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News/news.txt