Aug 05

Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, telebridge via ON4ISS

The ARISS contact on Sat 2017-08-05 18:02:30 UTC 87 deg with OR4ISS and Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX via ARISS telebridge ground station ON4ISS (Aartselaar, Belgium) was successful.
Astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JP answered sixteen questions with time to spare for parting thank-yous.
 

There were at least two television stations present. The Auditorium we used was advertised as seating 200. Seats were all full and a lot of folks were standing. Audio was great throughout the contact until just after LOS.
Great Contact!

The enthusiastic students in preparation for the ARISS contact.

The enthusiastic students in preparation for the ARISS contact.

Media source:
Audio: Astronaut Paolo Nespoli talk to Frontier of Flight Students – 5 aug 2017

Radioamateur reports:
Youtube report M0GIW
Youtube report IV0PGQ
Youtube report received and recorded in Budapest, Hungary
audio report from I6IBE

Documentation:
ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA
Frontiers of Flight Museum
ARISS website – VITA mission

Jun 13

Space Center Houston, TX, telebridge via ON4ISS

The ARISS contact on Tue 2017-06-13 15:19:26 UTC 84 deg with OR4ISS and Space Center Houston, Houston, TX, via ARISS telebridge ground station ON4ISS (Aartselaar, Belgium) was successful. Astronaut Jack Fischer K2FSH answered 15 questions. HamTV video was great, thanks to all European partners.

The ARISS contact event will be an impactful part of Space Center Houston summer camp program for 2017, which will be available for students of ages 12-14, in 6th through 9th grade. Generally, attendance for summer day camps comes primarily from the Clear Creek Independent School District.
There were at least 140 connections to the BATC live streamer.

Media source:

Radioamateur reports:
Youtube report by SP3QFE
Youtube report by G7HCE David Boult
Youtube report by PA3WEG Wouter Weggelaar
Youtube report by PA3WEG Wouter Weggelaar / Delft / ground station activity

Jun 10

ARISS telebridge contact in Buffalo, NY via ON4ISS

The ARISS contact on Sat 2017-06-10 at 16:20 UTC 87 deg with OR4ISS and Scouts from Buffalo, New York, via ARISS telebridge ground station ON4ISS (Aartselaar, Belgium) was successful. AOS was at 12:21:00 EST (16:21:00 UTC) and LOS 12:31:50 EST (16:31:50 UTC). Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI answered 11 of 13 questions and the contact was live streamed on Facebook.

Greater Niagara Frontier Council, BSA

WNY Scouts talk to a Russian Cosmonaut aboard the International Space Station at there Scout STEM Camporall!

It was a great experience as scouts from Western New York asked questions to Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.

Media source:
Buffalo News: Scouting ‘Camporall’ at UB to promote science, technology
FB: https://www.facebook.com/GNFCBSA/

Radioamateur reports:
FB: https://www.facebook.com/W2SSR/
Youtube report by M0GIW
Youtube report by G7HCE David Boult
Youtube report by SO7BIT
Youtube report by IW2NUE

Mar 21

general assembly 2017

annual general meeting 2017

The members of AMSAT Belgium, non-profit association, are invited to attend the annual general meeting.

The general assembly will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 20:00 in the clubhouse of the Radio Club Leuven – Diestsevest 39 at Leuven. (The meeting room is located in the basement)

Agenda:

1. New members and outgoing members

2. Financial report 2016 and discharge to the treasurer.

3. Approval of the 2017 budget.

4. Election of Officers. Members can apply as a Candidate board member until the start of the meeting.

5. Varia.

President,
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

Feb 13

FX0ISS-F4KJT ARISS-Europe HamTV demo successful

The ARISS contact between Collège Andre Malraux, Chatelaillon-Plage F4KJT and Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG/FX0ISS Mon 2017 feb 13 14:00:35 UTC 67 deg, was successful with 19 questions answered, the HamTV downlink was streamed on the new BATC merger facility, so the students, professors, public and media were totally impressed by the event. Live HamTV on 2395Mhz. Audio on 70cm (down: 437.525 MHz).

The HamTV downlink was followed by amateur radio ground stations all over Europe.
1st HamTV receiving during a contact with Thomas Pesquet and a French school (F6DZP, Jean-Pierre)

ON4ISS telebridge ground station (Aartselaar, Belgium) acting as a backup to help F4KJT and proved its strategic function in complex radio amateur communications. This HamTV demo was also a test for the HTT workgroup (subgroup in ARISS). There were at least 230 connections to the BATC live streamer.

Media source:
Châtelaillon-Plage: “Ground control to Major Tom”
Collège Andre Malraux, Chatelaillon-Plage

Radioamateur reports:
http://www.dj5ar.de/?p=2538
http://www.ariss-f.org/ariss-17-thomas-pesquet-interviewe-par-20-collegiens-de-chatelaillon-plage/
Live HamTV streamer (BATC)

Feb 02

ARISS contact with schools in Danbury, CT via ON4ISS

A telebridge connection with OR4ISS via ON4ISS (Aartselaar, Belgium) with students at the South Street School and Westside Middle School in Danbury CT, USA, was successful Thu 2017-02-02 18:49:14 UTC 80 deg. Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD answered all 20 questions. There were 200 students in the gym and the audio was streamed to the other schools in the system – estimated audience of an additional 3,000 students.   One radio station and the local paper in attendance.  Danbury Highschool was also present with a equipment for live streaming over the Internet.

Media source:
http://wilton.dailyvoice.com/schools/danbury-calling-students-make-contact-with-astronauts-on-space-station/698583/
http://newtown.dailyvoice.com/schools/danbury-calling-students-make-contact-with-astronauts-on-space-station/698583/

Radioamateur reports:
Dave (M0GIW) and his daughter Erin (blog VE3EBY)

Jan 12

Combined ARISS contact in Gembloux & Transinne

The ARISS contact Thursday January 12, 2017 at 13:47 UTC of Thomas Pesquet with 3 schools in Belgium was a success. The amateur radio contact was a telebridge connection with NA1SS via K6DUE (Maryland, USA).
The participants schools to this ARISS contact are:

– Saint-Guibert College (students at their college in Gembloux)
– Kindergarten and primary school Sainte-Lutgarde (students on Space Camp at Euso Space Center)
– Saint-Laurent school (students on Space Camp at Euro Space Center)

The selected students were at two sites (Saint-Guibert College in Gembloux and ESC in Transinne).
They put their questions in turn to Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG who flew 412 km above the earth in the ISS, there was plenty of time to answer all 20 questions. Thomas received a heartfelt applause at the end of the contact.

Stefan ON6TI place the students in a line for their rotation in the ARISS contact (Gembloux).

Media sources:
http://www.lavenir.net/cnt/dmf20170112_00943640
http://www.dhnet.be/video/des-eleves-de-sombreffe-gembloux-et-lasne-ont-pose-des-questions-a-thomas-pesquet-astronaute-a-bord-de-l-iss-5877ba74cd70717f88f2686b
http://www.dhnet.be/regions/namur-luxembourg/allo-l-iss-ici-l-euro-space-center-5877c990cd708a17d562f4f0
http://uba.be/fr/actualites/flash/contact-r-ussi-avec-thomas-pesquet

Oct 22

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, about “ARISS milestones”

22 October 2016, Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, talked in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland at the 6th Polish-wide Conference of Contributors and Sympathizes of ARISS about “ARISS milestones”.

It was a excellent time for many people (there was above 100 persons), especially teachers and pupils, who never heard about the HAM radio!

More information about the event can be found at the link below.

http://ariss.zst-ostrow.edu.pl/

May 18

general assembly 2016

annual general meeting 2016

The members of AMSAT Belgium, non-profit association, are invited to attend the annual general meeting.

The general assembly will take place on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 20:00 in the clubhouse of the Radio Club Leuven – Diestsevest 39 at Leuven. (The meeting room is located in the basement)

Agenda:

1. New members and outgoing members

2. Financial report 2015 and discharge to the treasurer.

3. Approval of the 2016 budget.

4. Election of Officers. Members can apply as a Candidate board member until the start of the meeting.

5. Varia.

Apr 26

OUFTI-1 is in LEO Sun-Synchronous orbit

Following the successful launch OUFTI-1 is now in a Low-Earth Sun-Synchronous orbit. During its first orbit has OUFTI-1 broadcast decodable telemetry. Unfortunately, the satellite’s beacon broadcasts a few orbits subsequent just “HI HI DE E”. The team from University of Liège is looking for a solution.

The TLE for the cubesat OUFTI-1 is available updated under this code:(updated: May 01, 19:00 UTC)

OUFTI-1
1 41458U 16025C 16121.88263173 .00001621 00000-0 96832-4 0 9997
2 41458 98.2193 129.6546 0176353 225.2454 133.4307 15.00740847 689

The decoding of the telemetry parameters are documented on the ULg website:
http://events.ulg.ac.be/oufti-1/radioamateurs

OUFTI-1 at Estec:
http://www.esa.int/esatv/Videos/2016/04/Fly_your_satellite/OUFTI-1_at_ESTEC

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