Kenneth Ransom N5VHO explains the ARISS scheduling

On October 14th 2017, at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Milton Keynes, Kenneth Ransom N5VHO told about all aspects of his job. He explains what goes into scheduling an ARISS school contact and told about his experiences, his daily struggle, to be able to realize requested ARISS contacts.
It is an interesting lecture, she takes 45 minutes, there are a few technical problems with the microphone, but Kenneth solves that practically.

Questions are plentiful, Kenneth repeats the question and gives a clear answer. View it until the end of the lecture.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, about “HamTV Technical Team”

13 October 2017, Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, talked in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland at the 7th Polish-wide Conference of Contributors and Sympathizes of ARISS about “HamTV Technical Team”. This conference aims at exchanging experiences between the participants having the ARISS contact already done and those who are in process of project implementation.

It is also an excellent opportunity to summarize all of previous 16 ARISS contacts from Poland. All people interested in cosmos and technologies used in a space exploration are welcomed.

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

Successful contact for Flight Museum, Texas with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA
Frontiers of Flight Museum
ARISS website – VITA mission

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 Live ARISS Webcast (BATC).

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

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

Radioamateur reports:
Youtube report by M0GIW
Youtube report by G7HCE David Boult
Youtube report by SO7BIT
Youtube report by IW2NUE

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)


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.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

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:
Live ARISS Webcast (BATC)

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:

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

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).

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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.