Oct 08

Frank De Winne talks to St-Michielscollege Brasschaat

The ARISS contact was a direct operated by ground station ON7RT,  Willy Goovaerts, ON5JM conducted operations at Wednesday October 7, 2009 at 10:21 UTC, which is 12:21 CEST.

Sep 23

Frank De Winne contact with VTI St Lucas in Oudenaarde

Under the enthusiastic leadership of Patriek De Temmerman ON8PDT, the school has been working on this project for a whole school year. It was the central theme of the School’s Open Day and space and the ISS were linked to many courses. The contact was a direct operated by ground station ON4OB (UBA section ODE), Tuesday 22 September at 13:47 UTC, which is 15:47 CEST.

ARISS Antenna built by the students of the VTI Sint Lucas Oudenaarde

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Sep 17

UBA section AAA set up an portable ARISS groundstation

The UBA section AAA has developed a mobile ARISS ground station for ARISS school contact with Frank Dewinne. A few weeks before the ARISS contact, the section set up the ground station to fully test it. The design and execution was carried out under the professional guidance of Willy Goovaerts, ON5JM, section chairman.

Aug 25

Frank De Winne talks to people Urania observatory.

There was an ARISS radio contact on Monday, August 24 2009 with Frank De Winne, ON1DWN, from the public observatory Urania in Hove (near Antwerp). It was a telebridge contact, respectively, through VK4KHZ , Queensland, Australia. Frank De Winne talked to twenty children could ask questions. The conversation was moderated by Gaston Bertels ON4WF with the help of Rik ON7YD.

Jun 13

Frank De Winne talks to schoolchildren from Leuven

On Friday, June 13th 2009, in the afternoon primary school students got the opportunity to speak with astronaut Frank De Winne. The direct link with the International Space Station was made with the help of radio amateurs. Frank De Winne answered 22 questions on a range of subjects. The children wanted to know more about what life is like in outer space.


The contact via the so-called ‘telebridge’ took place in the framework of the international ARISS amateur radio programme. The telebridge connection was set up for contact between primary school students of the Terbank-Egenhoven school in Heverlee (near Leuven, in Flemish Brabant).

The radio link was established by ON4ISS the ARISS telebridge ground station, operated by Philippe Van houte, ON5PV. The Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne, ON1DWN operated OR4ISS.

Oct 14

ARISS 41 and ARISS 43 were installed on Columbus

October 9 th and 10 th, 2007 ARISS 41 and ARISS 43 were installed on Columbus in the high bay of the Kennedy Space Center. October 12 th the electrical properties of cables and antennas have been tested and validated.

ARISS 41 and ARISS 43 were installed on Columbus - nadir site

Columbus in the high bay of the Kennedy Space Center.

Two L/S band patch antennas (ARISS 41 and ARISS 43) were installed on the nadir side of Columbus.

Dec 22

AO-40 suffered a catastrophic failure

The newspaper “De Standaard” 22 Dec 2000 provides a report on the status of AO-40. On board was a K-band transponder developed by a AMSAT-ON team. The original idea was to have a 24 GHz beacon. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, suggested to build a transponder. Unfortunately, the result of all these efforts was never fully operational.