Jon Turner, AC1EV, writes:
An ARISS contact is scheduled for this Friday, February 5th with students from the Ottawa Carleton District in Ottawa, ON, Canada. The contact will be a multipoint telebridge contact. Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, will serve as the relay amateur radio station. The astronaut is Mike Hopkins, amateur radio call sign KF5LJG.
The pre-contact program will begin around 12:20 pm local time and the ISS will come over the horizon at about 12:40 pm local time. You can listen to the downlink from the ISS on 145.800 MHz FM and you can watch the pre-contact program and the contact on the ARISS YouTube channel via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxm5Ca2y0HD_NxXlZWXv11A
[…] There are different frequencies for uplink and downlink so it is only possible for the public to monitor the downlink. The ISS will be overhead in our area for this contact, so it will be easy to hear.
One of the things I am doing now in ham radio is helping Fred Kemmerer, who is the President of the Nashua Area Radio Society, work with schools to make scheduled contacts with an astronaut on the International Space Station. Fred is a designated ARISS mentor for the US. ARISS is an organization that coordinates Amateur Radio activities on the International Space Station. I am currently assisting Fred behind the scenes with testing and setting up the ground infrastructure and internet connectivity needed to have students who are remote to their school have successful contacts with the ISS. We have a project underway with a school in Nashua for a contact in a few weeks.
This is a link to the recent contact from RSU#21 in Maine:
Here is a link to a report from a TV station about a contact from a few weeks ago with RSU#21:
Here are other links on the contact you may find interesting:
I hope you find this interesting and are able to tune in to hear ham radio from space.
73 and stay safe (sane, too)