Kiroli Elementary School (click to view their web page) had an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, ARISS, contact shortly after 1 PM Central Time, September 22, 2011 between NA1SS and AE5V.  The students spoke to Dr. Satoshi Furukawa for about 10 minutes.

It was a Great day!

The school gathered to see the action!

Dr. Paul Wiedemeier and some of the students

KLM Beam with Yaesu AzEl rotor and M2 Egg Beater

Primary Rig


Thanks to Carolyn Norris, the students, faculty, and staff of Kiroli Elementary School

Thanks to Paul Wiedemeier for having the vision to do it and making it happen

Thanks to Keith Pugh, W5IU, and Roger Ley, W9PZL, for mentoring, technical assistance, support, equipment, and being there.

Thanks to the ULM Amateur Radio Club members and Mark Ketchell, K5ER, for being available too.


 * *  Paul's Web Site with text, audio, and video links. Check it out  * *

The News Star Gallery - click here

Click here to see what Google can find for you about the event.

When asked what did we use to make the contact ...

  • Kenwood TS-2000x

  • Kenwood speaker case with 4" woofer

  • LMR 400 coax

  • KLM 143-150-14C beam on the roof

  • Yaesu G-5500 Az El Rotor

  • Control Cable 6 conductor x 2 - 16 ga

  • Toshiba laptop

  • SatPC32/SatPC32ISS

  • Keyspan USB converter

  • LVB rotor interface

  • 22 inch 2nd monitor

  • various other programs to update time and for security

  • Astron SS-25 power supply

  • Belkin 750 VA UPS without internal battery

  • AGM Duralast battery for Belkin UPS

  • West Mountain RigRunner power distribution

  • Laptop

  • Skype

  • Yaesu 847

  • M2 Egg Beater on the roof

  • LMR 400 coax

  • 3 element hand held quad to be used from inside the facility if weather did not permit using the outside antennas

If you would like to find out more about having an ARISS educational event,  you will need to contact NASA to get  the proposal material.  Contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, at or by calling them at (281)  244-2320.

NASA ARISS Site             RAC ARISS Site            ARRL ARISS Site


Shadow Beacon Experiment - click here to learn more


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station / ISS via YouTube

Daily Flight Plan Timelines for activity aboard the ISS

Satellite, Shuttle, and ISS Tracking * ISS Fan Club

AMSAT - ARISS  *  Satellite Prediction from AMSAT  *  Amateur Radio on the ISS

Russian Federal Space Agency ROSCOSMOS

Track the ISS and satellites, control the radio, and perhaps the antenna with SatPC32

See who is digipeating via the ISS packet station.  See the recent station listing.

Listen on 145.825 FM for the packet signals as the ISS flies overhead several times each day.

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