Youngsters On the Air Summer Camp Doubles Down On ARISS Contacts:
The ARRL Letter
August 10, 2017
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Youngsters On the Air International Summer Camp Doubles Down On ARISS Contacts:
More than 80 participants from about 30 countries are wrapping up this
year's Youngsters on the Air (
https://www.ham-yota.com/) international summer camp -- YOTA UK 2017
http://www.ham-yota.com/uk-2017/ -- which continues until August 12
at Gilwell Park in London, the site of Scouting headquarters in the UK.
Attendees include two members of the German team who cycled all the
way. The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB
serving as the host of YOTA UK 2017.
Those attending were fortunate to have experienced not one but two
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwEtrZ7iehQ with ISS astronaut Paolo
Nespoli, IZ0JPA. The first contact was video only via HamTV
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/hamtv-on-the-iss/ -- the digital
Amateur Radio television system on the ISS -- and the second was audio
only. A glitch in the attempted video contact led to the second attempt
via more conventional means.
DATV pictures on 2395 MHz were successfully received on the ground,
and campers and onlookers were able to see Nespoli floating in the
Columbus module. He could copy audio from the ground, but because of an
issue with the Ericsson 2-meter transceiver on the ISS, the YOTA UK
2017 participants could not hear him.
A second, more successful, contact took place during the next orbital
pass. For this session, Nespoli operated the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the Russian Service Module. The
young radio amateurs used the special event call sign GB4YOTA to speak
with Nespoli at NA1SS, as many spectators looked on. A group of young
Scouts visiting Gilwell Park were excited to witness the contact and
listen in as 12 YOTA UK 2017 participants asked Nespoli questions about
life on the station, many of them of a more technical nature.
Among other activities, YOTA 2017 participants have been on the HF
bands from GB17YOTA. They also put together QRP CW transceiver kits
that they can take home. An outing to an Amateur Radio Direction
Finding (ARDF) course offered participants a challenge. All of the
youngsters will have the opportunity to take the UK Foundation class
Amateur Radio exam. This summer's gathering in the UK is the seventh
international YOTA camp.
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