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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS017 (2000)

ARLS017 First ARISS school picked

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Space Bulletin 017  ARLS017
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  November 9, 2000
To all radio amateurs

ARLS017 First ARISS school picked

Students at an Illinois school are set to be the first to talk via
Amateur Radio with the crew of the ISS, as part of the Amateur Radio
on the International Space Station--or ARISS--program. The Burbank
School in Burbank, Illinois, is tentatively scheduled to have a QSO
with the Expedition 1 crew in December. An exact date has not been
set, and the schedule remains at the mercy of the crew's heavy work

The Burbank School applied for a Space Amateur Radio EXperiment QSO
in January 1996, and its application is currently the one waiting
the longest in the files. Another 18 schools are under consideration
for ARISS school contacts.

Burbank School has chosen 12 students to speak to the Expedition One
crew. The entire school has organized educational activities that
revolve around the International Space Station. Teachers throughout
the school are using AMSAT and ARRL news articles as teaching

A design contest for a logo to be used at the educational event was
held, and the winning logo will be featured on T-shirts.

Charles Sufana, AJ9N, is the AMSAT school mentor for the Burbank

The ISS Expedition 1 crew hopes to have the Amateur Radio initial
station gear installed and checked out soon. The crew of US
astronaut and ISS Expedition 1 Commander William ''Shep'' Shepherd,
KD5GSL, and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR, and Yuri
Gidzenko arrived aboard the ISS November 2.