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Tuesday September 24, ARISS contact scheduled with school in Cesano Maderno, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Scuola Media Statale “Salvo D’Acquisto”, Cesano Maderno, Italy The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:18 UTC, which is 12:18 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge operated by VK5ZAI, located in Kingston, southern Australia.

The event will be webcast on http://www.livestream.com/amsat_italia The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

Salvo D’Acquisto Middle School is located in the centre of Cesano Maderno, not far from Monza (Milano). The school counts 558 students and 59 teachers. A class of 26 students will be involved in the project. These thirteen years old students are attending the third and final year of middle school. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian by astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

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Saturday September 21, ARISS contact scheduled with school in Bari, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Sarnelli De Donato Middle School, Polignano a Mare, Bari, Italy. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:03 UTC, which is 12:03 CEST.

The contact will be a telebridge operated by W6SRJ, located in Santa Rosa, California. The event will be webcast on http://www.livestream.com/amsat_italia The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

“Sarnelli De Donato” School is a middle school. It caters for boys and girls, aged 11-14. Located in one of the region’s tourist areas, it is situated in the suburbs of the pleasant town of Polignano a Mare, in the south-east of the APULIA region, south-east of Italy. In its Curriculum the school focuses on: Space Communication, Media Communication, the Environment, Science activities in lab. The school has a gym, an auditorium, a music room, two computer rooms, a new scientific laboratory, a video room, 22 classrooms. At present there are 526 students on roll and they attend the regular class daily, from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm.

The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian by astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP. 

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

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Monday September 16, ARISS contact scheduled with school in Villasanta, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto Comprensivo Statale E. Fermi A. Oggioni, Villasanta, Italy. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:04 UTC, which is 10:04 CEST.

The contact will be a direct operated by IZ2GOJ. The contact should be audible in Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian by astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.

The Fermi Middle School is located in the centre of Villasanta near Monza (Milano). There are 403 students and 43 teachers. One class (25 students) is involved in the project. These students are thirteen years old and they are attending the third and final year of middle school.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

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Ham Video - EST and Simulations

HamTV Bulletin 2 - September 10, 2013

Ham Video Commissioning preparation is progressing. An EST (Experiment Sequence Test) has been performed 28-29 August and Simulations tests were done 5-6 September 2013.

The EST consisted of a series of tests, mainly of the ground segment. For the Commissioning, the VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) station of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), located near Matera, southern Italy, will be used for receiving the DATV signals from the ISS. For the EST, the IK1SLD ground station, situated at Casale Monferrato, northern Italy was used. IK1SLD is one of the ARISS telebridge stations, fully equiped for VHF and UHF. It was recently upgraded for S-band with a 1.2m dish, feed, downconverter and precision tracking motors.

For the EST, a very low power transmitter, installed in the shack, generated signals on the Ham Video frequencies, transmitting a DATV recording at 1.3 and 2.0 MS/s and FEC ½. The DATV signal was received and decoded by the IK1SLD station and webstreamed to the BATC server. B.USOC (Belgian User Support and Operations Center – ESA) conducted operations. B.USOC and EAC (European Astronaut Center – Cologne, Germany) specialists operated from Livorno at Kayser Itallia\'s laboratory, where a Ham Video unit, the so-called EBB (Elegant BreadBox), is operational. Parties involved were interconnected per teleconference. At Casale Monferrato, Claudio Ariotti IK1SLD and Piero Tognolatti I0KPT produced, received and webstreamed the signals in the different configurations as requested by B.USOC. ESA and ARISS observers participated to the EST teleconference. After debriefing, the EST was declared successful.

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Monday September 9, ARISS contact scheduled with Swiss school

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at S.A.M.T. (Scuola Arti Mestieri Trevano), Canobbio, Switzerland. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 07:17 UTC, which is 09:17 CEST. The contact will be a direct operated by HB9OK.

The contact should be audible in Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian by astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.

The S.A.M.T. (Scuola Arti Mestieri Trevano) school for multimedia electronics operates in the fields of electronics and computer technology (audio and video devices, computer science, telecommunications, etc.). The AFC (certificate of professional capacity) and the school’s technical qualifications certificate enable students to access university studies in the fields of Electronics, Telecommunications and Computer Technology.

Participants, aged 14-18, will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

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