Boulder Hill Elementary School, Montgomery, Illinois, USA, Tuesday, (06 Mar) 16:03 UTC


An International Space Station Expedition 14 ARISS school contact has been planned with students at Boulder Hill Elementary School, Montgomery, Illinois, USA on 06 March. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:03 UTC.

The contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and W9BHB. The contact should be audible in portions of central and eastern North America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Additional listening options are listed below. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

IRLP - Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010.
You may also connect via the IRLP Discovery website at

EchoLink - The audio from this contact will be available on the EchoLink *AMSAT* (node 101 377) and the *JK1ZRW* (node 277 208) conference rooms. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load light on the *AMSAT* server. This will ensure good audio quality for all listeners.

Boulder Hill Elementary School in Montgomery, Illinois has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact . To prepare for the contact, fourth and fifth graders involved in the school's Ham Radio Club have been engaged in science and communications experiments and have used amateur radio to speak with others locally, nationally, and internationally.

This important contact will be integrated in the school's curricula through science and art activities including the investigations of the Earth in space, communication, and the International Space Station. Kindergarteners will be focusing on the planet Earth, first graders on Astronauts (Sunita Williams), second graders on Air transportation, third graders on solar energy, fourth graders on satellites/communication, and fifth graders on the ISS.

Students from the school's Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the contact during an all school assembly. Members of the local amateur radio community will assist the school station W9BHB. Also, local government officials and the media have been invited to the event.

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What is the most challenging task you do everyday?
2. How long have you wanted to be an astronaut?
3. What is your favorite thing to do in space?
4. If I wanted to become an astronaut, what type of classes would I need to take in school?
5. If you weren't an astronaut, what would you be?
6. How hard is it to dock your spacecraft to the station?
7. What happens if you get seriously hurt, do you have medical training?
8. What was your favorite type of helicopter to fly?
9. What kind of clothes do you wear in space?
10. Have you ever seen a storm on a different planet?
11. Is the food you eat up there good?
12. How many times have you gone into space?
13. How did you become an astronaut?
14. What was the experience of launching like?
15. How much oxygen do you have when you do a spacewalk?
16. What's the scariest thing you have ever done in space?
17. What kind of games do you play in space?
18. How do you brush your teeth in space?
19. How do you take showers in space?
20. What other planets can you see?
21. How long does it take to get out of the atmosphere?
22. Do your ears pop when you go into space?
23. Have you ever seen space rocks?

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS is not functioning in the automatic modes properly and may be silent more than usual. Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at .

Next planned event(s):
Mission Viejo, CA, direct via K6UCI, Thu 2007-03-08 16:42 UTC

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).

Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO

N5VHO – Mon, 2007 – 03 – 05 13:50


I was able to hear from the start until the answer for question #15 with good signals during the entire pass in Houston. This was Suni's 12th school contact since arriving on the ISS.

Kenneth - N5VHO,com_weblinks/catid,14/Itemid...

Submitted by N5VHO on Tue, 2007-03-06 13:10.

Simply Outstanding

As the control op for W9BHB yesterday at Boulder Hill I can't express enough thanks to the ARISS program. In the short time since the contact, I have been phoned and e-mailed and talked to by just about every adult who was present. We met as a club after school and the kids were still in shock. A student I don't know, I think he was a 2nd grader came up to me in the hallway and handed me a folded piece of blue construction paper, I opened it and inside was a pencil drawing of the antennas on the roof, a bunch of wire a table with a stick figure holding a mic reaching out to another stick figure with what looks to be the the ISS at the top of the page. I brought that home and framed it, it's now hanging proudly in my shack. Parents of students, administrators, political figures. Each of them said the same thing: " When Suni's voice came through the static for the first time, I couldn't believe it, tears started streaming down my face" it was a very unique and emotional experience for those 700 who gathered to join us for this moment. On behalf of the teachers and students of Club Station W9BHB and Boulder Hill Elementary School our sincere thanks and appreciation go to ARISS and to Suni Williams!

John Spasojevich

Submitted by John Spasojevich on Wed, 2007-03-07 16:08.

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