Okay, so, what is Ariss?
Ariss stands for Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station, Yes that’s right they use Amateur Radio up there too, I
mean is that cool? or is that cool? During Tim Peake’s time on
the Space Station, Ariss UK had ten contacts with him from
different schools around the country, Not only did they use
Amateur Radio but they also used Amateur TV at some
locations too, so not only could students talk to him and hear
him they could also see him at the same time and bringing
much better quality pictures than the Apollo missions to the
moon, what this experience does to student’s morale must be
colossal, if this had been around in my schooldays I would have
got some unimaginable boost from this, Just seeing it happen is
fantastic to me as I’ve always wanted to perform space
communications from a personal point of view.
Okay so technology has in fact moved on from the likes of 1969
yes, but these people have developed the skills and the know
how to perform this task to a very high standard and as the
Amateur Licence states it’s for Self Learning, Self Teaching
(Hmm I think they have that pretty much covered don’t you?)
Another point to add is that Every single time a school or
college make a contact with the ISS it is in fact an experiment
for the team too. I have just started to embark on a mission to
bring the Ariss team to my old school in Dagenham, I feel that
the students there would get a tremendous lift from this
experience and give them a wonderful memory for life.
You can monitor the space station for yourself on 145.800 MHz
just using a handheld radio and the standard antenna.
On 14th October 2018 at the RSGB
Convention, Ciaran Morgan M0XTD
made contact with Astronaut Dr.
Serena M. Auñón.(Pictured Left)
Contact was a bit worrying at first
because we could clearly hear her
but she couldn’t hear us,
Fortunately it was a temporary
issue (just as well, you don’t get
too long). Great to hear though and
I am a firm believer that education at Primary school is equally important as in
secondary school, yes you understand more as you get older but what you can
learn at primary school can spark a lifelong interest. For me I became interested
in radio with the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, yes there were television pictures
direct from the Lunar surface but what I was more interested in was the time in
between, the journey out and the journey back when all you could do was hear
them and that unmistakable sound of the Roger beep. At that time I was only 10
years old, it has stayed with me ever since. So at that age any youngster can be
inspired to achieve great things that’s for sure. That is why I have taken the idea
of a school contact to a local school to me. I see pupils from the nearby Thomas
Arnold school walk past everyday and everyday I think let’s get them talking to
the ISS and see just how inspired they can become.
Amateur Radio? Yeah right, these guys are nigh on professional in their approach
and skill, their enthusiasm just seems to rub off on everyone concerned, not only
do they take you through the contact but teach the students quite a bit as to what
they and the ISS are doing and Ciaran M0XTD takes us through the whole event.
If you know a school that would like to host such an event then contact Ciaran
who I am sure will help you through the process.