Actualité et promotion du radioamateurisme

mardi 10 février 2015



Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 08:39 UTC, 09:39 local time, students at "Istituto Salesiano G. Bearzi” in Udine and Intercultura students at "Centro Giovanno XXIII" in Frascati, Roma, Italy established ARISS contact with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZØUDF onboard the International Space Station. These were telebridge contacts performed by Amateur radio ground stations K6DUE, located in Maryland, USA.

Presentation Istituto Salesiano “G. Bearzi”
Brief description of the school and the amateur radio school club (if there is one): The school is a salesian school with 750 students, from 6 to 20 years old. We have also a small hostel for college students.

Presentation of Intercultura
Intercultura is the Italian representative of AFS Intercultural Programs (New York, an international, no profit, voluntary based organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities and cultural exchange programs throughout more than 60 different countries in the world, involving every year 13.000 students and an equivalent number of families and schools. In Italy, Intercultura is a no profit organization (Onlus) recognized by the Italian government, under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign  Affairs. The professional staff of Intercultura is made by 40 people who work in the headquarter of Colle Val D’Elsa (Siena) or in the PR offices based in Milan and Rome. The 4.000 affiliated volunteers are organized in 150 local chapters and offer voluntary work to promote international school based exchange programs.

Mentor Francesco De Paolis IK0WGF proposed to the radio coordinators Mr. Antonio Baldin IW3QKU and Mr. Emanuele D'Andria IØELE the sharing of event and this was accepted. A phone conference call allowed the full sharing of the event between two contact sites involved, moderated by Mr. Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ. The sequence of questions was made alternately by the students at two contact sites involved.

Contact was established at 08:39 UTC, 09:39 local time with NA1SS via K6DUE. ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti IZØUDF answered 12 questions by students.
Samantha Cristoforetti was really very accurate in giving the answers and full of details. Signals from the ISS were good during both ISS passes, but suffering a few moments of fading.

Regional and Local Televisions and newspapers covered the event.
About 500 students, parents, visitors and media attended the events at contact sites.
After the contact, Mrs. Rosa Tagliamonte and Mr. Salvatore  Pignataro by ASI (Italian Space Agency) presented Cristoforetti mission and Italian contribution to International Space Station. Mr. Emanule D'Andria IØELE presented ARISS and explained how a contact with the ISS is performed via Ham Radio.

The contact established with NA1SS was live on AMSAT Italia channel:

The event was announced on ESA Portal - National News:

Congratulations to IW3QKU and IØELE Teams!


Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF
ARISS Mentor
Source directe :  ARISS
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ARISS CUBA le 11 février 2015

Cuba ARISS contact audible over Europe

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at W.T. Sampson, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on 11 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:58 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between IR0ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

School presentation:

WT Sampson Unit School is a K-12 DoDDS (Department of Defense Dependents Schools) school located in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Our school provides education opportunities for GTMO’s students from Sure Start through 12th grade.  Our students are primarily the children of military and civilian families stationed here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

We are accredited by the North Central Association, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).  NCA  CASI is part of the unified organization AdvancED whose focus is to help member schools continually improve student performance and school conditions.  Our mission is to educate, engage, and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world.  We envision a technologically sophisticated learning environment, supported by our families and community, where all students attain their highest levels of success.  Where understanding and appreciating diversity is an integral part of the learning process; thereby, empowering all students to become physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy citizens of the global community.

Although officially designated as a Unit School, WT Sampson is actually located on two separate campuses about 2 miles apart.  Currently, there are approximately 130 students at the elementary school (SS through 5th grade) and 90 students (6th through 12th grade) at the secondary campus.  Despite our small size, WT Sampson provides all students with the highest quality of education and a safe environment.  The dedicated and highly qualified faculty remains focused on the mission, vision, and philosophy of our school.

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

1.  How long did it take you to reach the ISS after launch?
2.  What is the overall size of the space station?  How big are the
3.  What are you researching on the ISS?
4.  What made you want to become an astronaut?
5.  How many days have you been in space?
6.  How type of education does one need to become an astronaut?
7.  What time is it on the space station and how do you know when to sleep?
8.  What happens to your muscles when you return to Earth?
9.  What type of training do you do before going up into space?
10.  How did you feel the first time you launched into outer-space?
11.  When launching, how long does it take to leave the atmosphere?
12.  Since you all live together and are always close to each other, how do you solve conflicts and arguments?
13.  Where do you get fruits and vegetables?
14.  What has been your favorite experience so far on board the ISS?
15.  What do you miss most about Earth while you are on the ISS?
16.  How long can you stay in space?
17.  What are you trying to accomplish on the space station?
18.  How many times have you been to the ISS?
19.  What is it like wearing a space suit?

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard 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.


Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe Chairman
Source directe :   ARISS ON4WF
From : f6agv (AT) free.fr



La Revue d’Aptitude au Lancement (RAL) s’est déroulée le lundi 9 février 2015  au Centre Spatial Guyanais et a autorisé les opérations de chronologie pour le Vol Vega VV04 – IXV.

Le démonstrateur de rentrée atmosphérique IXV de l’Agence spatiale européenne sera placé en orbite par Vega à l’occasion de son quatrième lancement depuis le Centre spatial guyanais (CSG) situé en Guyane française.

La capacité de retour sur Terre depuis l’espace est essentielle pour rendre possibles des plans ambitieux en matière d’étages de lanceurs réutilisables, de retour d’échantillons depuis d’autres planètes et de retour d’équipages depuis des infrastructures orbitales. La mission IXV sera la première à expérimenter une série de systèmes et de technologies innovants, en réalisant une rentrée atmosphérique complète avec un corps portant, combinant la simplicité d’une capsule et les performances d’un véhicule à voilure présentant une contrôlabilité et une manœuvrabilité excellentes pour assurer un atterrissage de précision.


Le lancement sera effectué depuis le Site de Lancement Vega (SLV) en Guyane française, entre :

10h00 et 11h43 (Heure de Guyane) le 11 février 2015

08h00 et 09h43 (Heure de Washington, DC)

13h00 et 14h43 (UTC)

14h00 et 15h43 (Heure de Paris)

Pour suivre l’événement en direct sur Internet et en haut débit HD, connectez vous sur le site www.arianespace.com <http://www.arianespace.com/> (commentaires depuis Kourou en français et en anglais à partir de H-15 mn). Suivez également le lancement en direct sur iPad, iPhone ou Android 4+.




THE LAUNCH READINESS REVIEW (RAL) took place in Kourou on Monday February 09, 2015 and authorized count-down operations for the Vega – IXV launch.
The fourth Vega launch from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana, will orbit the European Space Agency's IXV atmospheric reentry demonstrator.

The capability of returning from space is a cornerstone for enabling ambitious plans in reusable launcher stages, sample return from other planets and crew return from orbital infrastructures. The IXV mission will pioneer a series of system and technology aspects, performing a full atmospheric reentry mission with a lifting-body, incorporating the simplicity of a capsule and the performance of a winged vehicle with high controllability and manoeuvrability for precision landing. It will verify the most advanced thermal protection concepts and guidance navigation and control techniques, along with aerothermodynamic experiments, using more than 300 payload sensors.

The launch will be from the Vega Launch Site (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana.


Liftoff is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, 2015 between:

10:00 am and 11:43 am local time in French Guiana

08:00 am and 09:43 am in Washington, D.C.

01:00 pm and 02:43 pm, UTC

02:00 pm and 03:43 pm in Paris

Webcast starts 15 minutes before. You can also watch the video transmission live on your iPad, iPhone or Android 4+ devices, the Arianespace HD App is available for free.


ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is ready for its launch and reentry mission on 11 February. The launch is scheduled for 13:00 GMT (14:00 CET) atop a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Streaming starts at 12:45 GMT (13:45 CET)
This IXV mission will test cutting-edge system and technology aspects to provide Europe with an independent reentry capability, and a building block for reusable space transportation systems. It will validate designs for lifting-bodies, incorporating both the simplicity of capsules and the performance of winged vehicles, with high controllability and manoeuvrability for precision landing...

Lire l'article complet :    http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/IXV/Watch_IXV_launch

Source directe :  ESA
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BALLON pour le FESTIVAL de GEEK du 20 au 22 février 2015 MARGATE (UK)

Le festival de GEEK se déroulera du 20-22 Février au Winter Gardens, de Margate.
Comme son nom l'indique c' est un festival de jeux, jeux d'ordinateur, et de réseau social. J' ai fait équipe avec GEEK pour envoyer une "capsule" dans l'espace proche sur le festival dans le cadre de l'un des jeux d'événements en marge.
Le jeu s' appelle «Recherche sociale» et c'est un jeu de construction de réseaux sociaux pour récupérer la "capsule" atmosphérique.
Le CAA vient de me donner l'autorisation de lancer une "capsule" attachée à un ballon météo qui va flotter jusqu'à 33 kilomètres au-dessus de la Terre et en dérive sur l'Europe.
Les participants pourront suivre la capsule sur les cartes en ligne que fournira GEEK et de construire un réseau social en utilisant Facebook et Twitter pour trouver une personne qui peut sortir et ramasser la charge utile quand elle atterrira quelque part en Europe.
Le gagnant sera l'équipe qui sera la première à retrouver le tracker GPS et l'appareil photo et retourner la charge utile à GEEK.
Il y aura neuf autres finalistes pour les prix.
Le jeu est libre, et gratuit, pour jouer il sera basé sur les personnes qui utilisent Twitter et Facebook pour construire un réseau social et de trouver quelqu'un à proximité du site d'atterrissage prêt à sortir pour récupérer la capsule.
Il n'est également pas limité aux personnes qui fréquentent GEEK mais peut être joué par n' importe qui, qui pourrait aller sur le site Web de GEEK ....
Ce sera "géant" pour les enfants plus âgés....
Nous allons utiliser un ballon de 1200gm, SPOT Tracker et une caméra vidéo KODAK.
Le suivi pour le SPOT sera sur la page du jeu.
Voici quelques liens vers des sites Web concernés:
Bonne chance, Chris Hillcox

Source directe :  Chris Hillcox
Exclusivité from : f6agv (AT) free.fr   good job, Chriss !

The GEEK festival will be running from 20-22nd February at the Winter Gardens, Margate. As the name suggests it is a festival of gaming, computer gaming, and social networking. I have teamed up with GEEK to send a capsule into near space over the festival as part of one of the fringe event games.

The game is called 'Social Searching' and is a game of building social networks to recover the near space capsule. The CAA have just given me clearance to launch a capsule attached to a weather balloon which will float up to 33km above the Earth and drift over Europe. Participants will track the capsule in the online maps that GEEK will provide and build a social network using facebook and twitter to find a person who can pop out and pick up the payload when it lands somewhere in Europe. The winner will be the team who is first to return the GPS tracker and camera payload to GEEK. There are 9 other runners up prizes. The game is free to enter, and free to play... as will be based on people using Twitter and facebook to build a social network and find someone near the landing site prepared to go out and recover the capsule. It is also not restricted to people attending GEEK but can be played by anyone who can go onto the GEEK web site.... so great for older kids on half term.
We will be using a 1200gm balloon, SPOT tracker and KODAK video camera. Tracking for the SPOT is on the game page.
Here are a few links to relevant web sites:-
All the best,
Chris Hillcox

GEEK is a festival of computer gaming and play held in Margate each year.
This year it is on 20-22nd February. At my own cost, I've teamed up with
GEEK to create a game called 'Social Searching'. The game is like the
Czech Stratocaching but is much more low tech and smaller scale. We will be
launching the prize attached to the payload from the Winter Gardens in
Margate over the weekend festival weekend. The aim of the game is to build
a social network and find a person close to the landing site who is
prepared to go out and recover the payload. Tracking will be through the
location reports from a SPOT 1 tracker - as I said it is low tech.   The
winning team will be the one to return the payload but there will also be 9
runner up prizes. Permission has already been granted for the launch with a
few limitations.

Source directe :  Chris Hillcox
Exclusivité :  from f6agv (AT) free.fr

Présentation DMR au radioclub F5KMB (60) le samedi 7 février 2015

Bonjour à tous,

Samedi 7 février 2015 a eu lieu une présentation DMR dans les locaux du
radio-club de Saint Just en Chaussée, F5KMB (60). Un accueil chaleureux a
été réservé à l'équipe DMR France par le Président du club, Laurent - F4FSD
issue d'une grande famille de radioamateurs (Grand-Père, Père et Oncle).
Les membres présents se sont montrés tout aussi conviviaux.

Les premiers échanges se sont déroulés autour d'un café puis Yannick -
F1TUV et Emmanuel - F1PRY sont intervenus tour à tour pour présenter les
généralités de ce mode numérique ; les différents projets DMR en cours de
développement avec démonstration à l'appui sur le relais d'Auneuil situé à
40 Km de là ainsi que la méthode de financement participative communautaire
nécessaire au déploiement du réseau. L'assistance composée d'une vingtaine
d'OM's dont certains ont parcouru plus de 100 Km, a été particulièrement
attentive est s'est montrée assez séduite par la qualité des transmissions

Un grand merci à l'équipe de F5KMB à qui nous disons à bientôt sur l'air en

A quand un nouveau projet en Picardie ?

Source : F5KMB
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