ARISS Contact - Sint-Jozefcollege, Turnhout, Belgium, direct via ON4NOK/P

Sint-Jozefcollege, Turnhout, Belgium, direct via ON4NOK/P
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Alexander Gerst KF5ONO
Contact is a go for: Tue 2018-10-16 12:04:13 UTC 88 deg

Several stations were able to receive parts of the contact:

Map of the ground track, the above mentioned SatNOGS ground stations and the contact site:

Congratulations and 73 to all!

More details about the contact from AMSAT-BB:

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An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Sint-Jozefcollege, Turnhout, Belgium on 16 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:04 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and ON4NOK. The contact should be audible over Belgium and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in German/English.

Saint-Josephcollege is a school situated in Turnhout, in the north of Belgium, in the middle of a green park with a lot of sporting facilities. It consists of 4 schools: kindergarten, 2 primary schools and 1 secondary school. The contact will be made with students of the secondary school and one pupil of the primary school. It’s a general secondary school with around 750 students (age 12-18), 45% are girls, 55% are boys. Almost 200 of these students live here during the week in the boarding school, which is also part of Saint-Josephcollege. We have different directions at our school (ancient languages, modern languages, mathematics, science, economy, human sciences). Our school prepares students for higher education, but beside the lessons, as we are a Jesuit school, we think it’s very important to cultivate every student as a single person, letting them taste of all kind of new opportunities, like this contact with ISS.

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

  1. Is space beautiful or is it just empty and black?

  2. Can you describe weightlessness?

  3. I am worried about climate change. Can you see the impact of this when you look down on earth?

  4. Was it your dream to go to space?

  5. If you could travel to Mars, would you do so, even if you knew you couldn’t come back?

  6. Can you make music in space, because sound can only travel in air and there is no air in space?

  7. There is no running water in space. How do you supply enough water?

  8. How many degrees Celcius is it in the space station and how many degrees is it outside?

  9. Which experiments do you do on ISS? Which circumstances are not possible down on earth?

  10. Which experiment did you like the most?

  11. If you do so, how do you make oxygen in space and how do you filter CO2

  12. How did you become an astronaut, or how would one, to your knowledge, go about becoming an astronaut?

  13. What is your favourite food in space?

  14. What do you do in your spare time? Can you follow news and social media?

  15. Do you have trouble adjusting back to earth’s gravity after 6 months in space?

  16. What is, after months of isolation, your relation to time? How do you maintain your biological clock?

  17. What happens when an astronaut gets really ill in space?

  18. Do women and men have the same physical challenges adapting to life in microgravity?

  19. Why is it so important to spend so much money on space travel, when we have so many problems like famine here on earth?

  20. Wieviel Kilogramm Muskeln werden Sie ungef"hr nach Ihren Aufenthalt auf der ISS verloren haben? How many kilograms of muscles will you have lost after your stay in the ISS?

  21. Was ist das sch"nste der Erde dass Sie aus dem Weltraum schon gesehen haben? What is the nicest part of earth you have seen in space?


About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums. Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see,, and

Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN