ARISS Contact - Tallmadge Community Learning Center, Lancaster, OH, direct via K8QIK

Tallmadge Community Learning Center, Lancaster, OH, direct via K8QIK
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT
Contact is a go for: Wed 2018-10-31 14:56:40 UTC 27 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:

Live stream: Afterschool Programs of Lancaster

Congratulations and 73 to all!

More details about the contact from AMSAT-BB:

Click here for the details

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Tallmadge Community Learning Center, Lancaster, OH on 31 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:56 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K8QIK. The contact should be audible over the state of Ohio 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.

Tallmadge Elementary is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the town of Lancaster, Ohio. The ages of our students range between 5 years to 11 years of age.

Our school is so excited for our ARISS contact. Our staff meeting, at the start of our school year, watched a video of our space camp initiative. Every morning the principal during morning announcements, gives a fact about space. He also reads articles from the National Geographic magazine for discussion. The teachers was asked to display space themes on the hallways outside their classrooms, as well as in their classrooms. Our main hall portrays posters of all 25 Ohio astronauts. Special t-shirts were purchased for the staff and students. Space themed music and videos are being shown in our classrooms. The NASA website is being used in our computer tech classes. At the end of this school year, our 4th and 5th graders will take a field trip to Lancaster High School’s planetarium.

We will be hosting space and radio camps. Our students will begin by watching the video with astronaut Sunita Williams giving a tour of the ISS. Camps will have activities for the students, such as sampling space ice cream, learning Morse Code, electricity and magnetism, solar power, and many more topics. These topics will be taught with the help of the Lancaster and Fairfield County Amateur Radio Club, K8QIK. We will also have a presentation from The Curiosity Dome, a portable HD planetarium.

Tallmadge Elementary has a 21st Century Grant after school program. The students in this program will be learning Morse Code, radio communications, electricity and magnetism, solar power, and will be learning about the ISS. Last spring these students participated in NASA’s Rockets Rock and Aeronautics program. On Fridays, these students will train with NASA’s Train like an Astronaut physical education program. COSI, our local science center, will visit with a handson workshop focusing on robotics.

After school students will also have hands on projects with Arduino, building an hydraulic arm, building crystal radios, making Arduino robotic cars, building ISS models from blocks, and many other projects.

Our students, staff, parents, radio club members, and our community are looking forward to our contact with the ISS.

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

  1. How do you scratch your nose in your spacesuit?

  2. How many times do you go around the earth in a year?

  3. How do you know when it is time to go to bed and when to get up?

  4. What does it feel like when you walk or float in outer space and how does your body feel when there is no gravity?

  5. How many years of schooling does it take to become an astronaut?

  6. What does an orbital sunrise look like?

  7. What is it like living on earth after living in space?

  8. Why does a meteor catch on fire when passing through the atmosphere?

  9. Can you describe what a typical day in outer space is like?

  10. What scares you the most in outer space?

  11. Does your space ship have a nick name?

  12. How do you take a shower in space?

  13. What would happen if your ship broke down; what is your back-up plan?

  14. What is the most surprising aspect of a spacewalk?

  15. What do you think you do on the International Space Station that would make life on earth easier for everyone, including yourself?

  16. Are there places besides earth people could live?

  17. Since the sun is 5,772 Kelvins, how can Space still be cold?

  18. Does your phone, laptop, and ipad work up there?

  19. If you had the chance to design your own mission or choose your own destination, where would you go? And why?


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