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Sun Nov 26, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Update on tomorrow’s ARISS contact with Ashbury College in Ottawa

ARISS contact also scheduled for Tuesday, November 28 with Huntley Centennial Public School

http://wp.rac.ca/update-on-tomorrows-ariss-contact-with-ashbury-college-in-ottawa/

Note: An ARISS contact is also scheduled for Tuesday, November 28 with Huntley Centennial Public School. More information is provided below and will be updated as soon as new information arrives.

The following news item provides information about tomorrow's ARISS contacts on November 27:

ARISS contact on Monday, November 27:

An International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with participants at Ashbury College in Ottawa, Ontario for tomorrow November 27.

The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:39 UTC.

It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK4KHZ and the scheduled astronaut is Joe Acaba, KE5DAR.

The contact should be audible over Australia 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.

The Moderator will be Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, and the Mentor on site is Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD.

The event will be held in the Theatre and there is expected to be approximately 400 Grade 9 to 11 students. ARISS HAMTV is not planned.

Ashbury College is an independent academic institution in the heart of Canada's Capital. From Grades 4 to 12, students are prepared for post-secondary education, all while cultivating a strong sense of community engagement, and independent learning. We are part of the International Baccalaureate program and have a deep involvement in the Round Square initiative as well as additional science and math programs. We as a school believe that our participation in the ARISS communication session with the International Space Station would provide valuable and relevant information to our students, as well as reflect our roots in Internationalism and STEM. The students attending the broadcast will be all of the Grade 9 and 10 students as well as students in the Space and Science course and Kinesiology course.

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

1) Microgravity has shown to cause a decrease in muscle mass which can impact muscle strength, endurance, contraction and other key muscular activities. What are some ways that you prevent muscular atrophy in zero gravity and how do you prepare for this prior to space flight?

2) How do you adjust to a sleep cycle on the ISS (the sun sets 16 times)? How do you readjust to a sleep cycle when you return to Earth?

3) What do you miss most about Earth while on the ISS?

4) Funding excepted, what are the obstacles to adding an artificial gravity module to the ISS, considering the potential benefits astronauts could receive from it during long-term space missions?

5) What was the application process like to become an astronaut? What set you apart from your peers?

6) How do the plants grown on the ISS differ from those on Earth? Are there any sustaining food sources?

7) What type of projects/research do you do in outer space and what is your favourite experiment to work on the ISS?

8) In space, the loss of bone mass is found to be up to 10 times the amount of osteoporosis. On earth, one of the ways we prevent bone loss is by increasing resistance training, however, there is no resistance in zero gravity. How do you prepare for and cope with this bone loss in a micro-gravitational environment before, during and after space flight, especially when you are up there for longer periods of time (i.e., six months)? Does this affect things like healing bone fractures?

9) What do you do for fun?

10) What is the most frustrating/exciting part of being an astronaut?

11) What were your first thoughts when arriving at the ISS? Any fear or just excitement?

12) How will things be different with the new space station planned to orbit the moon compared to the International Space Station?

13) How do you bathe?

There is also a scheduled contact for Tuesday, November 28 as follows:

ARISS contact on Tuesday, November 28:

An International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with students at Huntley Centennial Public School in Carp, Ontario.

A telebridge contact via IK1SLD is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28 at 18:46:37 UTC 50 deg.

The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be IRĜISS and the scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA.

The Moderator will be Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, and the Mentor on site is Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD

The audience size is expected to be about 600 Grade 2 to 6 students and the event will be held in the Gym. At present we do not know if ARISS HAMTV is planned.

ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to aj9n@amsat.org or aj9n@aol.com

Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.80 MHz. All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise noted.

Background Information:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world. The primary purpose of ARISS is to organize scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio.

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

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, firsthand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on the International Space Station can energize youth and instill an interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on their website.

Source: Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, RAC ARISS Board Representative
Upcoming Contacts: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)



Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 26-11-17 | [0] comments (83 views) | 

Thu Nov 23, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Upcoming ARISS Contacts in Ottawa and Carp, Ontario: November 27 and 28



Ashbury College: November 27 and Huntley Centennial Public School: November 28


http://wp.rac.ca/upcoming-ariss-contacts-on-november-27-28-ontario/


The following news item provides information about upcoming ARISS contacts on November 27 and 28:


ARISS contact on Monday, November 27:


An International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with students at Ashbury College in Ottawa, Ontario.


A telebridge contact via VK4KHZ is scheduled for Monday, November 27 at 18:39:58 UTC 47 deg.


The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is Joe Acaba, KE5DAR.


The Moderator will be Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, and the Mentor on site is Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD.


The event will be held in the Theatre and there is expected to be approximately 400 Grade 9 to 11 students. ARISS HAMTV is not planned.


ARISS contact on Tuesday, November 28:


An International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with students at Huntley Centennial Public School in Carp, Ontario.


A telebridge contact via IK1SLD is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28 at 18:46:37 UTC 50 deg.


The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be IRĜISS and the scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA.


The Moderator will be Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, and the Mentor on site is Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD


The audience size is expected to be about 600 Grade 2 to 6 students and the event will be held in the Gym. At present we do not know if ARISS HAMTV is planned.


ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to aj9n@amsat.org or aj9n@aol.com


Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.80 MHz. All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise noted.


Background Information:


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world. The primary purpose of ARISS is to organize scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio.


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


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, firsthand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on the International Space Station can energize youth and instill an interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on their website.


Source: Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, RAC ARISS Board Representative

Upcoming Contacts: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)



Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 23-11-17 | [0] comments (158 views) | 

[RAC-Bulletin] Update on the Canada C3 Expedition: new call sign VE0EXP

Deadline for Canada C3 submissions: November 30

http://wp.rac.ca/update-on-canada-c3-and-rac150-awards/

With the successful completion of the Canada C3 Expedition culminated upon the Polar Prince’s arrival in Victoria, British Columbia it has been necessary to retire the CG3EXP special event call sign.

An opportunity arose to have the Polar Prince carry the Ultimate 3 WSPR beacon as the ship returns to the East Coast via the Panama Canal. For this unique Amateur Radio opportunity, the Polar Prince is now transmitting with the call sign VE0EXP.

Michael, VE7XMC, a graduate student from the University of Victoria where they are currently assembling an Ultimate 3, undertook and made the necessary call sign change.

We invite all Amateurs to continue tracking the Polar Prince as it completes the circumnavigation of North America.


Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 23-11-17 | [0] comments (52 views) | 

Wed Nov 22, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Distracted Driving in Canada: An Update


http://wp.rac.ca/distracted-driving-in-canada-an-update-4/

Update: November 22, 2017: we are awaiting a decision by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation

RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South), had a very productive meeting with Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) officials on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to consult with industry stakeholders on Ontario's Distracted Driving Law and, specifically, the current five-year exemption for the handheld use of two-way radios set to expire on January 1, 2018. The meeting resulted in a very productive exchange of information.

Allan contacted the MTO in mid-October and asked for an update. An MTO official advised him they have all the materials that was presented to them at their earlier meeting including:

a detailed briefing note for the Minister
condensed versions of all the legislation from the other provinces in their exemption sections
articles on the concentration levels of full duplex versus half duplex conversations
information about Radio Amateurs of Canada and a copy of The Canadian Amateur magazine
documents stressing the importance of the use of radios including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program
the complete package of all the supporting letters that RAC received on the issue
a letter signed by RAC President Glenn MacDonnell, VE3XRA, outlining RAC's position

They advised that a final decision will be announced in a media conference by the Minister of Transportation on the exemption issue prior to the expiry date on January 1, 2018.

RAC will issue a bulletin as soon as we receive any information and we will also post the information here on the RAC website and on the Distracted Driving webpage at: http://wp.rac.ca/distracted-driving/

Note: RAC bulletins are sent to members who subscribe to the service by completing the online form at: http://wp.rac.ca/rac-notifications/

Additional Background Information:

Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by Provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time. Radio Amateurs of Canada has prepared a list of links to current regulations in all provinces that have established them. They can be found on the Distracted Driving webpage at: http://wp.rac.ca/distracted-driving/

Radio Amateurs of Canada representatives in our regions often work to clarify regulations where Amateurs may be caught up in them or when the regulations are being created or modified. A committee was formed to monitor the legislation and work with government officials on a province by province basis to look after the interests of Canadian Amateurs. This committee is under the direction of RAC British Columbia/Yukon Lead, Bill Gipps, VE7XS. Two provinces are the focus of current activity: British Columbia and Ontario.

In British Columbia, Bill Gipps, VE7XS, together with two local Amateurs (Chris Scholefield, VE7QCS and Dave Miller, VE7HR), met several times with representatives of the BC Government to discuss BC distracted driving regulations and their application to Amateur Radio. The BC Government completed their stakeholder engagement and published a new document in February 2017 which clearly spells out that Amateurs can use “push to talk” buttons, on our Amateur Radios, while operating in our motor vehicles.

RAC will continue to provide additional information about distracted driving regulations on the RAC website as it unfolds. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your Director at any time at the address shown on page 4 of The Canadian Amateur magazine and on the website at http://wp.rac.ca/board-of-directors/

Stay tuned to the RAC website for more information.



Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 22-11-17 | [0] comments (74 views) | 
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