Earn Your Radio Merit Badge

Posted on July 16, 2013

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ARISSLogoSatellite enthusiasts and other radio hobbyists take note: There is an upcoming Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact scheduled for this coming Saturday. The contact will be between ground based, radio-merit-badge-earning Boy Scouts at their 2013 National Jamboree. The contact will be direct from the ISS as it passes over North America at 7 km/s to the Boy Scouts of America – call sign K2BSA – in Mount Hope, WV. The contact is a go for: Sat 2013-07-20 15:34:46  UTC.

Scouts not in attendance, and anyone with a 2 meter handheld transceiver or a scanner may listen in on 145.800 MHz FM and earn a merit badge in the form of a QSL card by submitting a reception report to the ARRL or, in Canada, the Radio Amateurs of Canada.

Be sure to bring a recording device so you can provide audio along with your report. The ARISS people still need reception reports to help them track down some technical issues the Amateur Radio Station on the International Space Station is experiencing.

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