Radio Scouting – ARISS Contact Reception Report – UPDATED QSL Received

Posted on July 21, 2013


radiombThe Boy Scout’s of America 2013 Jamboree included many radio activities by the club station K2BSA. The station was on the air on various frequencies and modes of operation and had a planned contact with astronauts aboard the international space station as part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. ARISS contacts are important opportunities for students to learn about amateur radio, space exploration, science and technology. They also offer radio hobbyists a unique opportunity to monitor communications from the most impressive human-built structure ever sent into a Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Participating in “Radio Scouting,” the general term used to describe the activities associated with amateur radio and scouting, also affords scouts the opportunity to earn their radio merit badges.

The space station was making a relatively low 30 degree pass to the south of my location. I
copied amateur radio station NA1SS’s half of the contact by climbing to the peak of my roof to get as free from the trees and other rooftops as possible and used my Yaesu FT-60R handheld transceiver and my “Slapshot” antenna.

The following is my official reception report:

Date: July 20, 2013
Time: 15:34 to 15:38 UTC
Frequency: 145.800 +/- Doppler shift
Mode: FM
Signal: Full quieting

Comments: I copied NA1SS making contact with K2BSA and begin answering questions. It sounded like Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano,
KF5KDP was conducting the QSO. Parmitano answered questions about whether he was a scout, how they clean up after themselves, and the use of robotics in space. I copied two audio clips, the first and clearest clip is 3 minutes long. Fortunately my clip contains the audio with both call signs being used by Parmitano.
Here is the audio I recorded. There are about 15 seconds of static at the beginning of the clip before Parmitano identifies:
or the edited version:
QSL Cards Arrived the other day to confirm this report. The Radio Amateurs of Canada sent two, with the same confirmation information on the back. Thanks RAC.