ARISS Students Get Final Recognition for Astronaut Contact

ARISS Students Get Final Recognition for Astronaut Contact
Posted on 04/23/2019
ARISS Students Get Final Recognition for Astronaut Contact

The 21 students who spoke with International Space Station Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor in October will take the final step of their journey on April 27th. They will be presented with their QSL cards. Similar to a post card, QSL cards confirm a ham radio contact with other stations.

“A QSL card for most HAM Radio Operators are a coveted or earned item,” says Brian Darley, CenturyLink Network Technician and Program Chair of the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club. “Most Hams will only dream about doing this and may never get one. But for these students, they earned a total of 21, and I am proud of what we have accomplished.”

A year’s worth of planning went into the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) event at Allen Park Elementary School. It started with lesson plans incorporating science, technology, engineering and math. CenturyLink and the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club obtained and constructed the ham radio antennae. The students who would ask a question were selected and went through several practice sessions.

“Our first ever ARISS contact was a success and was the result of hundreds of hours of work and dedication from across the community. The impact of this event will be felt for years to come,” says teacher Courtney Black, who organized the ARISS contact. “In fact, the two seniors who were involved are now going to be roommates at Embry-Riddle in the fall. I’m so very proud of them and can’t wait to see all the amazing things all of these students will accomplish someday. Perhaps speaking to Astronaut Serena-Aunon-Chancellor has been the spark to ignite their life-long journey towards the stars.”