International Space Station

ARISS contact planned for Peoria Riverfront Museum, Illinois, USA

An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for Jeff Williams KD5TVQ with Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria IL USA. The event is scheduled Wednesday July 27, 2016 at approximately 19:59 UTC (12:59 Pacific Time). The amateur radio contact will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD, located in Casale – Monferrato, Italy.

The downlink signal will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.

There will be no video from the ISS, but the telebridge station IK1SLD will stream live video of the station to the BATC Multiviewer server. Interested parties can view the ground station operating at:

The BATC Multiviewer shows six screen views, one of which will be from the IK1SLD station. You can enlarge it to full screen.


The Peoria Riverfront Museum focuses on interdisciplinary learning - a fusion of art, history, science and achievement designed to develop knowledge, critical thinking skills and a lifelong passion for learning. We have a state-of-the-art planetarium to teach astronomy and other science topics, and a giant screen theater that shows educational and feature films. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science and achievement through collections, exhibitions and programs.

Peoria is the largest city in Central Illinois, with a population of 115,000 in the city, and about 400,000 in the greater metro area. The surrounding area is rural, with a great deal of farming communities.

The questions to the astronaut will be asked by students in our “Space to Ground” club, and by museum visitors and staff. The questions labeled “Staff/Audience Member” were collected from museum visitors, but we are not sure if the person who submitted the question will be at the event, so we do not have names.

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

1. Luke: What happens when you sneeze in space?
2. Lily: What do you miss from Earth most while you are in space?
3. Andy: How do the plants grow differently in space than on Earth?
4. Kevin H.: From space, what area on Earth looks best?
5. Andrew B.: What do you do for fun while on the ISS?
6. Zane: Is it true that your spine grows abnormally in space?
7. Avani: Would you prefer to go on a spacewalk, or to go for a walk on Earth with gravity?
8. Staff/Audience Member: What is the first thing you will eat when you return to Earth?
9. Staff/Audience Member: What will you be doing today after you are done talking to us?
10. Staff/Audience Member: Which current science experiment on the ISS interests you most?
11. Staff/Audience Member: What is the most difficult job you do on the ISS?
12. Staff/Audience Member: How many sunsets do you see in a day?
13. Staff/Audience Member: What was the most difficult part of adjusting to weightlessness?
14. Staff/Audience Member: Where do you see human spaceflight in 50 years?
15. Staff/Audience Member: Do you have trouble running into things while moving about the ISS?

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning.

Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS past chairman

How the astronauts use ham radio

Receiving images from the ISS

One way to receive transmissions from the ISS is by Slow Scan TV. They send images periodically and you can receive them. Download MMSSTV Put in all your infomation and set the RX Mode to PD180. Program 145.800 MHz into your radio and add it to your scan bank. Any time they transmit, you'll hear them. Quickly open SSTV (if not already opened) and you'll capture the image they're sending.