On Friday, March 18th, the Decatur Amateur Radio Club was able to provide support to Tim Cunningham N8DEU and AMSAT as they conducted a contact from Walter Jackson Elementary School in Decatur with astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station. The ARISS contact with NA1SS lasted just under 10 minutes, and 20 students were able to ask questions of the astronaut and hear the answers. The event was practically flawless and everyone was suitably impressed by the whole thing.
Tim N8DEU did all of the legwork, provided most of the equipment, and was the control operator for the event. He did a masterful job!
The Decatur Daily published an article on March 19 about the event. They also posted a photo gallery and a 3-minute video clip.
For those who are interested, here’s Tim’s equipment list: