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Astronaut Contact for 25th Australian Jamboree - South Australia

Date : 03 / 01 / 2019
Author : Robert Broomhead - VK3DN

On the 12th of January, Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI will establish a phone linkup from Talem Bend in South Australia to ISS astronaut Mike Fossum KF5AQG, enabling Scouts at the 25th Australian Jamboree to ask questions of Mike about life on board the international space station. Back home on earth now, Mike finds it easy enough to have a conversation with these young Scouts: He is, after all, the leader of a troop of Scouts himself in the United States. This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. SA Summer time (00:00 UTC) on Saturday morning and will be streamed live to Echolink and IRLP by Bob, VK4DA and the British Amateur Television Club site By Shane, VK4KHZ. The contact will also be broadcast live via the local radio station BendFM 91.1 from the Jamboree site.

The exchange will have an impressive audience locally as well: It's expected that 8,000 to 9,000 Scouts will be attending this event. Members of the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group and the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society will be there at the Jamboree as well, promoting our hobby of Amateur Radio.

Keep an eye on this news release for further updates and information regarding VI25AJ which will be operating from the grounds of the 25th Australian Jamboree from the 4th to the 14th January 2019.

Page Last Updated: Thursday 3 January 2019 at 10:58 hours by Robert Broomhead


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