ARISS call for volunteers
During the Dayton Hamvention AMSAT and the ARRL announced opportunities for amateur radio satellite operators to join the ARISS Program (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) in roles as
Technical Mentors and Ground Station Operators.
On Friday and Saturday of the Hamvention AMSAT Vice President for
Educational Relations Mark Hammond, N8MH took advantage of the ARRL
Stage to explain these roles for radio amateurs who serve as an advising and coordinating liaison between NASA, the school or group making the ARISS contact, and the Ground Station Operators, who set
up the satellite station at the contact location.
This week the ARRL published the ARISS recruiting program on the web
with a call for volunteers. The ARRL said, “Public awareness of the
ARISS program is growing as a result of a new proposal process, and
promotion by NASA through its broad outreach to schools and teachers.
This presents the Amateur Radio community with an opportunity to
reach out to even more schools in locations across the US through the
See the ARRL web for full details of the ARISS call for volunteers:
With the help of experienced Amateur Radio volunteers, and coordination from the ARISS partnership team, crew members speak directly
with large youth audiences in a variety of public forums –school
assemblies, science museums, Scout camporees and jamborees and space
camps-where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about
space, space technologies and Amateur Radio.
There are two ways to get involved:
Volunteer with a Ground Support Team
We are recruiting clubs and individuals throughout the US who are
able and willing to support the ARISS program in their local com-
munities. Optimally, this means setting up direct Amateur Radio con-
tacts with the ISS. Direct contacts provide the best opportunity to
showcase Amateur Radio and offer students a firsthand experience. An
ARISS event can open the door for an ongoing relationship between
local ham radio clubs and schools, providing students with continuing
opportunities to explore radio science, satellite communications and
wireless technology with Amateur Radio.
Volunteer as an ARISS Technical Mentor
ARISS is also seeking additional volunteers to train to support the
program in the liaison capacity as US ARISS Technical Mentor who will
serve as the coordinators between NASA operations and the local on-site support teams at the event site. They serve as advisors to the
local Ground Support Volunteers and need the same skills as well as
hands-on satellite communications experience. Technical Mentors communicate with the other mentors on the ARISS international operations
team to coordinate ARISS contacts via telebridge stations around the
world. They assimilate and transfer this information to the local
Ground Support Volunteers who complete all of the arrangements for a
scheduled ARISS contact.
The ARISS program is a cooperative venture of NASA, the ARRL and
AMSAT and other international space agencies. ARISS organizes and
schedules contacts via Amateur Radio between ISS crew members and
+ Again … More details about volunteering to assist with ARISS can
be found at the ARRL website at:
+ Amateur radio operators interested in becoming involved as a
ground support team or technical mentor are invited to send an
email to: ARISS.Recruit@verizon.net
ARRL, ARISS, and AMSAT