Upcoming ARISS Contact with Maitland Air Cadet Association: December 16
December 14, 2022 – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has
received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboard the
International Space Station (ISS) and Youth Members of the Maitland Air Cadet Squadron
located in Goderich, Ontario.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for December 16, 2022 at 12:25 pm EST (Goderich)
(17:25 UTC, 11:25 am CST, 10:25 am MST, 9:25 am PST). This will be a direct contact via
Amateur Radio allowing cadets to ask their questions of Astronaut Josh Cassada, KI5CRH.
ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special Amateur Radio contacts each year between students
around the globe and crew members with Amateur Radio licenses aboard the International
The Maitland Air Cadet Association supports the activities of the local air cadet squadron and
provides enhanced support to the Air Cadet squadron.
Maitland Air Cadet Squadron is a joint effort by the Department of National Defence, the Air
Cadet League of Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion branch 109 in Goderich, Ontario.
The aims of the Air Cadet program are: to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship
and leadership; to promote physical fitness; to stimulate an interest in the air element of
Canadian Forces. Educational activities in preparation for this ARISS contact involves cadets
designing/building VHF antennas, tracking the ISS and decoding ISS-APRS messages. Basic
Qualification Amateur Radio courses for all cadet levels are being offered, giving them the
opportunity to become a certified amateur radio operator.
Local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact. The downlink
frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners that are within the
ISS-footprint that also encompasses the relay ground station.
The Amateur Radio ground station for this contact is in Goderich, Ontario. Amateur Radio
operators using call sign VA3SQN will operate the ground station to establish and maintain
the ISS connection.
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