TV News: Sandringham school amateur radio ISS contact

Sandringham students talk to Tim Peake GB1SS using amateur radio BBC TV screenshot The BBC report Sandringham School in St Albans has made history by making the first amateur radio call from the UK to a British astronaut on the space station. Year 10 pupil Jessica Leigh M6LPJ , who has recently passed her amateur radio exam, led the contact. Headteacher Alan Gray G4DJX with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ Image Credit Sandringham School The BBC story says: It took a few minutes for the crackle and hiss to die down and allow the students to put some questions to the astronaut, before the ISS then went over the horizon and out of range.

Jessica called it an amazing experience to be talking to someone 400 km above them, but said the significance of the day s event had yet to sink in: When I get home, I ll be completely in shock. Her head teacher, Alan Gray G4DJX , said it had been an extraordinary opportunity for the school. It s a way of inspiring young people into science and technology seeing the opportunities that may be available to them, he told BBC School Report.

What you re seeing is that space has an awful lot to offer. It s not just about talking to Tim Peake on the space station. There are many other things that are useful for young people and will help with their learning.

Watch the BBC TV news report Astronaut talks to pupils from space at 1 Watch the interview with Year 10 pupil Jessica Leigh M6LPJ about the Tim Peake GB1SS contact 2 Watch the BBC TV report on the preparations for the contact 3 Watch the BBC TV report on student s reactions after the historic call to Tim Peake 4 Watch CBBC Newsround: School kids speak to Tim Peake in space 5 Watch SkyNews report with a shot of the Kenwood TS-2000X transceiver 6 Ofcom reports the Hertfordshire community radio station Radio Verulam 92.6 FM relayed the school ISS contact 7 8 Herts Advertiser newspaper report 9 Sandringham students speak to Tim Peake GB1SS 10 The Chair of the RSGB Youth Committee Mike Jones 2E0MLJ 11 and RSGB President John Gould G3WKL 12 attended the contact and the RSGB video Amateur Radio: A Hobby for the 21st Century 13 was shown to the students.

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