ARRIS program for kids open for school proposals

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Accessed on 16 October 2019, 2235 UTC, Post 1161.


Please click link or scroll down to read the message from Joseph Speroni (AH0A), the ARRL Pacific Section Manager:

ARRL Members Only Web site

11:10 AM (1 hour ago)
 to me

To have kids or grandkids in Hawaii families talk directly with
Astronauts aboard the ISS is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Several
KH6 stations have participated in this program in the past.  Anyone with
questions about the process, please drop me an email.  We’ll find
someone who can help filling out the application.

The ARRL ARISS Board Committee has asked us to let everyone know the
ARISS window opened Oct 1st, to accept proposals.  Hawaii schools have
until November 30th to submit a proposal  in hopes of earning an ARISS
contact.   Let’s take advantage and work with a school and the ARRL
ARISS committee to make it happen.

The ARRL Web’s news page ran the following news story on October 3.
Here is the link:

ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A”

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
Public Information Coordinator
Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Assembling the BITX-40: KE0OG Kwickie

Big Island ARRL News, 25 February 2017, 20:55 hrs, UTC, Post #130.


Accessed on 25 February 2017, 20:55 hrs, UTC.

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Every radio amateur, whether a member of ARES or not, should have an emergency standby rig for unexpected events. In this video from Randy Hill (KE0OG), we see a potential candidate for such a rig. Randy does an excellent job of explaining the operation and use of the BITX-40, a 7 MHz, SSB QRP transceiver.  The 10-watt transceiver comes in an easily assembled kit with the circuit boards already finished.  This little rig could be just what you need for portable and emergency operations.  You can find more information about the kit at:

The deadline for schools to reserve a spot on the next International Space Station communications schedule is 15 April 2017.  The ARRL published an article on the program earlier this week.  Back in the mid-1990s, several Honolulu schools talked with astronauts in the now ended Space Shuttle Program. Perhaps it’s time to rekindle that interest again.  If you’re interested in participating in the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) program, please contact the ARRL or Pacific Section Manger Joe Speroni (AH0A) or Hawaii Island radio amateur Lloyd Cabral (KH6LC).

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii Island, ARRL Pacific Section