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Poway Students Connect To Space Via Ham Radio

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Aired 2/3/11

Students at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway spoke directly to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station on Thursday morning. The kids connected with Cady Coleman as she flew over San Diego County.

Students at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway spoke directly to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station on Thursday morning.

Adobe Bluffs Elementary students take turns asking U.S. astronaut Cady Coleman questions on a ham radio as she flew over the San Diego region on Tuesday morning.
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Above: Adobe Bluffs Elementary students take turns asking U.S. astronaut Cady Coleman questions on a ham radio as she flew over the San Diego region on Tuesday morning.

The kids connected with Cady Coleman as she flew over San Diego County.

"Good morning from Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Sunny San Diego," exclaimed Lauren McLaughlin, a fourth grader who held a CB radio tight as she and more than a dozen classmates waited eagerly to ask Colemen questions about space.

Coleman is an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. This is her third space mission.

The space craft was orbiting above the San Diego region for about 10 minutes, just enough time for students to find out kind of food she eats in space and if she could bring her pets.

Third grader Kevin Pert asked Coleman a tougher question about the future of space travel.

"She said, 'You could help the future of space travel be different and the possibilities are endless,'" said Pert.

A local group of ham radio experts applied to NASA to host the direct radio link from space. Adobe Bluffs is one of just a few campuses in the U.S. that got the chance to connect.

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clintbradford | February 4, 2011 at 3:27 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

THANK YOU for your coverage of the Poway elementary school's radio contact with the International Space Station yesterday!

Just FYI, "CB radio" was not involved. It was "amateur radio" that accomplished the feat. The same radio service and equipment that San Diego County has written in to their county-wide disaster plan. A MUCH different set of equipment and mentality compared to CB radio.

Whereas unlicensed CB operators might talk across town with their radios, amateur radio literally talks across the globe. And beyond - as we spoke to the ISS in space!

Clint Bradford, K6LCS
http://www.ariss.org

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