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HERC to attend RSGB Build-a-thon at St. Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill

The Hastings Electronics and Radio Club is delighted to announce that it will be attending the RSGB supported Build-a-thon at St. Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill,  East Sussex, on Tuesday 12th April. Two, three hour long classes are being held under supervision of St. Richard’s staff, where 7 HERC members will be helping students construct the RSGB Rodway II MW/160m receiver kit. The age range of students is between 9 and 16 years old, with the AM class consisting of Foundation licence students who will be constructing the kit as part of their licence training.


But .. that is not the whole story!

Later in the month, the college will be one of the few selected colleges in the U.K. who will be taking part in the ARISS space contact event with Tim Peake, the now famous British astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The date for the contact will be revealed by the ARISS team on Monday 11th April, and may be as soon as the 15th of April, or as late as 24th April.

The contact day will take place at the college with the assistance of the ARISS team. More to follow!

St. Richard’s will also be holding a two-day STEM space conference at the college, held in the capacious gymnasium where other organisations will be present with outreach activities from University of Sussex, University of Brighton, Herstmonceux Science Centre, QinetiQ, East Sussex Astronomy Society and RSGB and the QRZ Amateur Radio Group. My home club, the Hastings Electronics an Radio Club will be present also, providing an Amateur Radio History presentation given by Mike Wade M0EDU, and a full HF/VHF/UHF Amateur Radio demonstration station, organised by Phil G3MGQ and operated by a selection of HERC members across the two-day STEM conference with G6HH.

It has been a pleasure to work with Joolz, the lead Science Teacher at St. Richard’s Catholic College, and helping to co-ordinate these events will undoubtedly be an exciting, educational and enjoyable experience for the students, staff and organisations involved with these events. Thanks to Mike Senior G4EFO, regional RSGB manager also for his help with the event co-ordination.

Hastings Electronics and Radio Club members attending the above St. Richard’s College events are:

Richard G0ILN
Rodney King
Leon G1HSM
Steve 2E0GHX
Phil G3MGQ
Mike Wade M0EDU
Mike Hedges G0JHK

The STEM space conference dates are yet to be cast in stone, pending the ARISS confirmation date for contact with Tim Peake which will follow in the next day or two. To be updated shortly!

Update April 20th 2016 – We have now attended the college’s events. You can read the reports of the St. Richard’s College RSGB Build-a-thon, STEM space conference and ARISS contact event with Tim Peake here.

ARISS contact planned for school in St. Albans United Kingdom

ARISS contact planned for school in St. Albans United Kingdom

Friday, January 8, 2016 at approximately 08:47 UTC,  an ARISS contact is
planned for Sandringham School, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
Amateur radio station GB1SAN, will operate the contact. The ARISS HAM radio
station GB1SS on the board of the International Space Station will be
operated by Timothy Peake KG5BVI.

School information:

Sandringham School is a high performing coeducational non-selective and
non-denominational secondary school, consistently graded Outstanding by
Ofsted and being in the top 100 highest performing non-selective schools in
England for the past 3 years.

The school is a specialist science college, arts college and leading edge
provider. It is also designated as one of the first ‘World Class Schools’ in
the country. The school operates a significant amount of community and
outreach activities, is an Initial Teacher Training provider and runs a
Teaching School Alliance for Hertfordshire.  Sandringham is also a “Gifted
and Talented” lead school and International School, with significant
international activities taking place throughout the year. The school also
coordinates National Initiatives with the Education Endowment Foundation and
has a significant reputation in the country for delivering outstanding
comprehensive education.

The total number of students on roll is 1300 and expanding, with children
from age 11 – 19, including a very large and academic sixth form. The
catchment area is local, serving the needs of St. Albans and Wheathampstead
although sixth form students join the school from further away if they meet
the entrance criteria.

We have over 100 teachers in the school including specialist teachers of
computing science and three female physics teachers all of whom have a
specialist interest in space and astronomy. In addition, the headeacher is a
very active radio amateur who is extremely supportive of this contact.

The ARISS contact will be conducted in English.

It  will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377), as well as on IRLP
Node 9010 Discovery Reflector.

It will also be webcast on

Click on Live Webcast.

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows.

1. Hugo (12): What do you think Isaac Newton would say if he knew that the
name of your mission was based on his book?

2. Imogen (17): If you had a liquid hydrocarbon in space would the
intermolecular forces be strong enough to hold it in a ball of liquid?

3. Philip (15): How is rapid cooling of liquid metals performed in the EML

4. Jess (12): The EML is being used to study alloy structure and formation.
What are the benefits of using space as a scientific platform?

5. Jamie (18): What would happen to a helium balloon aboard the ISS?

6. Aiswarya (15): With the EXPOSE-R2 experiment are, you able to predict if
any samples will be able to survive outside in space?

7. Samuel (10): What’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to you so far
on the ISS?

8. Josh (12): With your view of earth, is there one thing which stands out

9. Liberty (15): We hear that you are planning on driving the Mars Rover
from space, how does that work?

10. Jessica (9): Does gravity affect time and ageing?

11. (Hugo (12): If you could visit any planet in the solar system (which
isn’t gas), which planet would you visit and why?

12. Imogen (17): How does your body feel when you are weightless?

13. Philip (15): What did you bring with you to the ISS?

14. Jess (12): Is the sun more powerful in space?

15. Jamie (18): Did you want to be an astronaut when you were a boy and is
it like you thought it would be?

16. Aiswarya (15): As you are communicating with us, do you get the chance
to communicate with your family?

17. Samuel (10): If you could send any message out into space what would it

18. Josh (12): What do you think the hardest adjustment in coming back down
to Earth will be?

19. Liberty (15): What is the most amazing thing you have seen in space?

20. Jessica (9): Where do you stand on the theory of a multiverse existence
and do you think it is possible to find any evidence for or against this in

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of
Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International
Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how
Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in
science, technology and learning.


Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS mentor.

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