ARISS Proposal Window Opens, October 1—November 10, 2023

Ed: This news was originally posted on the ARRL New England Division website. It is being offered here upon request.

ARISS News Release No. 23-47

Dave Jordan, AA4KN

Message to US Educators
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Call for Proposals

New Proposal Window: October 1 – November 10, 2023

September 25, 2023 — The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is November 10, 2023. Proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and the proposal form can be found at An ARISS Proposal Webinar session will be held October 5 2023 at 7 PM ET and the Eventbrite link to sign up is:

The Opportunity:

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and their communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the chance to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.

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About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program (SCaN) and the ISS National Lab—Space Station Explorers. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see

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New WMA Amateurs from Summer 2023

Please welcome the recently licenses amateur radio operators in the WMA section!

David M Orr, KC1SYE
54 Hills Rd
Amherst, MA 01002-1839

Thomas A Janas, KC1SXZ
570 S Washington St
Belchertown, MA 01007-9324

Steven M Hajko, KC1SZP
28 7th St
Brimfield, MA 01010-9662

Stephan B Wurmbrand, K1SWX
29 Edwards Rd
Westhampton, MA 01027-9644

Thomas Tobiasz, KC1SYB
198 Emerson Rd
Longmeadow, MA 01106-1814

Douglas E Nelson, KC1SZS
33 Laurel St
Auburn, MA 01501-1506

Michael A Joubert, KC1SZM
76 Maple St
Douglas, MA 01516-2337

Owen F Long, KC1SZT
16 Summit Ave
Fiskdale, MA 01518-1205

Andrew R Malnicof, KC1SZG
85 Bull Run
Holden, MA 01520-2636

Muriel J Locke, KC1SZF
9 Wilson St
Spencer, MA 01562-1725

Trevor M Hajko, KC1SZL
79 Borkum Rd
Spencer, MA 01562-3115

Marc D French, KC1SZJ
10 Grasshopper Ln
Sturbridge, MA 01566-1342

Corey M Irzyk, KC1TDP
150 Vining Hill Rd
Southwick, MA 01077-9413

Danielle Boutin, KC1TAK
117 Short Rd
Hardwick, MA 01082-9292

Christian E Burnard, KC1TAT
199 Gardner Rd
Hubbardston, MA 01452-1655

Juan M Perez Velazquez, KC1TBC
32 Linden St
Boylston, MA 01505-1007

Evan A Swackhammer, KC1TCR
5 Maple Way
Boylston, MA 01505-1544

Henry Lipka, KC1TDK
81 Maynard St
Northborough, MA 01532-1109

Ronald Lipka, KC1TDL
81 Maynard St
Northborough, MA 01532-1109

Justin P Duclos, KC1TDN
185 Prince Rd
Southbridge, MA 01550-2040

Peter S Mitchell, KC1TDO
PO Box 297
Spencer, MA 01562-0297

David A McNeil, KC1TCT
PO Box 125
Upton, MA 01568-0125

Sherri L Carrier, KC1TAL
1189 School St
Webster, MA 01570-3034

Ronald J Fournier, KC1TBT
575 School St
Webster, MA 01570-4322

Donald J McKinnon, KC1TDH
659 Central Tpke
Sutton, MA 01590-1104

Richard Cassinelli, KC1TBU
155 Blackstone St
Mendon, MA 01756-1310

Xavier S Greenberg, KC1TDX
50 Ladyslipper Ln
Florence, MA 01062-9735

Hany Aziz, KC1TDY
PO Box 1099
West Springfield, MA 01090-1099

Jacob V Schnabel, KC1TEG
12 Pembroke Ave Apt A
Pittsfield, MA 01201-5566

John M Boutin, KC1TEB
82 E Brimfield Rd
Holland, MA 01521-3107

James C Grove, KC1TGQ
50 Stephens St
Chicopee, MA 01022-1041

Calvin J McLaughlin, KC1TGN
73 Barrett St Apt 5178
Northampton, MA 01060-1719

Brian Millett, KC1THF
PO Box 1047
Southwick, MA 01077-1047

Benjamin J Ring, KC1TJO
82 North St
Ware, MA 01082-1031

Raymond Dicecca, KC1THE
85 Winter St Apt E
Leominster, MA 01453-2800

Joshua Pratt, KC1TGM
29 Winthrop Ln
Holden, MA 01520-2538

Daniel E Bray, KC1TJP
6 Brickyard Rd
North Brookfield, MA 01535-1701

Michele J Miller, KC1TIW
78 Allen Rd
Sturbridge, MA 01566-1024

Kriti Charan, KC1THL
113 Ariel Cir
Sutton, MA 01590-4822

Andrew Clay, KC1TJI
384 Lake Ave
Worcester, MA 01604-1359

Jacob Z Gonzalez, KC1THD
799 Franklin St
Worcester, MA 01604-1731

Section Manager Report for September 2023

I had an interesting realization at the New England Convention that ham’s like to talk about certain things, their radio’s, their antenna’s, the weather, and their joint’s, operations and ailments. The sad part is I BECAME ONE OF THEM! YIKES! The glaring reality is we are not getting any younger and as elder keepers of the hobby we need to pass on our talent’s, experiences, to the younger generations. Yep, we heard it time and time again by myself and others. At my sparsely attended WMA meeting at Marlboro, I made the comment, “We need more DOER’S to keep radio going” Even with aches and pains there are things you can do to promote the hobby. I was not there but Rick Roderick our ARRL president delivered a moving message. I wish it was recorded, but it also emphasized the same thing. If you did not go, you missed out. It gets better each year. The forums were the talk of the town. It was great to see many friends and others there.

The next big event is the Big E. As usual, the planning staff have been working hard to get this put together to provide another successful showing. The one really big task is getting people to sign up to man the booth for a shift or two (or three?) It is getting to the point that if we cannot get the booth manned for the entire time it’s open, we may have to cancel and possibly lose a DONATED booth space that is not cheap. I ask clubs as well as individuals to consider signing up. Doing so gets you free admission and parking. For more contact me or Larry at, or to sign up go to:

As September rolls around clubs are firing up their seasons of meetings. I hope there are some good stuff going on to boost your club. Outreach can be beneficial especially if they are new. Have an agenda and try to avoid it being a “Geritol gathering” Many sources of online presentations are available and if there is no internet, simply download it on a flash drive. Live is always best, but distance, time, etc. can prevent getting someone. I am going to try to make visits as I can. Lately I have been busy with the NTS 2.0 project and will be starting up a General License Class soon. Zoom still can be your friend if you use it right.

One thing that came up at my meeting was some ideas that they used to promote their clubs. Don’t keep them a secret, share them! Email to another club, email them to me. And don’t make excuses, be a DOER! If it did not work, try something else and stick with it. There are some clubs struggling out there. They could use whatever help they can get. We are getting creaky, don’t let that cause your club or our great hobby to go to that path.

That’s all for now. Remember the Big E and be a doer!

Thanks, and 73,