It was amazing to watch over 720 kids who truly believed that 10 of their fellow schoolmates could and would talk with an astronaut on the International Space Station. Their 10 friends, ranging from kindergarten to grade 8, would be the first in Alberta to ask 18 questions of astronaut Bill McArthur, KC5ACR.

(Photo Courtesy Neil Koven)
Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ (Centre) With The 10 ISS Kids

(Photo By Jenelle Schneider - The Calgary Herald)
(Reprinted with permission of The Calgary Herald
Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ With Kindergarten Brooklyn Asking 2nd Question

To top all this off - we received tremendous media coverage, which was truly amazing! News coverage was provided by CBC Newsworld, carried live nationally, CBC Radio, CBC News local, Global TV local, City TV local, CTV local, Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, 3 local Airdrie newspapers, Chestermere Lake local newspaper, CHQR AM 770 radio interview, Breeze FM 103.1 interview, and interview with CKLJ radio in Olds, Alberta. As well, 13 IRLP Nodes were connected to the Discovery Reflector Node 9010 and 23 connections listening to the Shoutcast on the companion web site.

Special guests included Member of Parliament Myron Thompson, the superintendent of schools and one associate superintendent, local trustee from RVSD Board of Trustees, the mayor from the City of Airdrie, 4 Airdrie aldermen, Emerging Technologies manager from Alberta Education, School Council chairperson, local principals, local sponsors and administration from Alberta's next school proposed for an ARISS contact.

(Photo Courtesy Neil Koven)
ARISS - Amateur Radio Team

(Back Row - Left to Right) Kevin McCoy, VE6KJM, Tyler McCoy, VE6TGM, Linda-Lou Oelke, VE6LGO, Bruce Reynolds, VE6BR, Jack Blair, VE6ARQ
(Front Row - Left to Right) Ray Lorganger, VA6FRA, Lindsay Gavel, VE6GAV, Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, Daniel Krysak, Andy Webb, VE6EN

(ARISS Team Members missing in above picture - Gerry McDonald, VE6QLT, Richard Roadhouse, VE6AX & Mike Taddeo, VA6MJT)

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