At 0700 I woke when the telephone was ringing. Pekka Tanskanen, the professor of the Cosmic Physics of the University of Oulu congratulated us. He promissed visit Paltamo during next days.
"GREAT SUCCESS! DIRECT CONTACT FROM PALTAMO TO THE SPACE"
"PALTAMO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL HAD VOICE CONTACT WITH THE SPACE SHUTTLE - TWO YEARS WORK, BUT IT WAS THAT WORTHY!"
The SAREX-project, ham radio and Paltamo High School got a lot of publicity on TV, radio and press. Mission control of JSC rebroadcasted the contact over the USA and Australia.
-On tuesday on the radio in all 3 national main networks in the news many times. Still after some days more telephone interviews on different programs f.ex. on local Kainuun Radio "Culture"-program on Friday.
-On tuesday evening on two different nation-wide TV-network news, both in the main headlines and newsreport both over 2 min 20 seconds long news.
-Newspapers: Kainuun Sanomat, Kaleva, Savon Sanomat, Iltalehti (the 2nd biggest Newspaper in Finland), Seitseman paivaa-magazine, Vayla (local newspaper in Paltamo) and Helsingin Sanomat (biggest newspaper in Finland) had long and good stories with pictures and in most of Finnish newspapers a shorter report delivered via STT (Finnish News Agency).
-On School TV N.Y.T (N.O.W)-News on Friday April 15 on three different program each over 2 minutes report with headline puffs.
-On famous TV Frank Pappa-show quiz a question in the weekend on national TV Network
-On TV a sketch on Iltalypsy (Evening Milking) - show in the weekend on another national TV Network
On Friday evening OH8UV received congratulations, thanks and the 1994 culture prize of Paltamo in the beginning of the meeting of Paltamo municipal council. Of course we watched the qso on the video. They said it was an unique advertisement for Paltamo... This happening raised self esteem and importance of Paltamo.
Still some reporters visited on Sunday, April 17. During the Endeavour's mission many student groups visited my ham shack and we listened the signals from the shuttle packet radio. On April 17, OH8UV worked N5QWL on FM and welcomed Jay to visit Paltamo. SAREX-project gave surely much inspiration for the studies, expanded attitude of life and opened new possibilities for our students.
There was not a single comment about SAREX-project in Swedish speaking medias in Finland. I don't know why. Usually they reports quite a lot about space traffic.
Many reportes have contacted later and thanked the special experience and nice arrangements.
Also many hams visited our exhibition. The biggest surprise there was to meet Uschi, DJ1JD from Uetze, Germany. Year before that we had a complete meteor scatter contact on 144 MHz. (More info about meteor scatter .)
Also I sent earlier an application for taking part to the Space Camp. There was quota of three persons: one teacher and one boy and one girl students ( students under 18 years) from Finland.
I'm glad that Janne was elected to that boy. Professor Tanskanen told me earlier that where those election is made they don't elect two persons from the same place on the same year. So this was Janne's last possibility, because now he is too old for that. Later on the autumn Janne started his space technology studies in the University of Helsinki. I believe SAREX-project had some influence with his study choice...
By the way suddenly there happened a strange thing on that episode. Unfortunately that female teacher got ill and she couldn't travel at all. So there was no teacher representative from Finland that summer. I was quite sad...
I'm looking forward some day to get possibility to take part to the Space Camp.
There has been several articles in some magazines f.ex. Tähdet ja Avaruus (Stars and Space) by URSA , Kunta-Canon (Communal Canon), Radioamatoori 5/94 (6 pages).
On November Paltamo Senior High School got the award of the School of the year 1994 in Kainuu-area.
So our school also discovered E-mail with SAREX-project. Now we become familiar with Internet by special Internet-course of the University of Oulu. We got also satellite TV channels with CNN and a cable TV inside our school just before Christmas 1994.
Week before that I was asked to send our SAREX-video and some information of our projects to the president. Mr. Ahtisaari had watched it and he said:
-Thank you for the video. I was very satisfied of your activity. Good luck on continuation, kind regards to the students.
I was so pleased with this meeting and proud of our president. Long before his president carreer, before his commissions of foreign policy and peace negotiations he has been a teacher in school. His wife, Eeva Ahtisaari, has also an educational profession. Mr. Ahtisaari has also own Internet pages (www.tpk.fi). He seems to keep abreast of the times very much in communication.
Special thanks to the SAREX-team, Jay Apt, Frank Bauer, Tracy Bedlack, JSC Mission Control, Bill Reed, SRAL and all the persons and companies involved with our project with important support to the great success!
The Truth is Out There!