A fifth grade teacher and advisor at the Cowanesque Valley School in Westfield, USA, gave his class a major thrill when he contacted Mark via HAM radio. The class was very excited about making a brief contact with Mark via the school club amateur radio station. They all shouted hello to Mark as the ISS orbited over the Westfield Area Elementary School in rural North Central Pennsylvania, USA on May 1, 2002.
Mark was making some random HAM radio contacts with American stations
using the NA1SS call sign. The class and their teacher Bruce Weaver, had been tracking the ISS in the
hopes of hearing him. They were fortunate to get through and have a brief conversation.
A local TV station came the next day and did a story about the contact
for their Friday evening News Show.
Listen to the audio of their contact on their classroom website.