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  • ISS Radio Report   1 week 5 days ago

    Well done on your 4 1/2 image downloads with your di/pole.
    It was tweeted on https://twitter.com/rf2space the crew were requested to change to faster PD120 mode transmissions to allow for more image downloads per pass but sadly it didn't happen and stayed on PD180. MAI-75 was primarily for Russia over the course of a few orbits as the space station passes over Moscow

    Final day for MAI-75 and getting reports that PD180 is being used instead of the announced PD120. #ARISS #SSTV #ISS

    @johnbrier @theRSB Apparently the crew have been requested to reconfigure the equipment to PD120
    @theRSGB #GB2RS News highlights #ISS #SSTV mode PD120 transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM Aug 15-16

  • ISS Radio Report   1 week 5 days ago

    Received 4 good downloads and one 1/2 photo I have found that my 80 meter di/pole does the job for me ==my question why can't we have more time for SSTV downloads just so we can get all the photo's ??
    I was using Kenwood TM-V71 home built interface antenna was 80 meter Di/pole PC old XP !!
    Thankyou for the SSTV should be more of SSTV love you work !
    VK4EM MERV MORRISON QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA

  • ISS Fan Club T-Shirts ??   1 week 5 days ago

    Yes please how soon can we get too this ?? VK4EM MERV ==AUSTRALIA :-)

  • ISS SSTV Event   1 week 5 days ago

    ===> Apparently one pass for US at 16:30 UTC tomorrow before it turns off.

    Apparently there was none for us this time.

  • ISS SSTV Event   1 week 6 days ago

    Yes I also received PD180 image on 14:29 UTC pass over UK using Kenwood THD72 handheld as shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdTvcgSeYWI
    It was tweeted that the crew was asked to switch to PD120 mode as shown here: https://twitter.com/AmsatUK/status/764099214263607296

    The following information was only tweeted after it was switched off after 2 passes.
    MAI-75 SSTV was scheduled to conclude at 15:35 UTC today (Mon. Aug. 15)
    MAI-75 scheduled operations times for Tuesday, Aug 16 are 11:10 - 16:45 UTC.
    Apparently one pass for US at 16:30 UTC tomorrow before it turns off.

  • ISS Fan Club T-Shirts ??   1 week 6 days ago

    You can create your own custom made design for t-shirts prints and have it done at digitekprinting using digital print copier offered to this http://www.digitekprinting.com/digital-color-copies.

  • ISS Radio Report   1 week 6 days ago

    2 pictures received (12.04 /12.07 UTC) in JN49NC - mode PD 180

  • ISS Radio Report   1 week 6 days ago

    2 pictures received (12.04 /12.07 UTC) in JN49NC - mode PD 180

  • ISS Radio Report   1 week 6 days ago

    Sadly it was not one of the normal scheduled worldwide ISS-SSTV transmissions.
    The MAI-75 Experiment will transmit SSTV images on 145.80 MHz over the course of a few orbits as the space station passes over Moscow.
    There was only 2 passes over the UK Aug 15 with SSTV transmissions. MAI-75 SSTV was scheduled to conclude at 15:35 UTC Mon Aug 15. But with more passes over Russia and Europe (not sure about Moscow) to follow that day would have been nice if left switched on at least to last pass over Europe.

    MAI-75 is primarily for Russia. One pass for US at 16:30 UTC tomorrow before it turns off.

    MAI-75 scheduled operations times for Tuesday, Aug 16 are 11:10 - 16:45 UTC.

  • ISS SSTV Event   1 week 6 days ago

    ISS-SSTV was transmitting as it just passed over the UK at 12:55 UTC at 11 deg on the first pass of today.
    The next pass at 14:29 UTC over UK downloaded SSTV image RS0ISS 9/12 was PD180 Mode and NOT PD120 as mentioned on Amsat-UK Twitter site.

    MAI-75 scheduled operations times for Tuesday, Aug 16 are 11:10 - 16:45 UTC.

    Only US East Coast #ISS #SSTV Pass for Tuesday: 16:30 UTC / 12:30 EDT
    One pass for US at 16:30 UTC Aug 16 tomorrow before it turns off.
    https://twitter.com/johnbrier/status/765242954239868928

    Check ISS Fan Club ISS Position and Predict Pass Details up here on this website .

    http://www.arrl.org/news/slow-scan-television-transmissions-from-iss-set...

  • ISS SSTV Event   1 week 6 days ago

    only image I got a was PD180 this time around -Rob ZL3TCM

  • ISS SSTV Event   1 week 6 days ago

    1340 utc Over Christchurch New Zealand and image was not that great with August 2016 in the bottom right corner

  • ISS Radio Report   2 weeks 1 hour ago

    A false announcement, all the Ham around the world disappointing AMSAT, ARRL.....they failed

  • 15 08 2016 F1BSW FRANCE   2 weeks 12 hours ago

    1254Z

  • When is voice mode active?   2 weeks 22 hours ago

    Unfortunately the crew doesn't get on for random unscheduled voice contacts very often. It takes an "enthusiast" ham to do that. Most just get their license to make school contacts. Occasionally the Russians make contacts with people over Europe in between SSTV transmissions when that is happening, which btw is happening Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th.

    The voice repeater has been nonoperational for years.

  • ISS SSTV Event   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    What time will be the best chance for getting the images on Aug 16 on the East coast of the US?

    Thanks. 73

  • ISS SSTV Event   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Apparently the crew have been requested to reconfigure the equipment to PD120 according to Amsat UK site.

    The MAI-75 Experiment will transmit SSTV images using PD120 mode on 145.800 MHz FM over the course of a few orbits as the space station passes over Moscow. Operators in Europe and South America will have the best chances to receive images. Operators along the US East Coast may have one chance on August 16.

  • ISS SSTV Event   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Yes fingers crossed it was mentioned on twitter there might be some SSTV activity end of July but that has come and gone. Lets hope they use PD120 mode this time to allow for more images during each pass.

    Slow-Scan Television Transmissions from ISS Set for August 15-16

    Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions will be made from the International Space Station (ISS) on August 15 and 16. The MAI-75 Experiment will transmit SSTV images on 145.80 MHz over the course of a few orbits as the space station passes over Moscow. Operators in Europe and South America will have the best chances to receive images. Operators along the US East Coast may have one chance on August 16
    http://www.arrl.org/news/slow-scan-television-transmissions-from-iss-set...
    https://amsat-uk.org/2016/08/10/iss-sstv-august/

  • ISS Radio Report   5 weeks 6 days ago

    The amateur radios should have been off for the docking of the Progress vehicle on July 18. Everything should be back to normal after the school contact on July 19.

  • Future SSTV   6 weeks 3 days ago

    Hello G1TZC,

    Probably at the end of july ISS SSTV activated.
    Follow updates on: https://twitter.com/rf2space

    73's Cor PD0RKC

  • Future SSTV   7 weeks 12 hours ago

    Thank you for the info. I am planning on putting a dedicated VHF Rx in the new shack.

  • Future SSTV   7 weeks 1 day ago

    Hello G1TZC,

    ISS SSTV events are not always early anounced.
    Keep watching these sources:
    http://r4uab.ru
    https://twitter.com/rf2space
    http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.nl

    73's Cor PD0RKC

  • Will the ISS be on with voice for Field Day 2016 ?   7 weeks 2 days ago

    Hi!

    I get what KN6Q is saying. The easy answer is this - I do not score what are considered "extra" QSOs on the ISS digipeater under the AMSAT Field Day rules. All 3 of the ISS packet QSOs I made during Field Day are valid points-earning QSOs under ARRL Field Day rules, since ARRL's limitation on one QSO per satellite doesn't extend to orbiting single-channel digipeaters. This is an unfortunate difference between the two sets of rules.

    I get that all satellites count as a single "band" under ARRL rules, "Satellite". AMSAT's Field Day rules allow contacts with the same station on different satellites. For this difference in the rules, I just don't score the additional satellite contacts with the same station when I prepare my ARRL Field Day submission. Same with the "one QSO per FM satellite" rule that both ARRL and AMSAT enforce. I will work other stations on any of these satellites, especially if other stations call me. Why? For the other stations, the QSOs with me could be their 100-point bonus under the ARRL Field Day rules - or another QSO earning points for their station. If I work more than one station on an FM satellite, which I did on LilacSat-2 this year, I just don't score the other QSOs. I had 4 non-scoring QSOs on that satellite for both of my submissions, to ARRL and AMSAT, along with the one QSO that was included in my scores for both Field Day competitions.

    There are almost always stations working satellite passes during Field Day that have no interest in participating in the "contest". I don't get why they do that, but there's nothing that prevents stations from working the satellites on Field Day weekends without participating in the "contest". For these stations, whether I am working a digipeater or one of the other satellites, I always have my grid locator ready. For this year's Field Day, that was DM45. I don't put these non-Field Day QSOs in my Field Day submissions, but I log these contacts. They go into my uploads to Logbook of the World, just like my contacts for the ARRL and AMSAT Field Day competitions.

    I wish AMSAT would reconsider the limitation on QSOs via orbiting digipeaters. With one QSO per FM satellite and one QSO per digipeater, AMSAT's rules are slanted a little too much toward the linear transponder (SSB/CW) satellites. I'm all for the limits on FM satellite QSOs, which are consistent in both sets of Field Day rules. The orbiting digipeaters are a different animal compared to the FM satellites, in my opinion, despite having some similarities. I have already expressed this opinion on the AMSAT-BB mailing list, and will pursue it with AMSAT in the hopes of seeing a change for next year. I don't remember when AMSAT made that change for the limits on QSOs via digipeaters, but (IMO) it's a mistake...

    73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
    http://www.wd9ewk.net/
    Twitter: @WD9EWK

  • 16 July ISS contact to Flight Museum in Dallas USA   7 weeks 2 days ago
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    Jeff Williams, nasa astrounaut is KD5TVQ

  • Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS   7 weeks 4 days ago
    Re

    Hi

    I only use the Kenwood THD72 and not familiar with Yaesu VX-8 settings. There is a useful information for VX-8GR APRS setup can be found here. Use the -7 for SSID and manual beacon for position report only don't use automatic beaconing when working satellites.
    http://kk4nqq.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/k4kpks-guide-to-yaesu-vx-8gr.html

    I use MFJ-1714 Long Ranger Telescopic End fed Halfwave 2 Meter HT Antenna for mobile use and can digipeat both the PSAT (U0-84) and ISS out walking when the pass is above 28 deg.
    http://www.radioinc.com/oscmax/catalog/product_info.php?name=MFJ-1714%20...
    http://www.hamradioschool.com/a-half-wave-antenna-for-your-2-meter-handh...

    Shown briefly worked PSAT (ARISS) today on 35 deg passes over UK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmwv0oNkf4I
    And the ISS (RS0ISS) a little while ago on 32 deg pass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU7tuk-ZAiE

    So you should get much better results if you are going to use a yagi antenna but directional antennas is not really needed if you just want to send report position beacon or short messages as seen the 2Mtr telescopic works well for handhelds.

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