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  • ISS Radio Report   1 week 12 hours 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   1 week 4 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   2 weeks 1 day ago

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

  • Future SSTV   2 weeks 2 days 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 ?   2 weeks 3 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   2 weeks 3 days ago
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    Jeff Williams, nasa astrounaut is KD5TVQ

  • Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS   2 weeks 5 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.

  • Will the ISS be on with voice for Field Day 2016 ?   2 weeks 6 days ago

    Not to be a jerk but -

    AMSAT requests that you only make *ONE* "digital QSO with the ISS or any other digital, non-store-and-forward, packet satellite (if operational)" on field day. ARRL doesn't have this as a rule but...

    73,

    Tom KN6Q

  • Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS   3 weeks 7 hours ago

    Hi,

    O.k. - THX for recommendation !

    Think i have now some settings for testing.
    Thank you also for your hint on PSAT (NO-84) - Had been able to receive signals from that bird earlier today.

    Thank you & 73

  • Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS   3 weeks 8 hours ago

    Hi!

    You do not need the "WIDE1-1" in the path when working the ISS or the NO-84 satellite. Only "ARISS" is needed, as both will respond to that. As was mentioned previously, the ISS digipeater has been off for 3 days, and will most likely remain off until after the new ISS crew - scheduled to be launched early tomorrow - arrives at the ISS. The ISS digipeater may not be activatied immediately after their arrival, but keep an eye on this site and http://ariss.net to see if anything has been heard from the ISS digipeater.

    You can use NO-84 to test your configuration. Make sure the GPS is on, so that your radio knows your location when transmitting packets. NO-84's downlink is much weaker than the ISS (300mW vs. 5-10 watts), so you will probably need to use a directional antenna like a Yagi or LPDA to help with that. If you work NO-84, you can use the http://pcsat.aprs.org web site to see packets that were retransmitted by NO-84 and picked up by an Internet gateway station.

    Good luck, and 73!

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

  • Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS   3 weeks 8 hours ago

    Dear OM G7HCE,

    I have checked now the synatx required by the VX-8 Digipath

    The paths which i can configure, have following opportunities

    1st part of path : XXXXXX -Y
    2nd part of path : XXXXXX -Y (optional)

    XXXXXX = Here i have 6 digits, possible is A-Z and 0-9
    -Y = only selection between -1 to -15

    Definition (pregiven)
    Non = Home Station
    -1 to -3 = "Digipeater"
    -4 = "HF to VHF Gateway"
    -5 = "IGate"
    -6 = Operation via Satellite
    -7 = Handheld
    -8 = Maritime Mobile
    -9 = Mobile
    -10 = Operation via Internet
    -11 = APRS Touch Tone Use
    -12 = Portable Units
    -13 = Not used
    -14 = Trackers
    -15 = HF Operation

    So, i think i shall try "ARISS-6" or "ARISS-1" and in 2nd part "WIDE1-1".

    Other suggestions ? Ideas ?

    THX & 73
    OE8HXK

    P.S.:
    With the programmer i saw that there is also another (last) option in the menu, where no "syntax" seems to be needed.

    I tried now to enter "ARISS, WIDE1-1" ... Radio was takeing config. I will try now several options and report what works - nevertheless, suggestions welcome.

  • Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS   3 weeks 11 hours ago
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    Your welcome. Make sure you have GPS switched on for position report.
    Don't forget the comma to separate in the full path as shown below.

    ARISS,WIDE1-1

    Here is the correct link when PSAT was on a 40 deg pass over Exeter/UK IO80GR with the handie today. https://dl.dropbox.com/s/had9g321kkymj5z/PSAT.png?dl=0

  • M0JFP heard by PSAT   3 weeks 12 hours ago
    Re

    Hi James

    Surely you mean 145.825 which is the APRS packet digipeater frequency up/down. 145.800 voice/sstv
    I can easily work both ISS/PSAT (N0-84) with Kenwood TH-D72E HT handie 5 watts into 1/2 wave telescopic antenna walking mobile.
    The only downside sometimes don't get confirmation on the radio screen I've been heard hence the repeat beacons.
    This was a 40 deg pass today over Exeter/UK. https://dl.dropbox.com/s/had9g321kkymj5z/PSAT.png?dl=0

  • Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS   3 weeks 12 hours ago

    Hi,

    many thx for confirming path and info, that iss digipeater is currently down !

    73
    OE8HXK

  • Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS   3 weeks 13 hours ago

    Hi

    I use the path for both ISS and PSAT as follows. ARISS,WIDE1-1

    I can easily work ISS/PSAT with Kenwood TH-D72E HT handi with 1/2 wave telescopic antenna walking mobile.

    See here worked PSAT digipeater on 145.825 today as ISS is currently switched off. https://dl.dropbox.com/s/4b80iiskojpksla/PSAT.png?dl=0

  • Will the ISS be on with voice for Field Day 2016 ?   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Hi!

    I didn't hear any voices on 145.800 during Field Day, but I made use of two ISS passes on Saturday (25 June) afternoon to make a total of 5 QSOs. On one pass around 2312 UTC, I worked VE5AA in Saskatchewan, KK6QMS in California, and K7RDG in Arizona. On the next pass around 0048 UTC, I made QSOs with KG6BFD in California and KC7MG in Arizona, but those stations did not provide the Field Day exchanges. I sent my grid locator (DM45) for those two QSOs. My QSO with VE5AA was my first satellite QSO during Field Day, which got me the 100-point bonus for a satellite contact.

    73!

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

  • Will the ISS be on with voice for Field Day 2016 ?   4 weeks 15 hours ago
    re

    not good...no activity on ISS !!! hi !

    when is the day of the field day ?

    73

  • Will the ISS be on with voice for Field Day 2016 ?   4 weeks 2 days ago

    ISS currently has only 1 US crewmember and is busy getting ready for some major equipment repairs. I doubt he will make it to the mic for Field Day.

  • Nice video of Tim Peake on ARISS with school !   5 weeks 4 days ago

    Hi Rudy,

    Yes saw this video some time ago and very informative and great views of the onboard equipment in the Columbus module including the HamTv.

    Another video of GB1SS: schools speaking to Tim Peake.
    The ten school contacts with Tim Peake on the ISS during his Principia mission have inspired thousands of young people and introduced them to amateur radio in a new and exciting way. Our new video celebrates these historic events and the range of linked activities the schools have enjoyed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByEf1xlWZyE

    TX-Factor did a great video on the last ARISS school contact with King's school Ottery St Mary Devon. Here it shows all the equipment setup used by the ARISS UK Team for the Principia Mission.
    In this special edition, we follow the progress of a Devon School in their attempt to be one of the ten lucky UK schools to link up with Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpUDArlvVuM

    What a great success the ARISS Principia Mission did!! Enjoyed them all.

    73's David G7HCE

  • SSTV Image , June 09 2016 17:09 UTC   6 weeks 5 days ago

    Very strong signals over EI , had no pc on so no SSTV image :(

  • ISS QSL Info   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Just follow the standard QSL process for your region. http://www.ariss.org/qsl-cards.html

  • ISS QSL Info   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Hi,
    An ARISS school contact programme has been organised for H.A.L. School Lucknow, India students on 12th May 2016 at 0811 Hrs UTC. In which Tim Kopra KE5UDN answered the questions of students.

    I do feel very much delighted to know whether the students alongwith the teacher who participated in programme may get the QSL card from ARISS.

    If yes, what should we do.

    If we get soft copies of the QSL cards, we can take printout of QSL cards at our end.

    Pl do reply.

    73's
    de
    Dinesh Ch Sharma, VU2DCT
    email : lkohamclub@gmail.com

  • 30 May contact ARISS with school in Ontario CANADA !   8 weeks 5 days ago
    re

    NOTE is in telebridge by IK1SLD Claudio !

    This contact is NOT UDIBLE in USA or Canada ...but only in Europe !

    best 73 de IW2BSF

  • Tomsk Sat to be tested 5/10-08:00 to 5/11-16:00 UTC for Univ   8 weeks 6 days ago

    Hi All,

    Russian video from inside ISS showing TOMSK satellite and Kenwood system used to simulcast #ARISS event on the past transmission during May 10-11/05/2016 145.800 Mhz FM.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnYIjgGU4vQ&feature=youtu.be

  • 6 May : ARISS contact to USA school !   10 weeks 1 day ago

    The May 6, 2016 contact was successful and was the first one held in Rhode Island, USA. We had a large audience watching live: 160 people at the school, 250+ at the nearby church, and another 258 locations around the globe watching the live stream.

    You can watch the 10 minute YouTube video -- https://youtu.be/oTkq5btNW_U -- as ISS astronaut Jeff Williams makes it through all 24 student questions.

    Our small school's amateur radio station is N1ASA and we will be becoming more active as a satellite ground station.

    73,

    Mike K1NPT

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