Archive - Feb 2012 - Forum topic

February 29th

Columbus patch antennas position!!

During the last few days while I was trying UHF Packet on the international space station .I noticed several time a sudden dip in the signal strength and loss in connection with packet system. ISS elevation was reasonable and the signal strength on the VHF packet system was strong!
I’m thinking of 3 cases:
1- The patch antennas position!
(The patch antennas are fixed on the Meteorite Debris Panels (MDP) protecting the hull of Columbus. On the port cone of the module, where it attaches to the ISS )
2- Radio and power used!
3- Doppler Effect!

st2nh – Wed, 2012 – 02 – 29 19:11

February 27th

RSS Feed

Is there anyway to get the comments with the rss feed. I can get the original post, but not any of the comments to that post.

kd5dxi – Tue, 2012 – 02 – 28 03:52

Did I make contact?

Been trying for a few days with a less than optimum setup, and UISS5.2.8

I've been watching the page and see my callsign, so I click on it and see raw APRS Data on

Position of W3UTD --- 11.7 miles southeast of Huntingdon, PA --- Report received 19 minutes 13 seconds ago
Status: 271239zUI-View32 V2.03

Raw packet: W3UTD>CQ,RS0ISS-3*,qAR,K3AS:=4021.15N/07752.30W-Fraser in Harrisburg, PA, FN10bi

Does that mean I made it to the ISS?

W3UTD – Mon, 2012 – 02 – 27 18:36

Great news (if you live in the Netherlands)

André Kuipers:
Started using the amateur radio. PI9ISS for the Netherlands, otherwise NA1SS. Fun, but a dilemma. Do I take photos of the Netherlands during a pass, or use the radio?

madrat – Mon, 2012 – 02 – 27 17:52

ISS contact with Wouxun KG-UVD1P

I tried to make contact with ISS (PI9ISS/NA1ISS) last weekend on every pass when it passed over the South UK, but unfortunately no results. Although I could here PI9ISS (Andre Kuipers) make a QSO with a Dutch OM.
I use a Wouxun KG-UVD1P handheld kit.
Is it at all possible to make contact with ISS on such a handheld. I could here PI9ISS quite clearly talking but I wonder if they can receive me. Output is 5W.

Can somebody shed a light on my dark space explorations?


Peter de Groot

PA5PIL – Mon, 2012 – 02 – 27 05:28

February 20th

What's this ...please

Can anyone tell me what this is please.... It was on my screen when I got up this morning... TNC was running on 145.825 and last used with ISS APRS.

FAST2>BEACON:F21001660 74123.4523859233472 41-0.2353+0.0000+0.0000 -4235638.46 -
1120021.46 -9890622.73-235240283286 024 024 019 024 038

Thanks in advance... dusty
Woops... location Australia
1037hrs Local.

VK3KAW – Mon, 2012 – 02 – 20 19:35

What's inside ISS mail box ?

12:58 13:07 UTC - 20 Feb 2012
All the messages inside ISS mail box
Notice the wrong date and time stamp :)

The ISS is so quite over Africa except some traffic
from SV1HFY and YU7RD at the end of SW –> NE pass.
I’m planing to reactivate my Igate soon.

Msg# Size TS Date Time From To @ BBS Subject

63 189 28-Mar/1321 ST2NH >DK3WN hello dear Mike
62 145 B$ 28-Mar/1409 KG4CEO>ALL hi
61 30 B$ 28-Mar/1237 KG4CEO>ALL all
60 190 B$ 28-Mar/1231 KG4CEO>ALL all
59 192 B$ 28-Mar/0919 KG4CEO>ALL HELLO
58 30 28-Mar/0810 ST2NH >EA1JM HELLO

st2nh – Mon, 2012 – 02 – 20 10:02

February 16th

Help with APRS ISS?

Ok I am running a Kennwood TM-D700. I just want to know if I am set up right. Just as an FYI I am new to this. Anyways I am running my radio in APRS Mode with a path of "ARISS,SGATE,WIDE2-2" I had no luck hitting the ISS on todays path. Can anyone tell me if the above information looks correct? And how and/or whats the best way to find out the current time of a fly over in my neck of the woods (Pacific standard time). I dont understand the the UTC time. Thank you for any help you can pervide...

K6AMF – Thu, 2012 – 02 – 16 14:43

February 4th

ISS Contact

It appears to me the ISS is not active over the US; are they taking a break?

KA0SWT – Sat, 2012 – 02 – 04 04:13

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