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  • Reordings from 1403 Pass on 3-18-06   11 years 31 weeks ago

    Copy and paste this into web address.

    Also, here's the one from Thursday

  • Reordings from 1403 Pass on 3-18-06   11 years 31 weeks ago

    I've got a ScanRecord clip of all the voice I piced up from today. If anyone would like to compare with me, just email the sound file to n3pkc@hotmail.com and I'll reply with what I've got for the same day (voice).

  • Reordings from 1403 Pass on 3-18-06   11 years 31 weeks ago

    I also have recordings of contacts on the 1851 pass for the same day.

  • A dvd you you really want to have...   11 years 31 weeks ago

    Forgot to mention this link:
    http://www.imax.com/spacestation/

    Its the official website for the movie.

    Alain
    IZ6BYY/WW3WW
    Iss Fan Club Staff

  • mobile packet setup   11 years 31 weeks ago

    I have a slightly different problem. I sometimes chase the space station in the middle of the night, so I don't want to be outside the car for safety reasons.

    Some possibilities. There's always a way.

    (1) if it is not too congested, use a vertical mag mount square in the middle of the roof -- perhaps a 1/4 wave -- and 30 watts or more. That way, you won't have to do the tracking. With a 1/2 wave vertical in the middle of the roof, I notice a drop in signal strength when the space station appears near over head (something like S7) -- compared to the 30 degree elevation mark where the sig is full scale.

    (2) Or, you can put the magmount on the SIDE of your car, so the doughnut shaped radiation pattern is in a vertical plane. Point the car along the line where you expect the shuttle to appear and pass, but allow for some radiation off axis from the whip so don't point the car dead-square on at that point.

    (3) When doppler is in play, the range is often something like 500+ miles -- so you're fighting two things -- the doppler shift (up to 3 khz) and the weak signal. So, concentrate on the middle of the pass where the distances are closer, your sig is stronger and the doppler is minimized.

    (4) It helps if you can mount the Arrow antenna onto a video tripod, and give a friend a photocopy map of the immediate area and ask the friend to help point the antenna. Mark the map with times and direction and elevation of the pass. I often use one minute increments, unless the pass is near overhead, when I use 30 second increments. Adjust accordingly.

    (5) If you don't have a friend readily available, put the laptop on the trunk of the car, operate the packet program, and occasionally move the Arrow on the video tripod.

    There are several packet programs with the "upload" command. In terms of full automation, I'm not aware of one.

    Ron H, AH6RH

  • St. Patrick's day recording   11 years 31 weeks ago

    If the page is unavailable I'd be glad to email the full 5.84 MB file. It is about 13 minutes long with Bill answering many student questions.
    Send requests to: n3pkc@hotmail.com

  • St. Patrick's Day School Contacts   11 years 31 weeks ago

    Please be patient with this link. It is a GOOD link, but there's an hourly transfer limit on my free Geocities account so if it doesn't work try later.

  • Anyone have a recording of the ISS on the 1448 UTC pass on 3-16-06 ?   11 years 31 weeks ago

    whoops I actually got you on tape....

    and that better copy from today if you're interested
    n3pkc@hotmail.com

  • Anyone have a recording of the ISS on the 1448 UTC pass on 3-16-06 ?   11 years 31 weeks ago

    I've got a really nice recording of ISS school contacts from today 3-17-06 It's about 10 minutes long.

    N3PKC@hotmail.com

  • New Member   11 years 31 weeks ago
    NEw

    Matt,
    Really easy to do really, just program the uplink - 144.490 and the downlink (for everything) 145.800.
    Good Luck!

  • Why   11 years 31 weeks ago

    Hi David.

    Why is it always in packet mode? Crew is either busy or asleep. Packet is currently the default mode, although there have been lots of reports of voice activity in the recent past. Just listen and be ready if you hear a voice instead of the packet racket on 145.800 MHz. Take a look at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/timelines/index.html to get an idea of the schedule up there.

    As for the TNC, look at: http://www.elcom.gr/sv2agw/ for ways to get on packet without a TNC. Used TNCs are not that expensive, since they aren't in as much demand as in the past.

    Good luck and 73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK

  • McArthur Still on the Air   11 years 31 weeks ago

    I heard Bill chatting with a ham as he passed over head here in Brazil on Monday March 13th using my 5 watt Icom T-90A HT and a home-brew 3 element beam. When they finished I gave Bill a call and he came right back. Not a lot of competition here in rural Brazil! It was a real thrill to chat with him for about 4 minutes.

    I've made only two contacts since I've been here in central Brazil, and both of them have been through the ISS. The first contact was with PY3AT through the voice repeater onboard the ISS. Just used the HT with the stock antenna for that one. It really doesn't take much to make a contact.

    I'm coming back the the U.S. on Monday and hope to catch Bill on the air from Seattle!

    Dave - KY7N

  • mobile packet setup   11 years 31 weeks ago

    Trying to access the BBS over highly populated areas is a very difficult task due to all the QRM from other stations.
    Best just try to UNPROTO digi through the ISS and make short and quick exchanges. Once your station improves, then trying the BBS during low use hours may be easier.

    Kenneth - N5VHO




  • mobile packet setup   11 years 31 weeks ago

    Yes, you could use an Arrow Yagi with a laptop to access the ISS mailbox. Chances are you won't need to deal with Doppler, unless you are trying to make a connection near the beginning or end of the pass. There might be programs that can do what you're asking for, but the commands on the ISS mailbox are not necessarily the same as on other packet BBS systems.

    Have you looked over the information on Cor's (PD0RKC) web site:

    http://pd0rkc.ontwikkel.nl/

    There are probably other programs that could help you out with this, try searching for "ISS packet" and you'll see.

    Chances are you won't have enough time on a pass to send and receive lots of messages. There are stations which use the ISS packet system to relay their location (APRS), and you can see this activity at:

    http://www.ariss.net/

    I'm not trying to discourage your efforts, but keep in mind that the ISS is a very popular station no matter what mode it operates in, and many will be trying to work it on packet - accessing the mailbox and the digipeater - during a pass. Try it manually at first, so you can see it for yourself before going to an automated setup. If the packet isn't on, the crew may be on the microphone or the equipment may be turned off for some other activity on the station or an upcoming docking (new crew or Progress resupply ship).

    Good luck and 73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Phoenix, Arizona USA

  • A dvd you you really want to have...   11 years 31 weeks ago

    The DVD was released last summer, and was originally in IMAX theatres in 2004, so the current expedition is not featured. Still a good show, including some bits related to ham radio as previously mentioned.

    73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK

  • A dvd you you really want to have...   11 years 31 weeks ago
    DVD

    Just got mine on Ebay. Can't wait for it to arrive. Do they show the expiditon 12 crew?

  • Heard Iss for the first time!   11 years 31 weeks ago

    What you heard was the ISS School contact scheduled for today. See the link below. The length of time that you can hear them depends on how good of a pass you have depending on your location. The contact that you heard was with an OHIO school so it was probably a pretty good pass for your area. To catch them working the radio with regular HAM's is pretty hard. I finally did make contact yesterday after trying for 2 months. Anyway, anytime that there is a school contact scheduled in your area, you should be able to listen to the downlink.

  • Heard Iss for the first time!   11 years 31 weeks ago

    Depends on what you define as normal. If you mean, "will I hear the crew talking often" then this is not normal. If you mean, "can I hear signals from the ISS often" then yes, ISS is often transmitting signals. Usually packet but sometimes voice.

    Kenneth - N5VHO




  • thank you na1ss and r0iss   11 years 32 weeks ago

    HP1RRA
    greetings excuse me but I forget to put my E-mail address it is ricky26a@aim.com

  • Chances of making contact using an HT   11 years 32 weeks ago

    I was pretty excited about it. I wasn't even going to try because the pass was so low, but when I got out to the truck and turned on the mobile, I could not hear the digipeater and heard some static with faint voice. I about fell over and ran to the back of the truck and whipped out the Arrow II antenna. It took me a few seconds to get the HT hooked up and only 2 calls before he answered me. It has been confirmed via the AMSAT Bulletin board. Check out the email I got from AJ3U only hours after the contact.

    ______
    Look's like Bill was up early this morning working the East coast. He even
    bagged a new ham who was making his first contact and I believe it was on a
    hand held. KB3NDS I think is the call I remembered. I asked Bill and he
    confirmed it ...was hard to tell who was more pleased... the new ham or Bill.

    Al
    N2YAC
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  • Chances of making contact using an HT   11 years 32 weeks ago

    I was pretty excited about it. I wasn't even going to try because the pass was so low, but when I got out to the truck and turned on the mobile, I could not hear the digipeater and heard some static with faint voice. I about fell over and ran to the back of the truck and whipped out the Arrow II antenna. It took me a few seconds to get the HT hooked up and only 2 calls before he answered me. It has been confirmed via the AMSAT Bulletin board. Check out the email I got from AJ3U only hours after the contact.

    ______
    Look's like Bill was up early this morning working the East coast. He even
    bagged a new ham who was making his first contact and I believe it was on a
    hand held. KB3NDS I think is the call I remembered. I asked Bill and he
    confirmed it ...was hard to tell who was more pleased... the new ham or Bill.

    Al
    N2YAC
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  • Chances of making contact using an HT   11 years 32 weeks ago

    Congratulations Paul!

    I will have to get the Arrow out on the weekend and see if Bill comes on over the West Coast. I'd love to talk to him before they return to Earth!

    73, Zach KE7EYQ

  • Chances of making contact using an HT   11 years 32 weeks ago

    I know that it is indeed possible. I made my first contact with Bill on the ISS this morning with a Yaesu FT50R and an Arrow II antenna. He told me that I was coming in 5X9 and it was a low pass with the max elevation only being 8 degrees. I have a recording of the whole thing and will post it on my website as soon as I get home from work tonight. Check out for the recording.

  • McArthur Still on the Air   11 years 32 weeks ago

    Bill was on Monday, approx 21:16Z (11:16 am local). He talked with Ray, NH6RZ while on his way over Hawaii headed to Seatle. Ray's retired. They had a nice 4 minute QSO. (BTW, Bill does the 5.5 hour plane ride in about 9 minutes.)

    Ron H

  • Chances of making contact using an HT   11 years 32 weeks ago

    I'm in an apartment on the bottom floor, I have my radio strung to a J-pole that I bought off ebay for $30? that I have to lean on the railing to get a decent signal. Receiving ISS has been a breeze, and Sunday I made my first APRS bounce off it. I was a happy camper to say the least. Have not heard a peep of voice on the 145.80 since I started listening though. Not sure what to make of that. All I ever hear is packet/aprs squeals. I keep a log of the data reads on my website so I can show friends and co-workers, trying to get them interested in radio.

    Dave K
    KB8PXV@KB8PXV.com

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