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  • ISS Fan Club Tracking s/w   11 years 34 weeks ago

    One other site that you could use is the AMSAT web site:

    Select ISS, put in your latitude and longitude (elevation in meters would also help, but not mandatory), and it will show the track for the next 10 to 50 passes. There is also an option once you see the pass prediction times where the ISS is shown on a world map. It gets updated very regularly, and is another way to confirm what you see here or in other programs.

    Good luck!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Phoenix, Arizona USA

  • ISS Fan Club Tracking s/w   11 years 34 weeks ago

    Blexcroid,

    just make sure you are using fresh keplerian elements on the other programs you use.

    Alain
    IZ6BYY/WW3WW
    Iss Fan Club Staff

  • My first ISS packet radio recepcion.   11 years 34 weeks ago

    Hello Blexcroid. I´m not a ham radio operator yet. I´m waiting the next test to receive the callsign. I´m using a scanner radio to listen the ISS and other satellites like AO-51, VO-52, etc.

    With my new antenna I have more posibilities to receive better signal from space. Days before I was using a simple 2-meter dipole with no signal received.

    In one hour and some minutes more I have another opportunity with high angle pass over Spain.

    73

    Christian Castillo
    40º 26´47" N
    03º 35´57" W
    RX: Yupiteru MVT-7100
    Antenna: Homebrew Arrow VHF-UHF
    Software: UISS and AGWPE

  • My first ISS packet radio recepcion.   11 years 34 weeks ago

    Nice job!! It's so rewarding to hear your first stations on a homebrew antenna, much less via the ISS.
    What radio are you using? If it's a TH-D7, then queue up a message to be sent and on your next decent ISS pass, take one of the stations you hear and input their call & QSO to them. N5VHO (Kenneth) is one of the masters at QSOs via ISS and always is ready with assistance for any ham that needs it.
    Good luck on your first QSO to or via the ISS!

  • Space Station Audio   11 years 34 weeks ago
    [quote=Amm1UK]I hope this is just a blip. Tried to log into the [b]Space Station Audio[/b] today (12.46 UTC) and the Real Player message comes up stating that the "Requested File Is Not Found...The Link May Be Outdated" The Nasa TV still seems to be ok. [/quote] [b]Further to my post above, the Space Station Audio on the above link is back on-line.[/b]
  • ISS repeater back? (and random thoughts)   11 years 34 weeks ago

    Hello KB8TZX,

    For newbies I have written (in the past) an easy operation manual
    to work the ISS crew in voice:

    I also used this info for NA1SS DXCC campaign e-mails, and
    it helped a lot newbies makeing their first QSO with NA1SS!

    For ISS aprs & packet software (freqs) you can go to:
    (click on the red ISS button).

    I know many wants the ISS X repeater back, but a lot people
    forget that PCSAT2 is still operational on ISS, if the ISS
    repeater is on, than PCSAT2 has interference!!!
    It's nessesary to keep PCSAT2 on for telemetry data!

    73's Cor PD0RKC

  • Add one more country to Bill's count...   11 years 34 weeks ago

    A local ham friend of mine, Jim KF7E, also posted on here that Bill worked S9SS on Sao Tome. He's still plugging away with the radio.....

    73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK

  • NA1SS DXCC Campaign   11 years 34 weeks ago

    After enliisting A35RK and seeing his successful efforts, now can happily add that as of about 15:25Z today 26/2/06, Charles, S9SS, had a good QSO with Bill. Charles made it with 2 watts from an HT and a hastily made hand-held yagi. A great job in the best tradition of Amateur radio!

    Am hoping a couple more friends I have also enlisted will soon be giving NA1SS 2 or 3 more new ones.

    Great job Bill, and congrats to all the many helpers on the side and to the Amateurs making these QSOs possible.

    Jim, KF7E

  • How much would you pay to stay a week in space?   11 years 34 weeks ago

    It's my big dream to stay a week in space!!!I will do everythink for this... Is this possible? :)

  • How active was Bill McArthur?   11 years 34 weeks ago

    Whilst many astronauts have "worked" the ham radio equipment, it seems Bill McArthur found that "playing" with it is relaxing. Not only did it provide him the crucial link to other humans here on Earth, it provided him an enjoyable challenge to fill his off-work time. Bill's quest for DXCC has taken ARISS to a whole new level for himself and for Hams around the world. I only hope that I will have the opportunity to work him before he returns. Thanks Bill!

  • ISS repeater back? (and random thoughts)   11 years 34 weeks ago
    [quote=] I just thought it would be a nice idea to have the basic ideas collected in one spot so that newbies like me can "figure out which way is up" and then head to forums with more detailed questions (along with stories of what they're trying and their successes!) [/quote] Dave, that is nice idea. Expect something like that to be present on this site in the next future. Thanks for the suggestion. 73's
  • Packet and APRS recieving from ISS   11 years 34 weeks ago

    You can try downloading and installing the SV2AGW packet engine program, which uses the sound card in your PC to decode the audio. Additionally, download the AGWTracker program to decode the APRS packets.

    You'll need an audio cable to adapt the speaker output from your radio into the mike input on your PC. You'll probably need an attenuating cable. Because I transmit into a radio, I use the Tigertronics Signalink SL/1+ interface which both receives and sends.

    If you want a more advanced setup, you'll need a TNC (Terminal Node Controller) to interface between the scanner and your PC, plus software such as WinAPRS.

  • Add one more country to Bill's count...   11 years 34 weeks ago

    I saw a report on AMSAT-BB from Thailand that Bill worked an XV station in Vietnam on Saturday (Feb 25). I make the current count at 109.

    Kenneth - N5VHO

  • NA1SS DXCC Campaign   11 years 34 weeks ago

    Paul A35RK e-mailed me this morning, reporting that he had a 5-minute contact with Bill today (25 February 2006) at 1723 UTC. Signals were virtually full-quieting for the entire pass, and peaking at S-7 on his old Kenwood mobile radio. Paul used 50W into a groundplane antenna to make the QSO.

    73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Phoenix, Arizona USA

  • How active was Bill McArthur?   11 years 34 weeks ago

    Sure seems like there hasn't been anyone else on Mir, ISS, or shuttle missions as active as Bill has been. He likes to talk to schools and hams, has enjoyed working all the US states, continents, and as many countries as he can in his time up there. Who knows where he will end up when he leaves the ISS. Count me in as a vote for the most active of any crew.

    73!

    Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Phoenix, Arizona USA

  • How active was Bill McArthur?   11 years 34 weeks ago

    1300 contacts, 107 DXCC entities, WAS, WAC on VHF and UHF, Most School contacts...He gets top marks from me and he is still going strong.

    Kenneth - N5VHO

  • How will the Columbia accident affect ISS development?   11 years 34 weeks ago

    I think that it will not affect the deployment 'cause there are other nations participating, especially the Russians. So there should be no prob.

  • Successful Contact with NA1SS   11 years 34 weeks ago

    Regarding Successful Contact with NA1SS
    by robin, S21RB, I would like to add that Anwar Islam, call sign S21L and Dr. Zahidul Huq Shipon, call sign S21VA also had QSO with Astronaut Bill, NA1SS, on 18th February around 20:05 and 20:08 respectively from the same station. It was a remarkable experience.

  • ISS Nasa Commentary   11 years 35 weeks ago
    [quote:64e8ef1f6e="N5VHO"]Today (Monday Feb 20) is a U.S. government holiday.[/quote:64e8ef1f6e] Thanks N5VHO. I'm a UK citizen so I didn't pick up on that. :oops:
  • ISS Nasa Commentary   11 years 35 weeks ago

    Today (Monday Feb 20) is a U.S. government holiday.

  • LAST report of hearing SuitSat?   11 years 35 weeks ago

    Now.

  • Packet OFF for SuitSat   11 years 35 weeks ago

    Now.

  • LAST report of hearing SuitSat?   11 years 35 weeks ago

    When will the ISS packet fx be cleared of suitsat to resume standard packet activities?

  • Packet OFF for SuitSat   11 years 35 weeks ago

    As the suitsat batteries and signal has continued to weaken when will packet be allowed again on 145.99MHz? Thanks!

  • ISS Tracking.   11 years 35 weeks ago

    How accurate do you need to be with the tracking , ? i have used several differnt Sat Trackers , and find them to be VERY accurate with the lattest updates , also I was also woundering about the update page thingy ,, old site still goin fine ,, ?? o-well no complaints from me , I just wish the ISS would pick up hitch hikers , HA, HA ,, 73s

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