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  • Tracking Program   15 years 14 weeks ago

    If you want a free, fast, accurate and multi-plaform tracker I would suggest the well known "predict" by KB2BD.
    Dont explect too many colors or pictures. Its a text only program. I love it.
    If you need more complicated fancy stuff I am sure someone else will tell you the right choice.
    Regards.

    Alain iz6byy

  • HELP!! Need help on old MIR contact   15 years 14 weeks ago

    Ops Mark,

    Now I undestand but I don´t know about a NASA QSL

    I have only the normal MIR Qsl.

    73 Claudio IK1SLD

  • HELP!! Need help on old MIR contact   15 years 14 weeks ago

    CLAUDIO,
    No this was a PERSONAL QSL for Norman THagard he gave ARRL and also me when I spoke to him.

    THis was a NASA QSL not a MIR. I have the MIR ones. I also send another Thagard QSL to Dave Larsen as well. He helped me in getting my old MIR contacts (U5MIR) but I never received the Thagard one from JSC he had made.

    He had his own NASA QSL for his mission seperate from the MIR ones. and gave the MAILCODE CB at JSC to get one.

    Thanks though for your help.
    Mark

  • HELP!! Need help on old MIR contact   15 years 14 weeks ago

    Hi Mark,

    to request MIR Qsl card was necessary to ask for a Manager and not personal Astronaut address.

    Manager for MIR in the USA was N6CO Dave Larsen. I have again on my page the old address where send your request but I don´t know if it is valid again.

    You can ask to Dave if he has again a Qsl... this is the link to my page

    http://www.ik1sld.org/mirex_qsl.htm

    73 de IK1SLD Claudio

  • How would you call RS0ISS packet radio system performance?   15 years 14 weeks ago

    Thank you to all. Last weekend, on Canadian Thanksgiving, I went to my hometown in Eastern Québec, near Trois-Pistoles. Quite unexpectedly, I succeeded in contacting ISS!! Was it due to a better UNP, or because I was using the same frequency for RX and TX (145.825), or because of that new RS0ISS-1 address?

    The experience was again very exciting. I was having dinner with our family and friends. We all went outside to admire the view of ISS passing in the night sky just above our heads. At that same moment, I succeeded many times in receiving and sending data. I just could not believe it! :o)

    Greetings from Mario

    VA2VA

  • How would you call RS0ISS packet radio system performance?   15 years 14 weeks ago

    Make certain your settings are correct. ISS should hear you easily on 5 watts. .. make certain your UNP is set correctly.

    Mark

    WL7LZ

  • How would you call RS0ISS packet radio system performance?   15 years 14 weeks ago

    Mario - try using a Cush Craft Dual Beam 5 Elements each band. Much more gain. I use the HT and the beam for connecting to UO-14 & AO-27. Arthur N1ORC

  • Have you seen the ISS with your naked eyes??   15 years 14 weeks ago

    I have been waching ISS for aprox.3+ yrs. Since it strated as a small spec in the evening heavens until Oct 8, 02 and aprox 2150utc when ISS came into sight. Shotly thereafter STS-112 came into sight. The station commander was on with Miles, WF1F and talking about the change in the packet freq. The scouts were impressed (getting ready for JOTA) in the sighting as well as the radio chatter that was going on.

  • ISS switched to 145.825 MHz   15 years 15 weeks ago

    I have log today the pcsat of the last two passings EU,
    The power on the battery of the N0-44 are verry low.
    also in the sun i have i sie the TLM. 11111111 (low battery en the last pass.
    passing for the dark are the sat continu reset .

    Now the pcsat & iss are pass in the evening
    i thank for EU. this week , it are not a succes
    to use the two digi´s .

    But whe do hope ....for a little succes...??

    73 de jan pe2jmr [ This message was edited by: pe2jmr on 10-10-2002 20:36 ]

  • How would you call RS0ISS packet radio system performance?   15 years 15 weeks ago

    Yes Mario, it would be really nice.

    Unfortunately plain AX.25 does not handle packet collisions and that is the main reason of failures.

    Such a simple system allows a very large number of potential users to be part of the game, but introduces many troubles... Like the one I said before.

    73's

    Alain

  • Any record on ISS voice over Europe?   15 years 15 weeks ago

    Wich pass are you talking about?

  • How would you call RS0ISS packet radio system performance?   15 years 15 weeks ago

    RS0ISS packet radio system would be awesome if one could upload with a 5 W handheld radio and Arrow antenna. I have tried numerous times to upload APRS data, even when I could see ISS in the sky, but my 5 watts are not enough.

    On the other hand, QRP voice operations with ISS are possible. I have had the pleasure to talk to cosmonaut Valery Korzun with a TH-D7 (5 watts). It would be so cool if everybody transmitted QRP to ISS!

    Greetings from Canada

    Mario, VA2VA

  • Question !!   15 years 15 weeks ago

    Hi!

    I´ve been using a Kenwood TM-D700, 10W on a 11el. Yagi and 40m of cable.

    You can listen to ISS very easily with a handheld and a rubber antenna - no problem signal goes to 9+.

    Steffen

  • Question !!   15 years 15 weeks ago

    I´m assuming you are hearing the ISS on 145.800mhz before you call on 145.200mhz.

    Make sure that your antenna is designed to transmit! Many scanner antennas will transmit but with a very low wattage limit or damage to the antenna may result. Maybe try a different antenna if you have access to one. If not, try building your own yagi- its useful for more than just ISS work.

    Your radio is perfectly capable of reaching the ISS so make sure you are using the correct frequencies. But I´d place your trouble at your antenna.

    73s
    Adam, KCØKVU

  • QSO with Valery!   15 years 16 weeks ago

    Hi,

    I had a QSO with Valery yesterday (30th Sept.) at 20:41 UTC via our clubstation DL0VW.

    Has anyone recorded that and could send me an audio file? Please email me!

    I used my Kenwood TM-D700 and a 11el. Yagi. Signal was a clean and real 59!

    73 de Steffen/DO4OSS

  • Have you seen the ISS with your naked eyes??   15 years 16 weeks ago

    This summer I was with my wife in Argentina and we had possibility to talk with Valery while I was pointing by hand my Arrow antenna (3 elements) directly to the lightly point in the sky (ISS).
    It was the first time with the Space Station. I had this possibility several years ago with MIR.
    But this time I was using a TH-D7 with only 2.5 watts power output.

    Ciao Claudio

  • Scheduled QSO´s?   15 years 16 weeks ago

    Hi Alain,

    yes we can arrange a contact schedule with a coordinator preparing a list of Amateur Radio Operators.
    I have a contact with VU2GMN Gopal from India to schedule a contact before Valery return on the Earth.
    Valery in this period is very busy: Progress preparation for undocking, New Progress arrive and the Shuttle ready for launch (docking for the weekend).
    After Shuttle, the arrive of the Soyuz TM for the taxi Crew.

    I will try to ask for a disponibility at the end of October. We hope to arrange two possibility: South America and India.

    We will investigate when there will be a good pass in the evening (Valery time) for this zones.

    Claudio IK1SLD.

  • Scheduled QSO´s?   15 years 16 weeks ago

    I see there are a lot of South American users who wish to make a voice contact.
    Maybe we could arrange something with Valeri to schedule a voice pass over that area?
    Anyone interested about this idea?

  • QSO with Valery!   15 years 16 weeks ago

    Hello all!
    I have 4 complete qso´s with valery, in the last 2 months.
    That was funny. I got the ISS QSL card after 3 weeks, after the first qso.
    My website (with chat for sat pass etc.)

    http://beam.to/do8dw

    73 de Michael, DO8DW

  • How many passess you need to try before successfully uploading a message to the RS0ISS PMS?   15 years 16 weeks ago

    As I use my antenna on my balcony it takes me several passes until I can find a good oportunity to upload or download messages from ISS PMS. I also suffer from a strong interference on VHF from a cable operator that degradates the quality of the signal. For Packet this is very critical. So I consider a complete upload or download a big success for me.

  • Have you seen the ISS with your naked eyes??   15 years 16 weeks ago

    sounds great.
    can´t wait to see it myself.

  • QSO with Valery!   15 years 16 weeks ago

    I use a 4 elem.Yagi on my balcony and a TH-D7 with 5 watts output.

    Rgds

    Paulo, CT1ETE

  • How many passess you need to try before successfully uploading a message to the RS0ISS PMS?   15 years 16 weeks ago

    First try usually does the trick, just make sure of the ISS's visibility to the antenna, I use a Skeleton Slot 6x6, and 15 watts, it works fine.

    Percy, ZS4RA

  • QSO with Valery!   15 years 16 weeks ago

    Hey, my first rig was a 202!! You should be able to get to the ISS just fine with that 3ele beam. I was able to hear packet off the station with just the rubber duck that came with it. Even as low as 13 degrees of elevation. Good Luck!

    73
    Adam, KCØKVU

  • Have you seen the ISS with your naked eyes??   15 years 16 weeks ago

    ISS is much more visible than was MIR.
    First time I saw It I was riding a motorcycle in the middle of a well illuminated city.
    While waiting under a red light, I saw it passing in the sky.
    It was unbelievable... It was so bright that I first tought It could not be ISS so I called Claudio (ik1sld) right away over the cellphone. He was watching it too!

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