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  • ISS Radio Report 41994   27 weeks 5 days ago

    I wil be recieving today (I will be at work) I have seen a 5 element 144 + 8 element 432 boom 1,5 meter at ebay (in italy)
    Did you see that I get over PSAT sunday :-)

  • ISS Radio Report 41994   28 weeks 2 days ago
    Re

    Yes managed a QLS with DK1WB and was only station online. It was a lower 33 deg pass and was not expecting much so forgot to switch the satgate on for ariss.net but saved the monitor screen and screenshot of the exchange. Using the Omni I only get a narrow window of usage on 437.550, about 1 minute after AOS west of my location then it's lost overhead then not heard east of my location at all as it descends over Europe. ISS was quiet again this morning with passes being during the night hours now so won't be much activity.
    I see Amsat UK are out of stock on the ELK 2M/440L5 log periodic handheld antenna which looks like my best option at this time.

    PSAT (UO-84) packet digipeater 145.825 is back online again today so beaconed that one earlier. You should be able to test your new radio on that now. I beaconed this sat with the TH-D72 + APRSIS32 for satgate hence the -10 as wasn't sure if there were any other stations on. Haven't had any success yet with the TS-2000 + UISS and soundcard will try again over the weekend with some different settings.

    20161110124406 : G7HCE-10]UP4RXV,PSAT,ARISS*,WIDE1-1,qAR,DM0AI-10:`y9&l"%[/]73's David in Exeter/UK IO80gr via SAT=
    20161110124330 : PSAT]APRSON,ARISS,qAR,DM0AI-10:T#590,826,067,851,504,363,00011000
    20161110124254 : G7HCE-10]UP4RXU,PSAT,ARISS*,WIDE1-1,qAR,LA3QMA-6:`y9'l!H[/]73's David in Exeter/UK IO80gr via SAT=
    20161110124233 : PSAT]APRSON,ARISS,qAR,LA3QMA-6:!27 . S\048 . ES040/999/W3ADO s#027788,0z290
    20161110124132 : PSAT]APRSON,ARISS,qAR,G7HCE-10:s#027787,0z290,FJGEKGDKGDJGCJFAKEaJEfJDgJDhIDhIDhHE
    20161110124128 : PSAT]APRSON,ARISS,qAR,G7HCE-10:T#588,814,365,848,507,363,00011000

  • ISS Radio Report 41994   28 weeks 2 days ago

    Very fine the DK1WB are the german station I saw earlyer and I have seen you :-)

    Today I have changed the 70 cm eggbeater to the 2 mtr version but was to late to see NO-84 today some days I have to be at work :-)
    '

  • ISS Radio Report 41994   28 weeks 3 days ago

    Fm G7HCE To CQ Via ARISS [09:16:12]Hello To All via ISS 73' David in Exeter
    Fm G7HCE To CQ Via RS0ISS* [09:16:14]Hello To All via ISS 73' David in Exeter
    CQ via ARISS Fm DK1WB To CQ Via RS0ISS* [09:18:59]=5216.15N\01027.30ESJO52FG op Hans {UISS54}
    Fm G7HCE To CQ Via ARISS [09:19:00]:DK1WB :Greetings from Exeter
    Fm G7HCE To CQ Via RS0ISS* [09:19:02]:DK1WB :Greetings from Exeter
    Fm DK1WB To CQ Via RS0ISS* [09:19:18]:G7HCE :QSL and 73 via ISS
    Fm DK1WB To CQ Via RS0ISS* [09:19:36]:G7HCE :QSL and 73 via ISS
    Fm RS0ISS To CQ [09:19:39]>ARISS - International Space Station

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 4 days ago
    Re

    I only checked the last 2 ISS passes over last 2 days and not heard it at all with the Omni. Maybe other satgate stations are using the same and why Europe is more quiet as most activity appears to be USA. Don't really want to go down the path again of putting up more rotating beams etc. until the replacement radio is back online end of 2017 as I only just installed a new 2m ground plane antenna a couple of weeks ago..
    Heard PSAT-1 still packet beaconing this morning whilst switched off.

    20161108102300 : PSAT-1]APOFF,ARISS,qAR,G7HCE-10:s#024690,0z001
    20161108102259 : PSAT-1]APOFF,ARISS,qAR,G7HCE-10:T#615,823,071,859,491,669,00011100
    20161108102158 : PSAT-1]APOFF,ARISS,qAR,G7HCE-10:T#614,825,086,859,492,669,00011100
    20161108102157 : PSAT-1]APOFF,ARISS,qAR,G7HCE-10:s#024689,0z001

    Yes it was sad about MIR's demise.
    Good luck on your proposed 15 deg horizontal beam should be a good improvement with better results .

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 4 days ago

    Seems I recieve better on local APRS net with the IC-2300H just now Im tracking NO-84 with my omni antenna

    When MIR was active it was more easy to get over than ISS but ofcause there was always to many stations but it
    was possible to write a mail in the mailbox in a pass, that day they have fire and power fall out I was listning it just
    disappered in a pass in the evening I saw in the TV why :-)

    I belive I must have a horisontal beam with antenna rotator maybe 15 degreeds elevation. I have worked SO-50 some
    times this summer as /P with a 3/5 el yagi on a tripond and a baofeng uv-5r it works fine :-)

    I also use soundcard as modem it works fine :-)

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 5 days ago
    Re

    Sounds like a good improvement with your new Icom. NO-84 APRS has been off for a while now last time I worked it with TH-D72 HT 5 watts into 2m 5/8 wave telescopic antenna whilst walking. Not looked at the PSK31 yet.
    I tried the UISS satgate addon but prefer to use APRSISS32 with UISS as more functions and better map and works fine with both TS-2000 and TH-D72 (aprs mode)
    Never worked MIR.
    I started with the 1200 bpsk sats then mostly worked the store and forward bbs 9k6 LEO sats KITSAT KO-23/KO-25 +UO-22 + POSAT PO-28 using LL.Grace DSP-12 TNC (still got it) + KCT Tuner Tracker + Yaesu FT-847 + Yaesu G500B EL/Rotator + Tonna 144 Mhz and 430 Mhz X-Yagis RHC + Icom Masthead Preamps + PB/PG and Wisp Software running 24/7 fully automated. Those were the days.!!
    Everything today is pc soundcard and transceiver for me now.

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 5 days ago

    I got the IC-2300H station today tested it at local APRS seems to listen better than the TYT TH-9800, have also been listning to NO-84 heard it 4 times with my omni antenna Diamond X520 testet the output to be 66 watt at 145.825 MHz but offcause NO-84 was APOFF :-)
    I have been testing satgate addon to UISS maybe it works :-)
    In that time I was working MIR :-)

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 5 days ago
    Re

    Back in the early 90's when I use to run a fully automated satellite tracking station working all the 1k2 and 9k6 LEO Sats using Tonna X-Yagis RHC + Icom Preamps others were getting good results with Eggbeaters stateside. Hope the IC-2300H is an improvement for you.
    437.550 is not good using my Omni at this time. It will interesting to see what output power they use on Kenwood DM710GA replacement late 2017. Hope it's more than the 5 watts minimum power setting.

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 5 days ago

    The eggbeater antennas works fine at 145.825 MHz but not at 437.550 MHz I use 11 mtr aircom plus cable and around 45 watt/19 watt PWR at 145.825 MHz I recieve PSAT and PCSAT when active but I never get over, last week I have ordered a Icom IC-2300H hope for a better reciever and more power :-)

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 6 days ago

    Yes there are holes in satgate net on both bands. Sometimes stations can be digipeated several times before it gets routed and I have been digipeated several times by the ISS and PSAT even during a single pass and haven't been gated especially when mobile. It can depend on the gateways they are using during their setup and whether there are packet collisions when transmitting whilst receiving etc.

    Not likely to return to 145.825 until late 2017 looking at the reports with new Kenwood DM710GA. The radio needs 13.8 VDC, the ISS provides 120 VDC in the US segment and 28 VDC in the Russian segment. The power supply will allow ham radio equipment to be used anywhere on ISS.
    437.550 not ideal without some sort of pointing antenna but at least it's operational for the time being.

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 6 days ago

    I also think there are big holes in the satgate net on 437.550 mhz in my area even at the 144.850 MHz east passages for my locator (JO54WX), sometimes miss stations that I see with my eggbeater :-)
    Hope it will return soon again Im weak at 437.550 MHz just testing 70 cm eggbeater not optimal at all :-(

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 6 days ago
    Re

    I missed that pass and the german DK station digipeated by ISS you saw did not get picked up by any satgate stations and routed via the network unfortunately.

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 6 days ago
    Re:

    Hi Patrick

    Yes looks like the gateways and other stations have still not moved over to the UHF frequency yet as it was quiet on the last high pass over UK at 08:40 UTC and I was the only station on having missed the earlier passes which are early in mornings over here and still in darkness. http://www.ariss.net
    The TH-D74 looks to be a very nice upgrade from the TH-D72 I have here and might take the plunge near Christmas to myself. I use to work both the ISS and PSAT quite easily with TH-D72 HT into 2mtr 5/8 wave telescopic antenna whilst walking but will now have to get some sort of pointing antenna. The Elk log periodic is about the only available handheld antenna from Amsat UK this side of the pond and it appears to do a good job from what you say.

    20161106101822 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAR,G7HCE-10:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161106101717 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10:Hello To All via SAT 73' David in Exeter
    20161106101546 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10::NWS :ISS APRS Packet Digipeater now on 437.550 FM
    20161106101517 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10:=5042.86N/00329.10W-SGATE Exeter/UK IO80gr via ISS 437.550-Mhz {UISS54}
    20161106101422 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAR,G7HCE-10:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161106100220 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAS,K8YSE-4:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161106100139 : KC5ILO-5]S3SU6S,RS0ISS*,qAS,K8YSE-4:`{[}l"v/]"5?}
    20161106100021 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAS,K8YSE-4:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161106095820 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAS,K8YSE-4:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161106095620 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAS,K8YSE-4:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161106095420 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAS,K8YSE-4:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161106084215 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAR,G7HCE-10:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161106083844 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10::NWS :ISS APRS Packet Digipeater now on 437.550 FM
    20161106083825 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10:Hello To All via ISS 73' David in Exeter
    20161106083818 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10:=5042.86N/00329.10W-SGATE Exeter/UK IO80gr via ISS 437.550-Mhz {UISS54}
    20161106083814 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAR,G7HCE-10:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161106075211 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAR,ZL4JL-6:]ARISS - International Space Station

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 6 days ago

    I saw a german DK station digipeated around 0700-0715 utc

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 6 days ago

    I was the only station using the packet digipeater again this mornings high pass over UK 08:40 UTC.

    20161106083844 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10::NWS :ISS APRS Packet Digipeater now on 437.550 FM
    20161106083825 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10:Hello To All via ISS 73' David in Exeter
    20161106083818 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10:=5042.86N/00329.10W-SGATE Exeter/UK IO80gr via ISS 437.550-Mhz {UISS54}
    20161106083814 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAR,G7HCE-10:]ARISS - International Space Station

  • ISS Radio Report   28 weeks 6 days ago

    Seems like the gateways have stayed at 145.850 MHz here in Northen europe, none of the recieved stations at my place was shown 73

  • ISS Radio Report   29 weeks 1 hour ago

    Hi!

    Thanks for posting that listing of packets from yesterday. It looks like more gateways are setting up on 437.550 MHz. I don't know if this means they aren't also listening to 145.825 MHz, but for now I think the UHF frequency is the place to be if these gateways can only monitor one frequency. NO-84's 145.825 MHz digipeater is rarely on, and NO-44 is a tough one to hear unless it is getting a lot of sunlight to power it up.

    I have worked two early morning passes this week, plus a pass in the past hour (midday here in Arizona). I definitely see how the trees around my house make UHF operation tough. When I am pointing away from the trees that cover the lower elevations to my north, the 437.550 MHz downlink is easy to hear with my TH-D74A HT and Elk log periodic antenna. I would expect those using omnidirectional antennas would have a harder time as you mentioned, with this change to UHF operation.

    For the pass I just worked (around 1852 UTC Saturday, 5 October - 11.52am local time in Arizona), three different gateway stations - two in Arizona, and one in California - were picking up traffic from the 437.550 MHz digipeater. The first gateway, KK6RKY in California, picked up one of my beacons about 3 minutes after my AOS. KE7JGM-6 and K8YSE-4 in Arizona covered most of the rest of the pass. Being able to look at ariss.net after ISS passes had been useful with the 145.825 MHz digipeater, and it is nice that there are some gateways that will make ariss.net just as useful with the 437.550 MHz digipeater.

    73!

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

  • ISS Radio Report   29 weeks 16 hours ago

    sri Day and Time

    2016-11-5 03:29 UTC

  • ISS Radio Report   29 weeks 1 day ago

    Not so easy to gate traffic with weaker signal on 437.550 FM UHF using just an Omni few stations only shown since digipeater moved over to 70cms 2 days ago http://www.ariss.net

    20161104102214 : M0GIW]USSVYZ,RS0ISS*,WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2,qAR,G7HCE-10:'vV2l -/]
    20161104102207 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10::HEARDlast:M0GIW{UISS54}
    20161104102155 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10::NWS :ISS APRS Packet Digipeater now on 437.550 FM
    20161104102136 : M0GIW]USSVYZ,RS0ISS*,WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2,qAR,G7HCE-10:'vV2l -/]
    20161104101227 : NY2M-6]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,K0KOC-7:=4036.70N/07410.05W-73' Via Satellite {UISS54}
    20161104085431 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAR,ON4ISS-6:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161104085231 : RS0ISS]CQ,qAR,ON4ISS-6:]ARISS - International Space Station
    20161104085040 : ON7BRT]5Q0SS5,RS0ISS*,RS0ISS,PCSAT,APRSAT,PSAT,YBSAT,ARISS,W3ADO-1,qAR,G7HCE-10:`yHol y/`ON7BRT ON7BRT@skynet.be_"
    20161104084928 : G7HCE]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,G7HCE-10:=5042.86N/00329.10W-SGATE Exeter/UK IO80gr via ISS {UISS54}

    Many thanks to the ARISS Team for keeping the packet digipeater operational 73's David G7HCE

  • ISS Radio Report 41963   29 weeks 3 days ago

    What station?

  • Any word on the repair of the Packet Digipeater?   29 weeks 4 days ago

    Due to the failure of the VHF radio in the Columbus module the packet system on 145.825 is not possible. The crew just swapped the radio for the UHF equivalent and packet is now operational on 437.550 MHz.

    The Kenwood D700 radios were augmented a couple years ago by a Kenwood D710E radio that was dedicated to SSTV operations. The Russian team soon afterwards adopted the D710E as their only operational radio but it was never configured for packet operations.

    The ARISS team is working on flying replacement D710GA models to replace and unify all the hardware. Target for delivery is late 2017.

  • ISS Packet Radio not heard..Oct 15, 2016   29 weeks 5 days ago

    PSAT (NO-84) still transmits APRS beacons while it's currently turned off and is on the same 145.825 frequency and sometimes heard as it overlaps the ISS footprint with a weaker signal.

  • ISS Packet Radio not heard..Oct 15, 2016   30 weeks 1 day ago

    today 10/28/2016 while at nearly right over head pass 409 pm central time ) Lincoln nebraska, i heard on 145.825 a dips in the static level, but that could be local interference..

  • How can my scanner pickup a ISS signal ?   30 weeks 4 days ago

    Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate the suggestions. Now I just need to merge this account with that post. Can an Administrator help me?

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