Have you successfully contacted the ISS using only a HT?

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Total votes: 83
N5VHO – Tue, 2006 – 11 – 21 10:23

ISS with HT

My 1st contact with HT was in 2002 with Valery Korzum RS0ISS, using a old FT-208R with 2W and a vertical antenna, after I pass to a litle Yagi (3 elements), talk by some minutes, alone after pass of South of Brazil QRM.

In the 2nd contact, from PY0S St Peter and Paul Island in 2006, January 18th, I was use a FT-209R with only 100 mW and a 4 elements Yagi. I can talk with Bill NA1SS by 5 minutes or more, since I was so distant as 1000 km from any others stations.

I never can contact ISS with a Base Station.

Submitted by PS7JN on Wed, 2006-11-29 01:57.

Contact with ISS APRS using HT

I have worked the ISS APRS digipeater using a variety of antennas, stock antenna on my D7, hand held beam, TV twin lead J-pole and mobile whips with up to 5 watts input. I backpack in remote areas and having the ISS fly overhead a couple times a day allowed me to plot my position and work other APRS stations.


Submitted by BitPlayer on Mon, 2006-11-27 23:24.

ISS Contact with HT

Quite a few connects using the Kenwood TH-D7A[G] on Packet APRS.

Submitted by K0HZI on Thu, 2006-11-23 19:31.

When Bill McArthur was

When Bill McArthur was onboard, I attempted to make a contact dozens of times using an Icom IC-T90A handheld at 5 watts using a handheld Arrow antenna. I never had any success, even on direct overhead passes when I could hear him talking to other stations in the area. I worked lots of other satellites successfully with the same setup, but I never managed to talk to Bill. I guess he was just too popular! :-) Maybe now that Mikhail has been on the radio a little bit in the past few days, I'll have another chance to try. I have never attempted an APRS contact; it just doesn't interest me.

Submitted by KI4MRU on Thu, 2006-11-23 14:15.

HT Contact

All of my contacts have been Packet APRS with my Icom isw32a HT , or Radio Shack HTX 202 and had a few Repeater comtacts with the Icom , but was not easy becouse of the Freq Shift is hard to get close enough on freq , and made 2 very pore voice to the crew , all contacts were with eather stk antenna or home brew yagi whitch I can get ISS from Horizon to Horizon with the 5 watts on APRS and also Repeater if I get the freq shift correct .Tha hardest part with the HT is the Dopler shift , my radio only does 5kc's I wish there was a way to change freqs by at least 2 kc's then it would be easyer,,

Submitted by K6MOX on Thu, 2006-11-23 12:13.

2 Commander NA1SS,RS0ISS

I'am made voice contacts from Bangkok,Thailand My first contact ISS-Expedition 11 RS0ISS Commander Sergei Krikalov U5MIR and ISS-Expedition 12 NA1SS Commander Mr. "Bill" McArthur" I' am also done packet BBS ,APRS,PCSAT-2 via the ISS using a Yaesu FT-2800M antenna. yagi 5 el


Submitted by HS2WAQ on Thu, 2006-11-23 03:56.

Not a HT

Submitted by N5VHO on Thu, 2006-11-23 11:06.

sorry Kenneth some time

sorry Kenneth some time I' am made hand held radio ICOM IC- 2GXET- T 5 watt via APRS

Submitted by HS2WAQ on Thu, 2006-11-23 16:03.

Succes Contact

I made contact from my QTH in Valdivia to Santiago (800 km away) via ISS Repeater in the last Field Day. I just had my HT. It's a Yaesu VX-2 and no special antena, just the small one. Good signal and nice report from other stations.

ISS crossband repeater works very good. I think it'd be on the air again for long time.

Best 73' s for all.

Submitted by XQ7UP on Tue, 2006-11-21 15:10.

3 ISS voice QSOs, all with IC-T7H HT


I made all 3 of my ISS voice contacts with just an HT, the Icom IC-T7H. My first contact in December 2005 was done with a Maldol AH-510R 6m/2m/70cm telescoping whip antenna (similar to the ANLI/Premier AL-800 whip, but IMO sturdier), and my other 2 contacts in March 2006 were with an Arrow Antennas 2m/70cm handheld Yagi. All at 5W. For all of these contacts, I was standing outside my office in the center of Phoenix, Arizona [grid DM33xl].


Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Phoenix, Arizona USA

Submitted by WD9EWK on Tue, 2006-11-21 12:29.

Arrow and AL-800

I have had voice contacts with the crew using a Kenwood D7 and an arrow antenna but I have also worked the ISS using and Icom 2GAT and an ANLI AL-800 whip antenna. I have also done packet via the ISS using the D7 and stock antenna.

Kenneth - N5VHO

Submitted by N5VHO on Tue, 2006-11-21 10:31.

Have used as little as 0.5 watts

IC-T2H (6 watts) into Arrow antenna (3 el.) for a voice contact w/ NA1SS (Bill McArthur). That was in the middle of the day on a weekday and there was little competition.

DJ-S40 (0.5 watts) into Arrow antenna (7 el.) will get me into the crossband repeater when ISS is above about 40 degrees, and there is no competition.

I have yet to set up for packet radio.

Zach KM7I

Submitted by KM7I on Tue, 2006-11-21 20:53.

Used 5 watts

I made my contact with NA1SS (Bill McArthurO using a Yaesu FT-50r and an arrow handheld yagi. The pass was a low one and was in the middle of the day as well.

Submitted by KB3NDS on Wed, 2006-11-22 19:45.

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