Photo by @helenleigh
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Matthew, who shares the following tweet from Helen Leigh:
This sculpture at the Tate Modern blew my mind this week. It’s a wire sculpture inspired by the International Space Station that functions as an antenna for a ham radio.
Photo by @helenleigh
Twice a day it plays live audio and data transmissions from the ISS as it passes overhead.
Click here to view on Twitter.
Fascinating! Goes to show that the Tate Modern is always chock-full of amazing discoveries. Thank you for sharing this, Matthew!
(Source: ARRL News)
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has scheduled a slow-scan television (SSTV) event to begin on Saturday, October 27, at about 1000 UTC. NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Department will support the event. SCaN manages NASA’s three most important communications networks — The Space Network (SN), Near-Earth Network (NEN), and the Deep Space Network (DSN). Participants in the SSTV event can qualify for a special endorsement for NASA on the Air (NOTA), celebrating the space agency’s 60th anniversary.
As during past ARISS SSTV events, 12 images will be transmitted. Six will feature SCaN educational activities, while the other six images will commemorate major NASA anniversaries, including the establishment of NASA and the moon landing. Transmissions are expected to take place on 145.800 MHz using PD-120 SSTV mode. Received images can be posted and viewed online. The event is dependent on other ISS activities, schedules, and crew responsibilities, and the schedule is subject to change at any time.
More information be posted to the AMSAT and ARISS websites as well as to the ARISS-BB, to the ARISS Facebook page, and via Twitter (@ARISS_status).
Click here to read the full article at the ARRL News.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Lilian Putin?, who writes:
Greetings, my name is Lilian Putina and I am from Moldova. I’ve been following your blog for a long time, with the help of it I’ve purchased a short wave radio, SDR, and WRTH almanac.
I take everything a little bit: shortwave, FM DX, weather images from meteorological satellites, decoding of NAVTEX, WSPR and FT-8 etc.
I’m sending you two SSTV images received from ISS on June 30, 2018.
Many thanks, Lilian! I’m also very pleased that you’re enjoying all aspects of radio–to me, that’s what makes this all so very fun!
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Al Holt, who shares the decoded SSTV image above via Twitter and notes:
A two-fer, excellent!! Here’s what I caught during its pass over Florida @ ~0914z, a 3-star pass. Had my HT on freq. but dropped it on the floor and got a burp which produced the break in the upper 1/3 of the image…Doh! -73
Ha ha! Thanks for sharing, Al! Based on such a short gap in the image, you must have recovered that HT rather quickly!
Post readers: Has anyone else decoded SSTV during an ISS pass?
(Source: Southgate ARC)
Possible ISS SSTV on Wednesday
The latest ARISS schedule notes that the 145.800 MHz FM Slow Scan Television on the International Space Station may be tested on April 25
The callsign to be used will be RS0ISS and the SSTV test will be with Kursk in Russia and is expected to start at 0835 UT on April 25.
ARISS schedule as at April 23
When in range these WebSDRs can be used to receive the ISS on 145.800 MHz FM world-wide
– Farnham near London http://farnham-sdr.com/
– Russia R4UAB http://websdr.r4uab.ru/
ISS SSTV https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/
Click here to view at the Southgate ARC.
(Source: ARRL via Eric McFadden, WD8RIF)
Space Station’s Slow-Scan Television System to be Active in April
The Amateur Radio Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) system on the International Space Station (ISS) is expected to be active in April on 145.800 MHz (FM). The Russian segment’s MAI 75 SSTV has announced transmissions on Monday, April 2, 1505 – 1830 UTC, and on Tuesday, April 3, 1415 – 1840 UTC.
“Reviewing the crew schedule, the SSTV activity, which uses Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) radios, was coordinated around ARISS school contacts and is listed for April 2 and April 3,” said NASA ISS Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO.
The SSTV system, which uses the call sign RS0ISS, is also expected to be active from April 11 – 14 worldwide to mark Cosmonautics Day in Russia on April 12. Specific transmission times are not yet available. Images on all dates will be related to the Soviet Union’s Interkosmos cooperative space ventures project.
SSTV images will be transmitted in PD-120 format on 145.800 MHz (FM) using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Russian Service Module. ISS transmissions use the 5-kHz deviation FM standard. It’s possible to receive SSTV transmissions with only a handheld transceiver and appropriate SSTV software[…]
Click here to read the full article on the ARRL website.