ISS Monday night

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ISS Monday night

Post by VK4KHZ » Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:41 pm

The following scheduled ARISS voice contact should be audible over Eastern Australia tomorrow night from 9:21 UTC on 145.800 FM.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule:

Scuola Media Statale “G. Marconi”, Soleto, Lecce, Italy, telebridge via VK4KHZ The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH Contact is go for: Mon 2015-11-23 09:20:40 UTC 87 deg Watch for live stream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkFhGc2nes4 (***)

This pass will also be visible in many parts of Eastern Australia.
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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK4WDM » Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:07 pm

HI Shane

I will be listening.

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK3ZTE » Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:07 pm

At the risk if demonstrating I know nothing about space comms: what direction should I beam (or would I be better off with my little halo?) and how big a signal can be expected?

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK4WDM » Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:29 pm

If you register with this site, enter your coords and then click on "ISS" it gives you the time, direction and angle above the horizon for the pass.
http://www.heavens-above.com/

Can't help with expected signal strength, I have never heard them.

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK3ZTE » Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:56 pm

Many thanks Wayne - sorted (I think). Cheers Grant VK3ZTE

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK4WDM » Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:49 pm

Hi Grant

I am a space communication virgin. I have three satellite compatible radios but have never even heard a satellite much less worked through one. I can't seem to get my act together and sort out the technology - I need somebody to come into my shack and steer me through the process.

Using the Heavens Above site I have managed to see the ISS on visible passes and always listen just in case. Perhaps this will be the night when we hear them.

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK4TS » Mon Nov 23, 2015 6:51 pm

Thanks Shane for posting this up -

I have shared with some enthusiastic "future hams" - definitely the sort of thing that can inspire the masses....

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK4WDM » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:28 pm

Loud and clear here 59+ in Townsville :D Dropped out at 09:28z. My first reception from space, thank you Shane :clap:

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK3ZTE » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:30 pm

Well done Wayne. Nothing heard here though. I have to figure out what went wrong. Fairly quiet 2m front end, decent communications with proper FM discriminator, more than! 10dB of ant gain pointed in the right direction as far as I can tell but horizontally polarised! Did anyone else have success? Grant VK3ZTE

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Post by VK2JDS » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:36 pm

Good signal here with just a quarterwave whip on the side of one of the masts on the house roof and alinco dual bander bolted under the kitchen shelf
It was dropping in and out towards the end of the pass. You need an omni antenna , there is plenty of signal from them
Well spoken fellow on the mic from up there.
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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK5EI » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:37 pm

Good solid signal received in Adelaide. Hope all went well with the telebridge Shane.

Well done :clap: :clap:

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK4ADC » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:39 pm

Heard here just SW of Brisbane by myself on a handheld and also by Nick VK4FNDG on a FM base/mobile at his home.
If nothing else, I found out that the astronauts use sleeping bags and are going to offload a pile of rubbish shortly to be taken back to earth.

Thanks for the heads-up.

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK4KHZ » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:39 pm

Well tonight's contact was hard work. The audio from the school was difficult to process and understand with lots of echo however the signal from the ISS was very strong.

Wayne, I am pleased you heard the Astronaut!

The radio used on the ISS was the Ericson Hand Held which is a 4 or 5 watt radio.

The local radio announcer from ZINC FM was also tied into the contact so hopefully the ARISS program will get some positive publicity.

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK3ZTE » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:58 pm

Embarrassing - was tuned 1MHz low - ouch! Well done everyone else. Grant

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK4KHZ » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:03 pm

Oh...ZTE that will do it!
Maybe next time.

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Re: ISS Monday night

Post by VK4ALF » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:16 pm

Great copy from the SW .I was on a hill waiting for the 23cm night and helped pass the time . Audio was really clear and the 817 made it easy ot follow dopler

Thanks for alerting us to the activity
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