Spring VHF Sprint

Setting up for a pleasant spring evening for the  70 cm VHF Spring Sprint. I bagged 16 points, which isn’t too shabby considering I used a magmount antenna stuck to a mixing bowl for the contest (it’s on the top of the patio umbrella). Most of my contacts were on SSB, which was cool because this was my first time using that mode on 70 cm.

Operating Position for Spring VHF sprint

April ISS SSTV event

For the ISS SSTV Event (which was irritatingly not on the ARISS page this time) I only managed to snag one decode (see below).It’s not too bad a decode for just aiming the antenna on the trunk of my car at the approximate angle of the pass and recording the audio coming out of the speaker with my phone. I decoded the audio later using MMSSTV. Hopefully next time I’ll have a better setup.

December ISS SSTV event

The December SSTV Event from the Russian MAI-75 experiment in the International Space Station was not nearly as successful for me as my previous attempt, but I did manage  to snag a few decodes.

I used a Signalink this time instead of the generic $3 USB sound card I used last time, and despite some pretty awful QRM I was still happy with the results.

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SSTV from Spaaaacccce

As part of the 20th anniversary of amateur radio on the International Space Station (ISS) the crew broadcast a series of Slow Scan Television (SSTV) images from the Russian crew module. After several failed attempts (mostly due to my laptop’s sound card sucking) I managed to receive and decode this image:

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