Over the Christmas period the ISS was transmitting SSTV images. The images were sent using amateur radio equipment installed in the Station.
My equipment this time was my new FT857D and a 2m/70cm beam. In the past I have had to use my FT8800 and an x30 Colinear but now I’m at the new house I have the beam up which made reception at the lower elevation al lot better.
Images are sent using the PD120 Mode and can be decoded using the MMSSTV software which I have explained in detail in one of my education pages here.
So this time round the ISS passes were in the early morning with the first being around 02:30 and the last being around 09:00. For the first couple of mornings I didn’t get up but left the machine running and the radio on just listening on the colinear. This didn’t get very good results so on the third morning I got up myself and used the beam and frequency tracking on the FT857D. This achieved a lot better results being able to receive cleaner images all the way down to LOS when the ISS went below the horizon.
By not getting images for all 5 days i didn’t manage to collect all 12 images but did get more then half.
As you can see above the subject this time for the images was the history and future plans of lunar exploration.
Once the event was over I submitted my images to receive my certificates.
I look forward to the next SSTV event. But receiving these images rekindled my interest in working satellites and I spend the rest of the last day trying different satellites and now with the FT857D I was experimenting with the SSB sats too.