Date : 14 / 07 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) international team is to transmit a set of 12 pre-selected SSTV images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the past 20 years. Shane Lynd VK4KHZ the Australian ARISS Coordinator says the event will start on Thursday, July 20 around 2125 UTC. That should allow time to be ready for the transmissions.
The images gathered worldwide are expected to depict school based events, ARISS equipment, ground station operators and astronauts or cosmonauts. Shane VK4KHZ said for anyone interested in receiving the SSTV images the equipment required is relatively basic. The most popular SSTV software seems to be MMSSTV, and the mode will be PD120 (PD180 may be a second option) on 145.800 FM using the high powered Kenwood transceiver.
For those wanting to inspire young people the two-day event affords the capture of images directly from space to home computers. It should cover most of the world with the signal expected to be very strong and easy to receive, even with modest antennas such as an omnidirectional vertical or dipole antenna. SSTV images received can posted on a blogspot for the public to view.
Access the BlogSpot here.
Please note that any ARISS event depends on ISS crew availability and are subject to change.