SSTV transmissions from the ISS

International Space Station - Image Credit NASA

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

The Russian ARISS team members plan to activate SSTV from the International Space Station on Thursday, December 18 and Saturday, December 20, 2014 .

ISS SSTV received by Jan van Gils PE0SAT Sept 26. 2014 at 14:02 GMT

ISS SSTV received by Jan van Gils PE0SAT Sept 26. 2014 at 14:02 GMT

Expected SSTV mode will be PD180 on 145.800 MHz with 3 minute off periods between transmissions. A total of 12 different photos will be sent during the operational period.

The transmission will be mode using the Kenwood D710 transceiver located in the Russian Service Module. It is thought the equipment will be producing about 5 watts output which should provide a very strong signal.

Start time would be around 14:20 UT on December 18 and 12:40 UT on December 20. The transmissions should terminate around 21:30 UT each day.

SpaceX was launching to the ISS this week and any delays could change SSTV operational times.

All you need to do to receive SSTV pictures direct from the space station is to connect the audio output of a scanner or amateur radio transceiver via a simple interface to the soundcard on a Windows PC or an Apple iOS device, and tune in to 145.800 MHz FM. You can even receive pictures by holding an iPhone next to the radio’s loudspeaker.

ISS SSTV received by Fabiano Moser CT7ABD on Sept 6, 2014 at 0910 GMT

ISS SSTV received by Fabiano Moser CT7ABD on Sept 6, 2014 at 0910 GMT

The ISS puts out a strong signal on 145.800 MHz FM and a 2m handheld with a 1/4 wave antenna will be enough to receive it. The FM transmission uses the 5 kHz deviation which is standard in much of the world.

Many FM rigs in the UK can be switched been wide and narrow deviation FM filters. For best results you should select the wider deviation filters. Handhelds all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as standard.

On Windows PC’s the free application MMSSTV can be used to decode the signal, on Apple iOS devices you can use the SSTV app. The ISS Fan Club website will show you when the space station is in range.

You can receive the SSTV transmissions online using the SUWS WebSDR remote receiver located near London along with the MMSSTV software In the days before the SSTV starts why not practice listening to the ISS packet radio transmissions on 145.825 MHz FM.

For more on Slow Scan Television SSTV, see this article SSTV – The Basics

How to be successful with the ISS Slow Scan Television (SSTV) imaging system

Free MMSSTV Slow Scan TV software


IZ8BLY Vox Recoder, enables you to record the signals from the ISS on 145.800 MHz while you’re away at work

ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) Blog and Gallery

Information on the MAI-75 SSTV experiment

Video showing reception of SSTV using the FUNcube Dongle Pro SDR and SDR-RADIO going into Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) then to MMSSTV software

ISS SSTV received online with SUWS WebSDR

PocketQubes in SatMagazine

SatMagazine December 2014 PocketQube page 114The December 2014 edition of the free publication SatMagazine features an article on page 114 about PocketQubes by Tom Walkinshaw, Chief Executive Officer of the the Glasgow-based start-up PocketQube Shop.

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PocketQube Shop featured in The Guardian newspaper

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Polish radio amateurs two million km record

ARTSAT2:DESPATCH received at 2,316,759 km December 8, 2014

ARTSAT2:DESPATCH was received at 2,316,759 km on December 8, 2014

On December 8, 2014 Michal Zawada SQ5KTM reported – We have made a new record! Now we are listening [to] ARTSAT2:DESPATCH from deep space distance 2,316,759 km = 7.7 light seconds away!  Our great crew: SP5ULN [Piotr], SP5MG [Piotr], SQ5RWU [Lukasz], SQ5KTM [Michal], SQ7GMO [Arek], SQ5AAG [Jacek], Sebastian P. and PIAP Team

On December  6 the group received ARTSAT2:DESPATCH at 1,502,851 km

On December 6 the group received ARTSAT2:DESPATCH at 1,502,851 km

On December 7 the same group of radio amateurs also received the 437.385 MHz amateur radio signal from the Shin’en2 spacecraft at a distance of 1,511,246 km.

Shin’en2 437.385 MHz


DESPATCH reception reports are summarized at:

Ham radio spacecraft launched into deep space

Shin'en2 on left - ARTSAT2:DESPATCH on right

Shin’en2 on left – ARTSAT2:DESPATCH on right

Amateur radio spacecraft received over 1 million km from Earth


ARTSAT2:DESPATCH signal received at a distance of 1,104,854 km on December 5, 2014

Michal Zawada SQ5KTM reports receiving signals from both the ARTSAT2:DESPATCH and Shin’en2 spacecraft on Friday evening, December 5 at a distance of around 1,100,000 km from Earth. The ham radio group comprising SP5ULN, SP5MG, SQ5RWU, SQ5KTM, SP5XMU and the PIAP Team also received the spacecraft Shin’en2 on Saturday evening GMT at a distance of 1,511,246 km.

Akihiro Kubota of the ARTSAT project reports:

DESPATCH reception reports we’ve received are summarized:

We received 33 reports from 7 countries, Japan, Czech Republic, Russia, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, and Buenos Aires.
Thank you very much for your cooperation. We’re waiting for further reports from you!
The transmission of will last about for more 10 days (until 5,500,000 km).

※ If you cannot find your name in spite your reception, please contact→
※※ Updated at 10:00 (JST) December 7, 2014

Ham radio spacecraft launched into deep space

Shin'en2 signal received at 1,511,246 km on December 6, 2014

Shin’en2 signal received at a distance of 1,511,246 km on December 6, 2014

Ofcom Amateur Radio Licence Statement

Ofcom-logo-col-tOfcom has published a decision to update the terms and conditions of the amateur radio licence.  This follows a consultation published in September.

These include changes which would provide amateurs with access to some frequency bands previously available only through the variation of individual licences.

The decision is further to changes announced in our April statement on Public Sector Spectrum Release. In that statement, we set out a decision to remove access for amateur radio operators to certain frequencies in the 2300 MHz and 3400 MHz ranges in order to support the release of these bands by the Ministry of Defence.

This document is likely to be of interest to individuals authorised to use the radio spectrum in the UK for the purposes of amateur radio activities.

Ofcom Statement

PDF which includes new sample licence

Comment regarding Ofcom’s proposed change for the 75875-76000 MHz Amateur Satellite allocation

The RSGB has opened a forum to discuss guidance to accompany the licence. Anyone, RSGB member or not, can contribute to the discussion on the forum which is at

RSGB Youth Committee Seek Input

Chair of RSGB Youth Committee Mike Jones 2E0MLJ

Chair of RSGB Youth Committee Mike Jones 2E0MLJ

The new Chair of the RSGB Youth Committee Mike Jones 2E0MLJ seeks your opinions on some things that are planned for the forthcoming year.

The topics covered are:

• Youngsters on the Air 2015 DX (YOTA)
• Youngsters on the Air 2015 UK
• 2015 Isle of Man DXpedition – Note this is hoped to include Amateur Satellite operation

Read Mike’s message at

Ham radio spacecraft launched into deep space

ARTSAT2-DESPATCH signal received

ARTSAT2-DESPATCH signal received

The amateur radio spacecraft Shin’en2 JG6YIG and ARTSAT2:DESPATCH JQ1ZNN were successfully launched on their journey to deep space at 04:22:04 UT on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 and signals from both spacecraft have been received.

ARTSAT2 DESPATCH  Deep Space Sculpture

ARTSAT2 DESPATCH Deep Space Sculpture

They were on the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 (H-IIA F26) which also carried the asteroid explorer “Hayabusa2″.

The two amateur radio spacecraft will have an elliptic orbit around the Sun and travel to a deep space orbit between Venus and Mars. The inclination will be almost zero, which means the spacecraft should stay in the Earth’s equatorial plane. The distance from the Sun will be between 0.7 and 1.3 AU. An Astronomical Unit (AU) is 149,597,871 km.

Shin'en 2

Shin’en 2

ARTSAT2:DESPATCH has a 7 watt CW transmitter on 437.325 MHz and is also the first 3D printed sculpture to be carried into deep space.

Shin’en2 has a CW beacon on 437.505 MHz (0.1 watt) and telemetry on 437.385 MHz (0.8 watt) using a mode which Seiji JH6RTO describes as similar to WSJT but not the same.

The Shin’en2 English language Ground Station page mentions WSJT but the equivalent Japanese language page does not.

The Shin’en2 site indicates there is also a F1D digital transponder with an uplink of 145.942 MHz with 435.270 MHz (0.4 watt) downlink.


Shin’en2 spacecraft prediction App


ARTSAT2:DESPATCH spacecraft prediction App

Report reception of ARTSAT2DESPATCH at

ARRL story 

Ham radio launches to deep space

Japanese asteroid mission to carry amateur radio

Shin'en2 on left - ARTSAT2:DESPATCH on right

Shin’en2 on left – ARTSAT2:DESPATCH on right

HAMSAT II – Dhruva Space and AMSAT India

Signing of memorandum of understanding for HAMSAT II - Credit AMSAT India

Signing of memorandum of understanding for HAMSAT II – Credit AMSAT India

The Economic Times report Dhruva Space, a two-year-old start-up co-founded by space technologist and ham radio operator Sanjay Nekkanti VU3ISS/AB3OE, sealed a deal with AMSAT India on November 30, 2014 to develop HAMSAT II.


HAMSAT I – VO-52 – was a very popular amateur radio satellite

It will be the successor to HAMSAT VO-52 which went silent on July 11, 2014 due to the failure of the on-board lithium ion batteries. HAMSAT provided a valuable communications resource for the amateur radio community for over 9 years.

Dhruva’s satellites are expected to be launched on ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Nekkanti said his team is working closely with the space organization for design approvals and testing of the satellite.

The AMSAT India Secretary Nitin Muttin, VU3TYG has released this statement:

We are pleased to announce that AMSAT India and Dhruva Space Pvt. Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 30th 2014 to pursue the development of a follow up mission to HAMSAT launched in 2005 on-board the PSLV-C6. HAMSAT II is envisioned to fill the gap created by the recent end of life of HAMSAT and shall continue servicing the societal needs in disaster management, amateur/emergency radio communications and education.

Some of the contemplated payloads for HAMSAT II include:
• U/V Analog FM Transponder
• U/V Linear Transponder, 50 kHz
• APRS Digipeater
• Digitalker

Read The Economic Times article at


Thanks to Dinesh, AB3DC for the above information.

COSMOS-2491 RS-46

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB reports that the COSMOS-2491 satellite carries RS-46 operating on 435.465 MHz and 435.565 MHz (+/- Doppler).

The satellite was launched on December 25, 2013 and is in a 1,515.8 km by 1,489.1 km 82.5 degree inclination orbit.

Watch COSMOS-2491/RS-46 (R4UAB)

Track COSMOS-2491 / RS-46 at

Listen for RS-46 online with the SUWS WebSDR located near London

COSMOS-2499 Callsign RS-47 !

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB
Web in Google English

ARISS Officers for 2015-16

ARISS 2015-2016 Officers (L-R) ARISS Vice-Chair Oliver Amend, DG6BCE; ARISS Secretary-Treasurer Rosalie White, K1STO, and ARISS Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO

ARISS 2015-2016 Officers (L-R) ARISS Vice-Chair Oliver Amend, DG6BCE; ARISS Secretary-Treasurer Rosalie White, K1STO, and ARISS Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO – Credit ARISS

The ARRL report the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) organization is continuing to explore the possibility of establishing a network of ground stations to enable the use of the Ham TV video system during ARISS school contacts.

ARISS LogoMark Steiner, K3MS, updated the ARISS International team on the topic during its November meeting, conducted by teleconference. Kerry Banke, N6IZW, who works on ARISS hardware issues, reported that a document under development will describe just what is required to build a ground station.

He and ARISS International Project Selection & Use Committee representative Lou McFadin, W5DID, have successfully received Ham TV transmissions.

The officers elected for new 2-year terms starting on January 1, 2015 were ARISS Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO; ARISS Vice-Chair Oliver Amend, DG6BCE, and ARISS Secretary-Treasurer Rosalie White, K1STO.

Read the full ARRL story at

Read the minutes from the ARISS International November 18 meeting at

Previous ARISS International meeting minutes