The Russian ARISS team on the International Space Station started the Slow Scan TV (SSTV) experiment, using the call sign RS0ISS, on 145.800 MHz FM at 1000 UT on Saturday, January 31.
Initially there was an issue with the transmissions, Paulo PV8DX in Brazil reported that the 1030 UT pass had a strong carrier but no there was no SSTV audio. As expected there was the 3 min transmission gap between what should have been SSTV transmissions.
The issue was resolved late afternoon and radio amateurs around the world were able to receive the SSTV pictures.
In New Zealand Murray Hely ZL3MH received several good pictures. He used a J Pole antenna with a masthead pre-Amp and a 1970’s FDK Multi 2000 transceiver. Murray has two computers one running the Instant Trak software and the other MMSSTV.
The transmissions are expected to continue until 2130 UT on Sunday, February 1.
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Raul LU5AG reports: This morning [Feb 1] during the ISS 1120 UT pass over Buenos Aires, Argentina, this interesting image was received.
During the pass, and together with the SSTV audio, a soft, treble lacking female voice, was heard from time to time repeating a cyclic voice message I cannot understand, perhaps in Russian.
This audio was low, several dB below the SSTV audio. This voice message has some minor impact in the image quality that can be seen below the “RS0ISS” letters and about middle of the picture.