50 Students of Rajkot India enjoyed SSTV Live Demo during Visible pass of ISS

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  1. VU2EXP

    VU2EXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    To spread awareness of Amateur Radio, Satellites & ARISS activities in the region we conducted interesting event recently.

    On 12th April 2019 we openly invited students & citizen of Rajkot - Gujarat (India) to be present & witness SSTV Live Demonstration, that too during Visible pass of ISS from terrace of my home.

    Sstv live demo 2.jpg

    More than 50 students & citizens assembled to my QTH by 18:30 IST (13:00z). We gave printed ISS tracking chart/ISS crew details to all of them, and explained how to use chart.

    Final ISS SSTV Chart .jpg

    Myself Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP gave brief talk on Amateur Radio, ISS, OSCAR Satellites, Life of Astronauts, ARISS SSTV event, Student Outreach Program etc for one hour. Small display of radio stuff were also kept. Everybody get excited to learn such new things (for them) happening in Ham Radio world.

    SSTV Demo at Rajkot.jpg

    Good Visible ISS Pass of -3.0 magnitude with elevation of 36° was targeted for Live Demo, calculated for my Grid ML52jh.

    With my 3 ele Yagi, VHF HT & recording device we started to track ISS at 19:27 IST (13:57z). Within a minute ISS started to appear from NNW direction moving towards SE. Students were requested to control their excitement & to keep silence as we were also recording audio. Soon sstv signal also get heard on 145.800 MHz. SSTV signal for two images were received & recorded.

    It was exciting experience for all to sighting ISS at the same time getting signals from it, felt like having handshake with ISS crew! After pass, we amplified weak audio in Audacity & decoded two images (though bit noisy) with MMSSTV. Decoded Images were shared with all students as souvenir. It proved great learning experience for all. Had lots of Q&A till late and enjoyed light refreshments at end of the program.

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    As everything was arranged at our home I need to thanks my XYL Kiran, harmonic Snehal VU3WHO, brother Prakash VU3PLJ & nephew Priyesh VU3GLY for extending helping hands.

    ISS SSTV Live Demo by VU2EXP .jpg

    Btw, leading newspaper Divyabhakshar supported this radio experiment & published good articles (though in regional language Gujarati), pse find it's link below.

    http://tinyurl.com/iss-sstv-demo-news

    I am thankful to all hams and members of ARISS, AMSAT, ISS Crew, Space agencies, SSTV Award Manager etc involved in such a wonderful educational event offered to the world!

    Thanks & 73's
    Rajesh P Vagadia VU2EXP
    Rajkot - Gujarat (India)
    Regional Coordinator
    West India Zone
    AMSAT-INDIA
    M: 9898283916
    E: vu2exp@gmail.com
    www.qrz.com/db/
     
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  2. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    50 students of Rajkot India enjoyed SSTV live demo during visible pass of ISS
    To spread awareness of Amateur Radio, Satellites and ARISS activities in the region we conducted interesting event recently.

    On 12th April 2019 we openly invited students and citizen of Rajkot - Gujarat to be present and witness SSTV Live Demonstration, that too during Visible pass of ISS from terrace of my home.

    More than 50 students and citizens assembled to my QTH by 18:30 IST (13:00z). We gave printed ISS tracking chart/ISS crew details to all of them, and explained how to use chart.

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    Myself Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP gave brief talk on Amateur Radio, ISS, OSCAR Satellites, Life of Astronauts, ARISS SSTV event, Student Outreach Program etc for one hour. Small display of radio stuff were also kept. Everybody get excited to learn such new things (for them) happening in Ham Radio world.

    Good Visible ISS Pass of -3.0 magnitude with elevation of 36° was targeted for Live Demo, calculated for my Grid ML52jh.

    With my 3 ele Yagi, VHF HT & recording device we started to track ISS at 19:27 IST (13:57z). Within a minute ISS started to appear from NNW direction moving towards SE. Students were requested to control their excitement and to keep silence as we were also recording audio. Soon sstv signal also get heard on 145.800 MHz. SSTV signal for two images were received and recorded.

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    It was exciting experience for all to sighting ISS at the same time getting signals from it, felt like having handshake with ISS crew! After pass, we amplified weak audio in Audacity and decoded two images (though bit noisy) with MMSSTV. Decoded Images were shared with all students as souvenir. It proved great learning experience for all. Had lots of Q&A till late and enjoyed light refreshments at end of the program.

    As everything was arranged at our home I need to thanks my XYL Kiran, harmonic Snehal VU3WHO, brother Prakash VU3PLJ and nephew Priyesh VU3GLY for extending helping hands.

    Btw, leading newspaper Divyabhakshar supported this radio experiment & published good articles (though in regional language Gujarati), pse find it's link below.
    http://tinyurl.com/iss-sstv-demo-news

    I am thankful to all hams and members of ARISS, AMSAT, ISS Crew, Space agencies, SSTV Award Manager etc involved in such a wonderful educational event offered to the world!

    Thanks & 73's

    Rajesh P Vagadia VU2EXP
    Rajkot - Gujarat (India)
    Regional Coordinator
    West India Zone
    AMSAT-INDIA
    M: 9898283916
    E: vu2exp@gmail.com
    www.qrz.com/db/vu2exp


    http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2019/april/50-students-of-rajkot-india-enjoyed-sstv-live-demo.htm

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  3. KJ6ZOL

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    Cool! India is a future superpower IMO, and it's great to see anything there that opens kids' minds to STEM careers. I do think India needs to greatly simplify its amateur radio licensing process, I've read that new hams are required to undergo a govt security clearance which is just stupid and a relic law. India is the only country issuing HR tickets I know of to have such a law.
     
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  4. N4AAB

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    Congratulations on the SSTV QSO with the space station.
     
  5. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congratulations to Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP, Kiran, Snehal VU3WHO, Prakash VU3PLJ and Priyesh VU3GLY for this very successful outreach project.
    It is awesome to see a visible pass of the ISS, or other human spacecraft.
    To simultaneously receive SSTV images on 144 MHz, is very impressive!
     
  6. VU2USA

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    Congratulations. Good job.
     
  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Congratulations and thanks for the report! Very cool stuff

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  8. VU2DSI

    VU2DSI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Vu2EXP.You shall not stop doing this activity only in Rajkot, India. Please put all the info on vu ham group. Condiments & congratulations to you & all.
    73.
    DATTA
    VU2DSI
     
  9. AF5SB

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    Congratulations
     
  10. NA4RA

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    Job well done on the the copy of ISS SSTV. Keep up the great work and hopefully some in the audience will become future HAMs and have initiative to go further to have a STEM career. Great story.
     

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