Wow. Just think I got a signal from the ISS

Discussion in 'Satellite and Space Communications' started by G0VKT, Oct 13, 2021.

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  1. G0VKT

    G0VKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here I am sitting at my home in SE England waiting for Captain Kirk to go up on Blue Origin. I get an alert that the ISS is near overhead.

    Dial in 145.800 on my RSP2. Poor discone and poor coax. Heard French speaking voice. No callsigns. Doppler changed as expected and signal peaked/degraded while watching the track. Approx 13:40 UTC for 10 mins.

    First ever sat voice Rx.

    Feeling very inspired. Not a big achievement for others. But it is for me.

    Paul G0VKT
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  2. KG4AKV

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    That was a scheduled school contact:

    Ecole Louis Armand, Carquefou, France, Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Carquefou, France, Collège Les Sables D‟Or, Thouare Sur Loire, France; direct via F5KEQ/P

    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be FXØISS

    The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz

    The latest information on the operation mode can be found at

    The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG

    Contact is go for: Wed 2021-10-13 13:39:19 UTC 52 deg

    Watch for livestream at: (***)
  3. F4BJZ

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    It was Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG…
    He was in contact with a school in Carquefou ( France ) and a French station F5KEP/P
    I recorded the QSO received with my TS-2000.

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  4. KA2CZU

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    Beats waiting for a DM65 grid station to show up on my FT8 waterfall :D

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  5. K0UO

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    For years I have just put those frequencies in my scanner and when the bird comes over, it is like a Band opening for a few minutes! HT and Mobile too

    73 from,
    The K0UO " Rhombic Antenna Farm" 2 miles of wire in the Air & On the Air daily
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  6. G8FXC

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    It does give you a bit of a kick, doesn't it? I stumbled across the ISS about a year ago while experimenting with a panadaptor on 2m - I wasn't paying any attention to the frequency - just saw a signal peak, clicked on it and heard a rather scratchy voice speaking Italian. I wondered momentarily if there was some kind of super-opening in progress, then came to my senses and checked the frequency...

    Going back a while, I have had a couple of QSOs via low orbit satellites (Oscars) using a standard HT with its stock antenna standing on the top floor of a multi-storey car park - absolutely clear sky from horizon to horizon... But it is a bit hit-and-miss!

    Martin (G8FXC)
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  7. G0VKT

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    Even bigger wow! Not the repeater but an astronaut. How cool!
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  8. KA2CZU

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    It doesn't have to be hit or miss. If you search for ARISS, you can find out about regular school contacts and get email regarding when direct contacts will be to a ground station in your listening area. You can sometimes hear both sides through a feed from the school, most of the time you can listen in on the astronaut responses to the student questions.
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  9. G8FXC

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    Indeed... By "hit and miss", I was referring to operating through the Oscars with an HT on its rubber duck...

    Martin (G8FXC)
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  10. W8TJM

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    Congratulations Paul! I still remember hearing the 10 meter noise floor rise up the first time I received the Oscar 6 downlink decades ago. Always exciting to receive satellite signals.

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