• [AMSAT-UK] RSGB Tonight @ 8 Video - Getting started on QO-100

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    RSGB Tonight @ 8 Video - Getting started on QO-100

    Posted: 27 Jul 2020 02:30 PM PDT https://amsat-uk.org/2020/07/27/getting-started-on-qo-100/

    On Monday, July 27 Dom Smith M0BLF gave an online talk Getting started on QO-100 as part of the RSGB Tonight @ 8 live webinar series.

    Dom’s lockdown project was to complete a set up for the QO-100 amateur
    radio transponders that are hosted on the geostationary satellite Eshail-2. This was the first amateur radio payload to be put into a geostationary
    orbit and provides constant and reliable coverage for amateur voice, data
    and television contacts over the whole of Africa, Europe and the Middle
    East and even as far as Brazil in the west, and Thailand in the east.

    Getting started on QO-100 is a talk in two halves: first we’ll watch the video, showing the particular set-up chosen—and there are many!—and then there will be chance for a Q&A.
    Watch Getting Started on QO-100 by Dom Smith, M0BLF

    Dom Smith, M0BLF has been a radio amateur for nearly 25 years since being licensed at the age of 14 in 1996. He is an active member of the Camb-Hams
    and Cambridge University Wireless Society (CUWS), and may often be heard contesting, climbing hills for Summits on the Air, and assisting
    Cambridgeshire RAYNET. He also enjoys travelling for DXPeditions, most
    recently as JW/M0BLF, VP2MUW and ZC4UW, and he manages QSL cards for most
    CUWS trips. On top of all that, he volunteers with Cambridge 105 Radio, the local community broadcast station, on the engineering team.

    Professionally, Dom works as a Cloud Solutions Architect in the software
    team at the Royal Society of Chemistry and he holds a PhD in Hispanic

    Watch other RSGB Tonight @ 8 videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRSGB/videos

    QO-100 information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

    QO-100 products in the AMSAT-UK shop https://amsat-uk.org/

    ISS MAI-75 SSTV activity planned for Aug 4-5

    Posted: 27 Jul 2020 10:47 AM PDT https://amsat-uk.org/2020/07/27/iss-mai-75-sstv-activity-planned-for-aug-4-5/

    Artists impression of the docking of the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft

    It is planned Russian cosmonauts will transmit amateur radio Slow Scan Television (SSTV) images from the International Space Station (ISS) during August 4-5 on 145.800 MHz FM (likely using PD-120). It should be receivable across the British Isles and Europe.

    On July 9, ESA Education had Tweeted:

    We are expecting the ISS to transmit pictures in the next weeks for the
    45th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz test project. This is a perfect opportunity to try this activity for yourself!


    Apollo–Soyuz was the first international space mission, carried out jointly by the United States and the Soviet Union in mid-July 1975.
    ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng

    An announcement made July 27 on the ARISS SSTV Blog says:

    The final crew schedule for the week of Aug 3-9 was released recently and
    it showed a MAI-75 activity scheduled for Aug 4 and 5. This is soon after
    the Space X Demo-2 undock so changes to that event could impact the

    The current dates and times of the planned activity are as follows:

    Aug 4 (12:25-18:10 UTC) is setup and day 1 operations.

    Aug 5 (11:15-18:45 UTC) is day 2 operations and close out.

    This is the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment that is active for orbital passes over Moscow, Russia. It has traditional been PD-180 or
    PD-120 and transmitting on 145.800 MHz.

    Source ARISS STV Blog http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

    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. Many FM mobile and base
    station rigs can be switched been wide and narrow deviation FM filters. For best results you should select the filter for wider deviation FM (25 kHz channel spacing). Handhelds all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as standard.

    The space agency ESA has released a video ‘How to get pictures from the International Space Station via Amateur Radio’ along with a collection of Tutorial videos explaining how to receive ISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) pictures
    for different computers and mobile devices


    Read the Raspberry Pi article Pictures from space via ham radio


    ISS SSTV info and links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

    What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

    Free UK amateur radio online training course https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

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