Results of ISS SSTV Activity 30 September – 1 October 2020

A Gallery of the Images Received by Club Members

30 September – 1 October 2020 saw the broadcasting of SSTV images from the International Space Station, the Club had primed its members by:

  1. Preparing pass predictions for the two days based on the Clubhouse location;
  2. Announcing the planned activity periods through its on-line News Posts and via:
    • The Clubs News Post RSS feed linked to the Clubs public and private members Groups.io mailing list;
    • The Clubs FACEBOOK page;
    • The Clubs LINKEDIN page; and
    • The Clubs TWITTER feed.
  3. Placing timed TWEETS in Clubs TWITTER feed to announce the imminent visibility of the ISS (although some of these failed to send); and
  4. Updating the Groups.io thread in the private Members only mailing list with “live” results as people sent images

The Clubs original News Post also contained links to:

  • The AMSAT guide to receiving SSTV from the ISS using home equipment;
  • AN ESA video guide to receiving images from the ISS using the Goonhilly Web SDR; and
  • Links to suitable software for Windows, OSX, Linux (inc Raspbian), Android and iOS.

The pass prediction table looked like this:

Table of ISS Passes

Novers Park Community Association, Rear of 124 Novers Park Road, Bristol, BS4 1RN

Latitude (degrees N-S where North is +ve): 51.425400°
Longitude (degrees E-W where East is +ve): -2.593882°
Elevation (metres Above Ordnance Datum AoD): 64m

Notes:

In the table below:

  1. Table Entries with no background colour indicate passes where: 0° < Maximum Elevation ≤ 30°
  2. Table Entries with a yellow background indicate passes where: 30° < Maximum Elevation ≤ 45°
  3. Table Entries with a green background indicate passes where: 45° < Maximum Elevation ≤ 90°
  4. Azimuth or Bearings are measured in degrees clockwise from North
Pass No. Date (UTC) Acquisition of Signal “AoS” Maximum Elevation Loss of Signal “LoS” Pass Duration
(Hr:Min:Sec)
Time (UTC) Azimuth or Bearing Degrees Above the Horizon Azimuth or Bearing Time (UTC) Azimuth or Bearing
1 30/09/20 13:25:21 160 3 134 13:31:16 94 00:05:55
2 30/09/20 14:58:56 214 22 157 15:09:05 77 00:10:09
3 30/09/20 16:35:01 250 72 163 16:45:56 79 00:10:55
4 30/09/20 18:11:50 274 86 338 18:22:47 95 00:10:57
5 01/10/20 14:12:05 203 16 143 14:21:42 79 00:09:37
6 01/10/20 15:47:47 243 57 151 15:58:39 77 00:10:52
7 01/10/20 17:24:31 270 84 343 17:35:28 90 00:10:57

Below are some “warts and all” examples of the images received by members of the Club, if any members have not submitted their images and would like to do so please send them to the e-mail address at the bottom of the page.

There were 12 images in the set this time, focussing on Russian cosmonauts.

The Received Images

With a limited amount of passes and the timing being mainly within the UK working day coupled with relatively few submissions from members so far we have a very limited gallery of images this time. Additionally some of the passes resulted in duplicated images as the timing of the transmissions appeared to coincide with the orbital period of the ISS.

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Location Taunton IO81la
Equipment Kenwood TH D74 and Robot36 on a Samsung ‘phone
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Location Nailsea IO81ok
Equipment Yaesu VX5 handheld, set top whip with 50MHz extension piece, Robot36 on One+ 1 Android phone running Android 6
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Location Taunton IO81la
Equipment Kenwood TH D74, Robot36 on Samsung Android ‘phone
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Copies of all of the images received by various Amateurs and SWLs around the world have been uploaded to the ARISS Gallery.

About Andy (G7KNA) 126 Articles
BEng CEng MICE. Chartered Civil Engineer and Licensed Radio Ham (G7KNA). Member of South Bristol Amateur Radio Club since 2005 and Secretary since 2010. I am a registered RSGB Assessor for Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Exams. Away from the club and work I play with computers and related gadgets exploring Open Source software and when necessary bodge the odd DIY project.