A blurb in the QRZ.com News and in the ARRL weekly newsletter caught my attention concerning an interesting reception report involving the ISS (International Space Station). As I have noted in other posts one of my favorite things to do in amateur radio is the send and receive messages using the ISS repeaters, both APRS and voice. I have logged many APRS signals (including several DX stations!), as well as a dozen or more states. I simply find it fascinating to think a signal I send up into space can be heard and repeated by something orbiting our planet and
I just received a beautiful certificate from the ISS Fan Club site (www.issfanclub.com) confirming my reception of SSTV images during the July 2015 celebration of the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. While my images were not as good as I would have hoped (local conditions were a bit iffy), I was thrilled to get them nevertheless. I also received SSTV images back in April celebrating Yuri Gagarin's mission into space, and believe me I could hardly contain myself. I am not sure what that says about me, except perhaps I am still just a kid at heart, but I'll take it!
There have been several interesting radio articles in the news lately, and I find that heart-warming to say the least! And since a couple of articles dealt with radio in space, I was particularly excited, and a bit jealous! I just saw a post in the British News about a local ham who made contact with the International Space Station for approximately 50 seconds (lucky devil!). The articles can be found here. I appreciate the fact that his station is a typical one, being described as a "garden shed." Like this gentleman I have been trying hard for several weeks