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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:20 pm 
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Just had a nice clear view of the ISS passing directly overhead with full Moon and orange disc of Mars nearby in the East. Not a pip on the scanner though.

First time I've had my bins and monocular out in ages! :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:13 am 
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Managed to catch two ISS passes with the scanner on Saturday at 21:52 and 23:28 BST.

Had a great visual directly overhead for the full arc of the first pass. Pings and clicks on both passes, but no packet signals. Two short bursts of voice (at start and end) of second pass, but not long enough to make out any words.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:39 pm 
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. Hi Tim,
. Well done. Nice to hear from you.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:23 pm 
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Hello David,

It's been a while! Hope you're well.

Trying to get myself back into the old scanning habit!

Tim

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:58 pm 
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Hi David and Tim, been a long time since I posted, been listening in but no voice contacts heard for quite a while. Been hearing quite a few packet signals lately but I think it will be a while before we get any school contacts ...

http://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html

All the best.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:07 pm 
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Hello Dave,

Great to hear you're still following the ISS too.

The two voice bursts I got were intriguing. Quite a distinctive accent/tone of voice which I couldn't quite place (think it was male though) - shame I didn't get any words. Interesting to note I've often picked up voice before when the ISS is low on the horizon like this, i.e. at the start and end of the pass.

Encouraging though. Let's hope we get some more soon!

All the best,

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:35 pm 
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Hi all,
Some interesting news of upcoming school contacts taken from the ISS Fan Club site ....

Tim Peake ISS School Contacts & HamTV

Hi All,

ARISS have announced details of the first of the school amateur radio contacts with UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI. Tim will be using the special International Space Station (ISS) call sign GB1SS during his 6 month mission.

ARISS has released target dates for the following schools:

• Sandringham School, St Albans between Jan 4-10, 2016
• RMS, Rickmansworth between Feb 8-14, 2016
• Oasis Academy, Brightstowe between Feb 15-21, 2016
• CNS, Norwich between Feb 22-28, 2016

The ARISS team of licensed UK Radio Amateurs is planning a world first by also receiving live video from the ISS during the contact. Using the HamTV transmitter, which has recently been commissioned on board the ISS, Tim will be the first astronaut to use this equipment during a two way schools contact.

The UK ARISS team is assembling a mobile Earth station, to be installed at the school on the day of the contact. The team recently visited Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall to commission a dish to receive the 2.4 GHz HamTV DATV transmissions from the ISS. The ARISS activities have been designed to maximize the impact of Peake’s “Principia Mission” outreach by directly engaging students with communication technologies and inspiring them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

Stay tuned.!!..More details found on the Amsat and ARRL sites:
http://amsat-uk.org
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/astronaut ... -first-a...

Dave

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