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2 meter and the ISS(International Space Station)
« on: December 22, 2012, 02:30:49 PM »
I wonder how often the ISS transmits on 2 meter and are all astronauts hams or just some of them and or are they given special privileges. Would a small dish antenna be best for getting the ISS or maybe a directional of some kind.

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Re: 2 meter and the ISS(International Space Station)
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2012, 11:45:53 PM »
You can use a stationary antenna for contact with the ISS, but its best to go out and use a portable with a yagi/beam antenna (like Arrow makes).

http://www.arrowantennas.com/arrowii/146-437.html

Most, but not all Astronauts are also HAMS. They maintain a very busy schedule on the ISS, but try to make as many contacts as possible. They are not always listening in other words. Check out these links;

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/reference/radio/

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/ariss/

http://www.issfanclub.com/

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ham+radio+ISS&oq=ham+radio+ISS&gs_l=youtube.3..0l2.406.765.0.921.3.2.0.1.1.0.140.234.1j1.2.0...0.0...1ac.1.cv0GcHnlni0

I am a General Class HAM

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Re: 2 meter and the ISS(International Space Station)
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 11:50:03 PM »
K7AGE does alot of AO-51 Satellite work, check out his videos. I believe he uses an Arrow antenna.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HfvmU_utI8&list=PLD5CDC9B457D668C1&index=2

Well he used to...lol, looks like AO-51 may be down, but you can get the idea from watching his video

« Last Edit: December 22, 2012, 11:59:54 PM by ForgedPatriot »

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Re: 2 meter and the ISS(International Space Station)
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 09:56:29 AM »
You can use a stationary antenna for contact with the ISS, but its best to go out and use a portable with a yagi/beam antenna (like Arrow makes).

http://www.arrowantennas.com/arrowii/146-437.html

Most, but not all Astronauts are also HAMS. They maintain a very busy schedule on the ISS, but try to make as many contacts as possible. They are not always listening in other words. Check out these links;

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/reference/radio/

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/ariss/

http://www.issfanclub.com/

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ham+radio+ISS&oq=ham+radio+ISS&gs_l=youtube.3..0l2.406.765.0.921.3.2.0.1.1.0.140.234.1j1.2.0...0.0...1ac.1.cv0GcHnlni0

I am a General Class HAM

I found some plans online for a 3 element yagi made from wooden dowel and some heavy antenna wire works very well for the LEO birds, however as of late I dont think the repeater on the ISS has been up

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Re: 2 meter and the ISS(International Space Station)
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 10:02:31 AM »
http://www.backpacking.net/makegear/yagi-antenna/


Found the link if your looking to make a decent yagi I made one they work great