[amsat-bb] ISS - watch it as you work it!
jeff_griffin at comcast.net
Sat Dec 5 01:19:41 UTC 2015
I remember in, I think 1998, I was working Valery on the MIR on a regular
basis. On this particular night it was my son's birthday and as I was
into an almost daily chat with him he wanted to wish my son a happy
birthday. We went outside to watch the pass, my son and I chatted with Val
as we watched him fly over, he wished my son a happy birthday and also
encouraged him to become an astronaut. My son mentioned this in show and
tell at school afterwards. I got a call from his teacher, she said she was
concerned that Jeff was talking to people in space and she didn't think this
was healthy, as he said it wasn't a story, but was true. I told her that yes
he actually did talk to a cosmonaut. It took me awhile to convince her of
that. I also remember my son working the ISS on kids day. I don't recall
who was active on the ISS but he heard the kid's day call and then had a
nice pass eating chat with my son! I have many more contacts with the space
station I could talk about, but you get the idea. I wish the ISS occupants
had the time like they used to to do more voice contacts, so everyone can
73 Jeff kb2m
From: Paul Stoetzer
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2015 7:04 PM
Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] ISS - watch it as you work it!
I saw it here in DC too. Didn't take the TH-D7A(G) out to try the
My dream for portable satellite tracking is a Google Glass satellite
tracking app that provides a heads up display!
On Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 7:01 PM, Scott <scott23192 at gmail.com> wrote:
> With a clear sky tonight and wanting to do some antenna experimentation, I
> found myself sitting outside with the laptop as the ISS flew almost
> directly over.
> I have to confess that it felt very strange to work the packet digipeater
> on the ISS at the same time that I was looking up and actually SEEING the
> thing fly over. If I had been holding the Arrow antenna in my hand
> of having it on a tripod, the visual target sure would have made it easier
> to point at! Too bad all of the cubesats aren't visible for antenna
> pointing like that.
> Anyway, whether you're working the packet digipeater, monitoring an ARISS
> school QSO, or receiving special event SSTV images from the ISS, if you
> a chance to make the radio connection at the same time that you can look
> and see it fly over, I highly recommend it!
> -Scott, K4KDR
> Montpelier, VA USA
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