[amsat-bb] ISS operation
johnbrier at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 19:56:24 UTC 2016
There is a lot of confusion about the random ISS contact by the UK
ham. In a video from when the news went viral last year, he said he
contacted them in October of the previous year.  So that would be
Currently the best opportunity for a contact is during SSTV events in
between the SSTV transmissions.
Not sure about "operation," but the ISS crew sleeps on GMT time.
That's a common question from students during ARISS contacts, and the
astronauts/cosmonauts always say GMT.
On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 2:29 PM, Bruce <kk5do at amsat.org> wrote:
> also, the best time for the astronauts to make contacts is just before they
> are ready to go to bed. that is when they have some free time. keep in mind
> that the iss operates on russian time (i think same as moscow time). breaks
> might be harder to determine but beddy-by time is almost always the same.
> On 3/25/2016 1:17 PM, Daniel Cussen wrote:
>> It does happen:
>> This is from just last year.
>> The trick is to figure out their break time, and match that with the
>> time they are passing over your location. The radio is normally on low
>> in the Russian module. If you call, and they are on a break, and they
>> happen to have the radio in the correct mode to hear the uplink, then
>> they might say hello back. The next technique after a response is to
>> not panic!
>> The European module radio is on APRS duty normally.
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