[amsat-bb] SSTV 6 days of images posted

MM ka1rrw@yahoo.com
Tue Aug 29 18:53:20 PDT 2006

ISS Amateur Radio Status: August 30, 2006

SpaceCam Status, Active Aug 26
By Miles Mann WF1F,

MAREX-MG News	www.marexmg.org

Manned Amateur Radio Experiment

Hi everyone:
The SpaceCam1 Imaging project on the International
Space Station is being operated intermittently on
weekends. During his spare time, the ISS Expedition 13
Commander Pavel Vinogradov has been activating
SpaceCam1 project for few orbits randomly. Due to the
crews heavy work load, we do not have a regulate
schedule for the SpaceCam1 project.  The ARISS team is
still testing various settings and monitoring the
status of the project.  It may be a few more weeks
before we have a predictable SpaceCam schedule.

Our thanks to the many stations that received and
decode the test images. SpaceCam Images from ISS were
received in many countries, including Russia, United
Kingdom, Brazil, Australia and many more. Below is a
link to the SpaceCam home page and list of some of the
images we have received.


Images have been received on the following dates:
July 28, July 30, Aug 13, Aug 14, Aug 15 and Aug 26

To date, I have 9 unique images from ISS and many
repeats. Ir you have any new images; please forward
the images to MAREX at:


During the testing phase the ISS Slow Scan TV system
may be intermittently transmitting on the frequency
145.800 MHZ FM. 

For information on how to receive these messages,
check out the MAREX link:

Over the next few weeks we maybe receiving images from
the International Space station via Slow Scan TV
(SSTV). The MAREX team will be collecting these images
from the amateur Radio and SWL community and we will
post the best.

We would like to collect all images received. However
in order to properly catalog the images we request you
use the following image naming format.
After you receive you images, please rename the images
using the following format, All Lower case letters. I
have updated the file naming format to shorten the
file names.

Year 06, Month 07, Day 31,  (UTC time), Call sign,
Short text description, .JPG


Old format:

New format:

I removed the first two numbers of the year and the
“Z” for UTC time.
All dates are assumed to be in UTC dates. The images
coming down from ISS will also have a time stamp
embedded into the image. You can also use these
numbers to generate you file names.  If you are a
Short Wave listener and do not have a call sign, just
place your Initials after the time (0607311905abc.jpg)

If we break this down 
Year =06
Month = 07
Day = 31
Time = 1905 UTC
Call sign = wf1f
Description (optional) = Windows shot
Image format = jpg

Image Quality
Please do not put any text over lays on the images,
Example, do not put web page or advertisements in the
image. Your own call sign and date are acceptable.  

Send all images directly to MAREX at

We would also like to know the following information
in your email.

Name or Call sign
Country / State
Software decoding tool
Elevation or range of ISS when you decoded the image.

Slide Show Mode:
The MAREX SpaceCam1 software contains a feature called
“Slide Show” mode. It allows the crew to preload a
directory full of images that will be automatically
transmitted to Earth. The crew will not need to keep
pushing a button to send images. In theory the system
can run for weeks at a time without crew involvement.
The SpaceCam project will be able to transmit over 200
SSTV images per day (Robot 36 format).

During the next phase of testing may use the frequency
145.800 MHz FM for the SSTV down link. The Slide Show
mode will only be testing the Down link. The uplink
frequency will not be published.

SSTV Decoding Software

There are many choices in SSTV software, some Free,
others with more features cost a few bucks. 

So have fun, find your best setup and start practicing
how to decode SSTV on 2-meters.

Marexmg Web page

ARISS Web page and other great Space projects

73 Miles WF1F MAREX-MG

Until we meet again


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