[amsat-bb] Re: Fox and ISS Ham-TV

Stefan Wagener wageners at gmail.com
Wed May 15 17:26:49 PDT 2013

Hi Les and all,

I would not jump into any kind of advanced purchase or antenna assembly etc
on the ISS TV program at this point.

1. It will take considerable time to get the equipment up, installed,
tested, verified etc.
2. If the primary use is for ISS school contacts, you are limited to
scheduling, ISS visibility at your location etc.
3. Downconverter options are very limited right now since they have to
match the DVB-S receiver input frequency.
4. Limited choice of 1m+ dishes with LHCP antenna feeds tuned to the
proposed ISS frequencies.

All of this will change over time once more information becomes available
and folks/vendors are starting to look into this and more products/tools
become available. Also, there might be a more permanent feed of video not
just limited to school contacts. We will see.

Will be very interesting to see/hear what info is made available during the
Dayton AMSAT forum by Frank Bauer on ARISS.

73, Stefan, VE4NSA

On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM, Les Rayburn <les at highnoonfilm.com> wrote:

> First of all congratulations to the entire Fox team. I know that everyone
> is excited about the possibility of another FM bird in the near future.
> As for Ham-TV, I agree that more information about the ground station
> requirements would be most welcome. I just managed to win a TechnoTrend
> S2-1600
> HDTV satellite PCI Card on ebay ($60 bucks with shipping) so I hope this
> is a good start on a complete station.
> The next hurdle for me will be assembling a workable antenna and I assume
> an AZ/EL rotor with automatic tracking? It does seem like information is
> incomplete
> considering how close to the go live date we are. I know that this type of
> digital TV is in wide use in Europe, so maybe some of these folks can lend
> the yanks
> a hand?
> --
> --
> 73,
> Les Rayburn, N1LF
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