[amsat-bb] Re: Help in Hearing ISS

Stefan Wagener wageners at gmail.com
Mon May 27 08:35:35 PDT 2013

Hi Les,

1. Go to: http://www.issfanclub.com

on the right side you see activities. Packet was active an hour ago. Found
it to be the most up-to-date source for activities short of special

2. Please read the SatPC32 instructions, especially the part on SatPC32ISS.
Use that program and make sure you select the correct frequencies. You
might need to change the default ones in SatPC for the ISS based on the
link/activity above.

Hope that helps.

73 Stefan, VE4NSA

On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM, Les Rayburn <les at highnoonfilm.com> wrote:

> I ran a Google search this morning, and there is still no known cure for
> "operator error". So I resort to searching
> for more medicine on the list until a cure can be found. Please give
> generously until a cure can be found. :-)
> Been on satellites for about five weeks now, and have managed to work a
> few contacts through SO-50, FO-29, AO-7,
> and VO-52. Have copied CW beacons from other birds including a few of the
> small Cubesats. The system
> seems to be working well.
> Some bugs had to be worked out along the way, including adjusting Doppler
> correction on SATPC32,
> fixing an audio distortion problem, and desense in Mode J.
> But despite my best efforts, I've yet to hear a single peep out of the
> International Space Station. Not just in voice modes,
> mind you, but I can't seem to find the digipeater signals, or anything
> else. I'm clearly doing something wrong.
> So, here are my questions:
> 1.) My IC-910H is controlled by SATPC32 in "satellite mode". Simple
> enough. But when I make the ISS the "active satellite" it stays in V/U
> mode, and won't easily let me go into simplex mode to work the ISS voice
> circuits or FM repeater.
> Is there a fix for this? How do other IC-910H owners deal with this issue?
> 2.) What frequency should I be looking for the packet signals on?
> I don't have a TNC, but do have a Rigblaster USB Advantage sound card
> interface. I know it's possible to use this to monitor (and possibly
> transmit signals to the ISS) Is there a link to a web site explaining how
> to configure the software, etc. for beginners?
> 3.) How often is the ISS in FM repeater mode? Not often, I'm guessing.
> Anyone know why?
> 4.) Any other tips on working the ISS? It would be quite a thrill for me!
> Please pardon the newbie questions. This list is great, and I really
> appreciate the help.
> We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming for smart,
> capable operators, already in
> progress.
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