[amsat-bb] ISS - watch it as you work it!

Scott scott23192 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 5 00:01:54 UTC 2015

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 instead 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 get a chance to make the radio connection at the same time that you can look up and see it fly over, I highly recommend it!

-Scott, K4KDR
Montpelier, VA  USA

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