[amsat-bb] Downlinks and Beacons

Steve Kristoff skristof at etczone.net
Thu Dec 24 19:18:24 UTC 2015

AO-73 from AMSAT-UK is very easy to capture telemetry from. Check out the 
AMSAT-UK website for the info and the telemetry decoder program.
The Space Station (ISS) is also easy to receive for Packet/APRS monitoring. 
That function is usually on, but it has been turned off for the last week or 
two. No doubt it will be back up since it is pretty popular. You can get 
info for ISS from AMSAT and from ARISS on the web. I use DireWolf and UISS 
software for packet, but others, with a lot more experience than me, will 
have other suggestions.
The vertical antenna is a bit of a mixed blessing. You'll likely have some 
reception at intermediate satellite elevations, but you may lose some signal 
when the satellites go right over head. On the other hand, satellites are at 
intermediate elevations more often then they are overhead, so give your set 
up a try and let us know what happens!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Timothy A. Holmes" <taholmes160 at gmail.com>
To: "AMSAT BB" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 24, 2015 8:37 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Downlinks and Beacons

> HI Folks;
> Reading the thread on receiving the weather satellites has sparked a bit 
> in me. I would like to be able to capture the telemetry and beacons from 
> amateur satellites -- Ive got a 2m/440 vertical and an HF wire. An Icom 
> 706mk IIG and a computer running kubuntu linux. Any input or suggestions 
> would be most appreciated
> Thanks
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