[amsat-bb] ISS Beacons
tnetcenter at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 18:59:23 UTC 2016
I don't know if I had set up my radio to "autobeacon", but several years
ago I wanted to try and work the ISS via APRS Packet. I was on my way to a
fox hunting demo that I was going to do and I figured the ISS pass would be
done by the time everyone started to arrive for the demo. Initially I
didn't see anything happening and as luck would have it, people started
arriving early for the demo I was doing and I got distracted from the
pass. Later as I was securing from the demo, I looked at the station heard
list on my D-710 and realized that I had succeeded in bouncing a packet off
of the ISS during that pass. There were a total of 3 packets listed from
that pass, the response to MY beacon, and 2 other packets that were
digipeated by the ISS. A live contact would be totally cool, but I was
very happy just to get my beacon digipeated by the ISS let alone pick up 2
or 3 others.
Jeff Moore -- KE7ACY
On Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 4:48 AM, <skristof at etczone.com> wrote:
> My first packet on an ISS pass always includes a CQ. I attempt to send a
> direct call to every station that comes up on the heard list. I get very
> few responses. But, I do occasionally get a response. I got one just a
> day or two ago, but, unfortunately the log is on my other computer or
> I'd give the person credit for sending a reply! Thank you station from 4
> I wonder why a person would set up an auto-beacon. I have to imagine
> that half of the time, the person isn't even there to see their callsign
> pop up on the screen.
> I was going to get on the 0200 pass last night when this thread started
> but the pass predictions showed it was a 2 degree max elevation for me.
> That wasn't going to happen with my set up.
> Anyway, if you see my callsign on an ISS pass, I'm sitting at the
> keyboard. Give me a shout or send a reply. I even still send out QSL
> cards if you want one!
> Steve AI9IN
> On 2016-04-19 03:47, Kevin Deane wrote:
> > I pretty much gave up on the ISS packet because all there was were
> beacons. Are there actually people trying to us it again? Wow I might give
> it a try tomorrow...
> > Kevin
> > KF7MYK
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