Attempted my first ISS SSTV reception tonight for the 20th anniversary of ARISS. How exciting it is to receive signals from the International Space Station! I setup my Kenwood TM-V71A & used my Elk Log Periodic Antenna tonight for a pass that was 23 degrees at max elevation. I was able to receive the signal for two passes from an open field near my house.
I used MMSSTV which is super easy to use, a call sign entered, a few check boxes & you’re set to go. I patched the audio into a small USB sound card using a splitter, and ran the other line out to an external speaker that I use for my VHF/UHF radio. Next time I’ll bring one that I can raise the volume on individually because I have to keep the volume so low on the radio that I could barely hear the ISS when it came over the horizon.
Not bad for a first run! I planned on filming this, but it was just too dark to capture anything. It’s running for 2 days straight, so I might be able to catch it again. Many folks in our club were able to catch great images from simple ground plane verticals & even HT”s!