Just wanted to share some sneak peek info on some of the videos i’m working on currently…
First things first… I learned about an upcoming ISS SSTV event that’s scheduled for this weekend (Edit- now July 20th) through John Brier, KG4AKV, whose Space Comms YouTube channel is an absolute hit! Go check it out. Also his blog with lots of how – tos! So I will attempt my first ISS SSTV capture this weekend on July 15. There are two likely passes that day for my location which include a pass around 1 in the morning, and around 9 in the morning, so we’ll see how ambitious I am to capture the 1am pass! Satellite ops have completely eluded me for some reason, which I really need to take advantage of more because it doesn’t require huge antennas – just patience & operating skill! Lookout for my First ISS SSTV capture vid upcoming!
I plan on using the Elk Log Periodic, My Kenwood TM-V71A tuned into 145.800MHz, and patching that audio into my Windows laptop which is running MMSSTV. I figured this would be a good way to get warmed up to satellites, just being on the receiving end to start with! I’ll power the radio with my Bioenno LiPo4 9aH. The longest pass is just over 10 minutes, so using a mobile radio which has higher current draw than an HT is certainly possible.
How-to videos are always a hit on my channel, so i’ve decided to focus more of my efforts on those types of videos. I’m currently in the works on a Kenwood TS-480SAT & Digital Modes how-to video that will describe how to interface the 480SAT with Fldigi & WSJT-X using a RigBlaster Advantage. This time i’ll use a Windows computer, I know it can be a pain for most folks when I use the Mac on my examples!
And last, but not least, the Band Hopper III antenna, from one of my favorite ham radio equipment manufacturers, SOTABeams, has finally arrived! Look at the difference between the amount of weight, and the size that they were able to get this antenna down to when compared to the link dipole that I just made. Expect a video review on this guy forthcoming! My goal? Maximum performance/Minimum Fuss when it comes to portable antennas. Short of putting up some type of directional, i’ve found that a dipole (even Inverted V) is hard to beat when portable.
Just a sneak peek….
No… you can’t have anymore…
You’ll have to wait… 😉