Over two weekends in February 2019 the crew on the International Space Station (ISS) broadcast SSTV images for a special event.
Amateurs around the world could try and receive / decode the messages. Chances to do so were limited to a few minutes each time the ISS passed overheard. From my personal experience this past weekend here were my results summarised.
I started with a cheap USB RTL-SDR receiver hoping to do all the work digitally in my PC. After a few pass overs of the ISS Friday this receiver and antenna combination was not doing the trick.
Saturday morning I switched to the following setup.
- Yaesu FT-847 (transceiver)
- RigBlaster Advantage (soundcard)
- Comet GP-3 dualband VHF/UHF vertical (vertical antenna up 40 feet)
- Ham Radio Deluxe (software)
- MMSSTV (software)
For the next 5-6 pass overs between 10:20am Saturday and 9:45am Sunday here were the results.