Space is not all high-tech. Standard radios operated by amateur enthusiasts can be used to communicate with the International Space Station. ESA astronaut André Kuipers talked to children this week using handheld-radios. Listen to the full radio contact and read more HERE. Credits: NASA/ESA
If I were single I'd like to hike with a qrp and antenna in a backpack. But SOTA wouldn't be my only passion while on the mountains. Here is another gadget I'd like to buy (if I were single!). "The perfect on the go and campground observatory, ideal for camping, hiking, picnics, the beach, vacations, or any other time you want to connect with nature and the universe. Lunar craters by the hundreds, cloud belts on Jupiter, and Saturn's rings as just the beginning of what can be seen." website
The list of countries received with the setup described here increased to 39 dxcc. And 419 are the stations logged 24/7. Too bad proxy avoids me to connect to PSK Reporter !
Asiatic Russia Balearic Is. Belarus Belgium Bosnia-Herzegovinia Bulgaria Canary Is. Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Dodecanese England Estonia European Russia Fed. Republic of Germany Finland France Greece Hungary Israel Italy Jordan Kaliningrad Kazakhstan Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Netherlands Poland Portugal Romania Scotland Serbia Slovak Republic Spain Sweden Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates
E-ST@R project is an educational and research program which is being carried out at Politecnico di Torino by the AeroSpace System Engineering Team (ASSET).
Aim of the project is the development and launch into orbit of the E-ST@R satellite, which is a CubeSat class spacecraft. The project is entirely carried out by students, both graduate and undergraduate, under the supervision of researchers and professors.
E-ST@R CubeSat has been accepted by ESA's Education Office after a selection and will be piggybacked by the Vega Launch Vehicle during its maiden flight, planned for early 2012, with other six CubeSats from other European Universities and one MicroSat from the Italian Space Agency.
This section is dedicated to the collaboration with ham radio community.
If you are an amateur radio operator you are welcome to join and support e-st@r mission. In case you receive our cubesat signal, we appreciate if you can forward the telemetry frames for decoding and analysis. You will be awarded with a special certificate!
Follow the procedure indicated after the log in.
Downlink main features:
Frequency: 437.445 MHz
Modulation: AFSK 1200bps
Contact us for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the list of countries received on 20 meters during the last week using FT100, MP1 indoor antenna (!!) and Thinkpad laptop (Digital Master 780 as software). 36 dxcc countries and 670 calls (many are dupes):
Callsign Time Cont Country --------------------------------- EA8IT 20:14 AF Canary Is. RU9SL 13:13 AS Asiatic Russia 4Z5NU 19:30 AS Israel JY5IB 14:39 AS Jordan UN1L 14:12 AS Kazakhstan TA3AAA 18:33 AS Turkey A65EE 05:21 AS United Arab Emirates EA6ES 12:55 EU Balearic Is. EW8CM 16:40 EU Belarus ON1AEY 12:49 EU Belgium E73PY 13:56 EU Bosnia-Herzegovinia LZ1401SET 17:04 EU Bulgaria 9A6BBB 10:49 EU Croatia OK1RHK 16:03 EU Czech Republic OZ3AAF 15:50 EU Denmark M6SVD 11:16 EU England RK3BM 18:45 EU European Russia DK3PZ 16:05 EU Fed. Republic of Germany F4EUL 09:46 EU France SV1MO 17:44 EU Greece HA5KN 13:28 EU Hungary IZ1MLQ 21:00 EU Italy UA2FEP 16:57 EU Kaliningrad YL3ID 17:48 EU Latvia LY4BP 17:48 EU Lithuania Z31MM 15:09 EU Macedonia PD1CMP 12:41 EU Netherlands SP1KQR 16:48 EU Poland CT4RC 18:40 EU Portugal YO3CY 16:45 EU Romania GM0SDV 12:08 EU Scotland YU7MK 14:03 EU Serbia OM8AMF 15:58 EU Slovak Republic EA7INU 18:56 EU Spain SE6Y 17:52 EU Sweden UX7MX 17:57 EU Ukraine
Short Wave Listener since 1974 as I1-21171, former Manager SWL ARI, former Manager Contest 40&80, former-webmaster 425DXN website, IZ1CRR since 2000, Ham Radio activities from Maldive (8Q7RR) 2001, Sonsorol island (T88SI) 2002, Pulau Muara Besar (V8PMB) 2004, Pulau Satang Besar (9M8PSB) 2004. 1077 islands (IOTA) confirmed.
CONTESTS: 1st WorldWide (Anarts 89, SPDX 90, White Rose Midsummer 95, IOTA 94, White Rose LF Bands 96, SWL Challenge 95), 2nd WW (HK 75, EA RTTY 92, SARTG RTTY 94), 3rd WW (SARTG RTTY 90, VOLTA RTTY 89, ANARTS RTTY 90, SARTG NEW YEAR RTTY 95). 1st ITALY (SARTG RTTY 94, SARTG NEW YEAR 92/93/94/95/96, OKDX 1998/99, WAE SSB 89, INORC 89, CQ/M 89, LZDX 89, SACW 89, HF MARATHON 90, ARI DX 90/91, 40&80 89, ARI SEZIONI 90, EA RTTY 93, BARCELLONA OLYMPIC GAMES 92, ARI TROPHY 93, IIA TROPHY 93/94, YL ELETTRA MARCONI 94, MARATONA DX 96)