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Another Day of ISS SSTV Action

It wasn't until I saw a friend post a new image from the ISS SSTV transmission that I rememebred I had a second day of it. I was able to get an image from it's last pass over Australia for us in the eastern states. So here is the last image I was able to get :)


4th Image



SSTV From the ISS

Over this weekend the ISS (International Space Station) was doing another SSTV (Slow Scan TV) transmission and I thought this would be the best time to test my setting and to see if I could receive the images they were sending.

I only have a standard vertical VHF/UHF antenna up and knowing the ISS was using VHF for their transmissions I thought I was in with a chance.

Here are the three images I received directly from the ISS today.


This is the 1st image I received


This is the 2nd image I received


This is the 3rd image I received



Are You An Amateur (Ham) Radio Operator?

You Might be a Ham Operator if....

1. When you look at a full moon and wonder how much antenna gain you would need.
2. When a friend gets a ride from you and remarks that you have a lot of CBs in your vehicle, it turns in to an hour long rant on how ham radio is not CB radio.
3. When someone asks for directions, you pause, wondering if long or short path would be best.
4. When you can look at a globe and be able to point to your antipode (and you know what an antipode is).
5. Your cell phone ring tone is a Morse code message of some kind.
6. You have accidentally said your Amateur Radio call sign at the end of a telephone conversation.
7. Your favorite vacation spots are always on mountain tops.
8. You notice more antennas than road signs while driving your car.
9. You have driven onto the shoulder of the road while looking at an antenna.
10. Porcupines appear to be fascinated with your car.
11. If you ever tried to figure out the operating frequency of your microwave oven.
12. When you look around your bedroom of wall to wall ham gear and ask: Why am I still single?
13. The local city council doesn't like you.
14. You actually think towers look pretty.
15. Your family doesn't have a clue what to get you for Christmas, even after you tell them.
16. Your HF amplifier puts out more power than the local AM radio station.
17. The wife and kids are away and the first thing that goes through your head is that no one will bother you while you call "CQ DX" a few hundred times.
18. You refer to your children as your "Harmonics".
19. Your girlfriend or wife asks: "You're going to spend $XXXX on what???
20. Every family vacation includes a stop at a Ham radio store.
21. You actually believe you got a good deal on eBay.
22. You have pictures of your radio equipment as wallpaper on your computer's desktop.
23. You look for unused 30 A circuits in a new car's fuse panel.
24. Removing snow from the roof of your car requires working around the antenna and wires.
25. The first question you ask the new car dealer is: "What is the alternator's current output"?
26. You buy a brand new car based on the radio mounting locations and antenna mounting possibilities.
27. You have tapped out Morse code on your car's horn.
28. When you pull into a donut shop and the cops there on their coffee break ask if they can see your radio setup.
29. You always park on the top floor of the deck, just in case you might have to wait in the car later.
30. Your wife has had to ride in the back seat because you had radio equipment in the front seat.
31. Your wife has delivered meals to your Ham shack.
32. Your wife threatens you with divorce when you tell her that you are going on a "fox" hunt.
33. Your next door neighbor thinks that your wife is a widow.
34. Your neighbors thought you were nuts when you ripped up your lawn to bury chicken wire.
35. Your flagpole has ground radials.
36. You walk carefully in your back yard to avoid being close-lined.
37. When house hunting, you look for the best room for a radio shack, scan the property for possible tower placement and check the CCR’s for antenna restrictions.
38. The real estate agent scratches his head when you ask if the soil conductivity is high, medium, or low.
39. You sell a house and have to explain the grounding points and independent 30 Amp AC circuit in the spare bedroom.
40. When house hunting, you give your realtor topographical maps showing local elevations.
41. When you see a house with a metal roof, and your only thought is what a great ground plane that would be.
42. A lightning storm takes out a new Laptop, Plasma TV, and DVD Recorder, but all you care about is if your radios are okay.
43. You have Ham radio magazines in the bathroom.
44. When your doorbell rings, you immediately shut down the amplifier.
45. Fermentation never enters your mind when "homebrew" is mentioned.
46. Instead of just saying no, you have said "negative".
47. You have used a person's name to indicate acknowledgement.
48. You become impatient waiting for the latest AES or HRO catalog to arrive.
49. You have found yourself whistling "CQ" using Morse code.
50. You always schedule the last full weekend in June for vacation.
51. Your exercise machine is a Morse code keyer.
52. You walk through the plumbing section at the hardware store and see antenna parts.
53. If you sold all your Ham radio equipment, you could pay off your mortgage.



A little Bored

The other day I was a little bored and decided to have a play with one of the light bars sitting up at our squad's shed. I thought seeing I was doing nothing that I would have a play and work out the wiring and what colour wiring operates which lights. The light bar has a row of LED lights and 6 rotating lights. The rotating lights draw a lot of current, up to about 21 amps but the LED lights are much much lower at around 500mh. I know these light bars will never be used on our vehicles so I know I'm wasting my time (like a lot of things I try and do) but I was bored and wanted to do something to keep my mind going :)


Happy Holidays