July 19, 2019 ... Central U.S. Time

Satellite Sunday

Posted or updated 10.12.08 by Glenn Miller

Today was a pretty good day.

I read on the NASA Web site that the Soyuz launch to the ISS was a success.  I’d wanted to watch the launch live on NASA TV, but I didn’t get up early enough for that.  This is the vehicle taking Richard Garriott and the Expedition 18 crew up to the ISS.  He’s planning to operate the amateur radio station frequently during his short stay.

Also today, a friend (Gary/W5ETJ) and I took a drive down to Eldorado (TX) and operated a portable satellite station from Maidenhead grid DM90.  We only made 14 contacts, but we had a good time in spite of the drizzle and wind.

I saw on the AMSAT bulletin board that several slow-scan television (SSTV) pictures have been received by amateurs around the world from the ISS in the past week.  Think of SSTV as a color facsimile transmission.  It’s kind of like a high-resolution TV screen shot.  There soon will be three SSTV pieces of equipment on the ISS.  Richard is bringing along a hand-held SSTV device and there are two others already onboard.  The ISS crew has been testing one of the capabiites in the past two days. ARISS ISS.  Cool.

I’m looking forward to the Soyuz docking with the ISS on Tuesday so Richard can get settled in and start making contact with the many of us who are anxious to “work the space station.”

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Glenn Miller served in Rimbach from June 1972 until June 1975. He retired from the Air Force in 1994 following a series of enviable tours, both overseas and stateside. He now works as a civilian at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, and blogs here about amateur radio and other topics.

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