Having a few issues using SatPC32 and especially Yaesu gear,
specifically FT-817 and FT-857. The copy I aa using is not a registered
version yet nor have I modified any of the SQF files.
When using on the FT-817, I cannot get any response to the radio. It
doesn't appear to follow the doppler corrections being issued by the
program. When using the FT-857, the unit appears to semi-work, but it
seems to switch between 2 vfos. When using my Icom IC-910, it works fine
if I let it go into satellite mode.
If this is just a file editing problem let me know. In general, I'll be
using the IC-910 most often but have considered using the 817/857 for
portable operation if I can get it to work correctly. I also noticed
that the FT-857 has issues with HRD as well, but that's a subject for
Any guesses as to why FT-817 not working or does there need to be some
initial file modifications?
Currently the Russian cosmonaut(s) send SSTV images from the Space Station for
the MAI-75 experiment.
Probably different SSTV modes will be used these 3 days of activity, and it is recommanded
to use MMSSTV (freeware) software wich support these modes.
Several amateur radio operators have received already some ISS SSTV images, some are shown
on the ARISS SSTV gallery page:
If you have received images please send them via the ARISS SSTV submission page:
We may not be able to display every image because of quality or duplication .
But we keep them in the archieve for futher investigation.
73's Cor PD0RKC
On Jan. 27, Mars will be closer to Earth than any other time between 2008 and 2014. A mere 60 million miles away, the red planet will be a great target for backyard telescopes, and will appear bright to the naked eye as well.
Every 26 months, the two planets’ orbits bring them closer together, sometimes closer than others. In 2003, Mars came within 35 million miles of Earth, a 60,000-year record.
Observers with a telescope will be able to see changes over the north pole of Mars as the carbon dioxide ice cap is nearing summer and evaporating into gas that affects the polar clouds. (If any of our reader-astronomers catch a nice image, send it our way!)
>From the ground, Mars will look like an orange star almost as bright as Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. The view will actually be best on Friday, Jan. 29, when Mars will rise alongside the first full moon of the year, directly opposite the sun.
For help locating Mars, NASA’s Web site offers full sky maps for Jan. 27, 28 and 29.
We'll be running the DM95/DM96 and EM06/EM07 grid lines tomorrow (Wed). (All planned grid line ops assume that we can actually GET to the line itself; we've been very lucky so far...)
>From there we'll overnight in Dodge City, KS, which sits on the DM97/EM07 line. With a winter storm warning in effect for this area on Thursday, we might sit tight in Marshall Dillon's corral for a day before resuming our northbound leg.
So far, all my ops have been on AO27 and AO51, mainly because I'm having a bit of difficulty finding my downlink on the linear birds (AO7, VO52, and HO68). No doubt it's a simple error that I'm overlooking since I was able to use all three birds before we left FL. I'll give VO52 another go during tomorrow's 27/1632Z pass and HO68 an hour later.
73 from Rt 66,
Jim, ND9M / VQ9JC
Shamrock, TX / DM95
I wish I new more details about it ..
Randy - N2CUA
January 29, Friday
HTV separation from the ISS
ISS attitude control with USOS CMG assistance
Space bio-technology: Biotrek
Space ray research: BTN-Neutron
Life-science experiment: Matreshka-R, Biorisk, Rasneniya-2, Sonocard
Geophysical experiments: Vsplesk, Impulse (standby)
Contract experiment: EXPOSE-R
Educational experiment: MAI-75
Technical studies and experiments: Contur (standby)
Medical test: evaluation of the crew physical training status
Filling Electron water containers
ECLSS maintenance operations
Crew rest (half a day)