SSTV new batch from ISS
- ISS Amateur Radio Status: August 30, 2006
SpaceCam Status, Active Aug 26
By Miles Mann WF1F,
MAREX-MG News www.marexmg.org
Manned Amateur Radio Experiment
The SpaceCam1 Imaging project on the International Space Station is
being operated intermittently on weekends. During his spare time, the
ISS Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov has been activating
SpaceCam1 project for few orbits randomly. Due to the crews heavy
work load, we do not have a regulate schedule for the SpaceCam1
project. The ARISS team is still testing various settings and
monitoring the status of the project. It may be a few more weeks
before we have a predictable SpaceCam schedule.
Our thanks to the many stations that received and decode the test
images. SpaceCam Images from ISS were received in many countries,
including Russia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia and many more.
Below is a link to the SpaceCam home page and list of some of the
images we have received.
Images have been received on the following dates:
July 28, July 30, Aug 13, Aug 14, Aug 15 and Aug 26
To date, I have 9 unique images from ISS and many repeats. Ir you
have any new images; please forward the images to MAREX at:
During the testing phase the ISS Slow Scan TV system may be
intermittently transmitting on the frequency 145.800 MHZ FM.
For information on how to receive these messages, check out the MAREX
Over the next few weeks we maybe receiving images from the
International Space station via Slow Scan TV (SSTV). The MAREX team
will be collecting these images from the amateur Radio and SWL
community and we will post the best.
We would like to collect all images received. However in order to
properly catalog the images we request you use the following image
After you receive you images, please rename the images using the
following format, All Lower case letters. I have updated the file
naming format to shorten the file names.
Year 06, Month 07, Day 31, (UTC time), Call sign,
Short text description, .JPG
I removed the first two numbers of the year and the "Z" for UTC time.
All dates are assumed to be in UTC dates. The images coming down from
ISS will also have a time stamp embedded into the image. You can also
use these numbers to generate you file names. If you are a Short
Wave listener and do not have a call sign, just place your Initials
after the time (0607311905abc.jpg)
If we break this down
Month = 07
Day = 31
Time = 1905 UTC
Call sign = wf1f
Description (optional) = Windows shot
Image format = jpg
Please do not put any text over lays on the images, Example, do not
put web page or advertisements in the image. Your own call sign and
date are acceptable.
Send all images directly to MAREX at
We would also like to know the following information
in your email.
Name or Call sign
Country / State
Software decoding tool
Elevation or range of ISS when you decoded the image.
Slide Show Mode:
The MAREX SpaceCam1 software contains a feature called "Slide Show"
mode. It allows the crew to preload a directory full of images that
will be automatically transmitted to Earth. The crew will not need to
keep pushing a button to send images. In theory the system can run
for weeks at a time without crew involvement. The SpaceCam project
will be able to transmit over 200 SSTV images per day (Robot 36
During the next phase of testing may use the frequency 145.800 MHz FM
for the SSTV down link. The Slide Show mode will only be testing the
Down link. The uplink frequency will not be published.
SSTV Decoding Software
There are many choices in SSTV software, some Free,
others with more features cost a few bucks.
So have fun, find your best setup and start practicing
how to decode SSTV on 2-meters.
Marexmg Web page
ARISS Web page and other great Space projects
73 Miles WF1F MAREX-MG
Until we meet again
DOSVIDANIYA Miles WF1F