More on Suit Sat
- The Suit Sat is still on schedule to be released from the ISS
this afternoon. The Suit Sat will be transmitting on 145.99. The
Suit Sat will be transmit only (one very expensive beacon)
If you wish to track when the ISS will be by your location, you
can use the on line tracking program at AMSAT at:
If you don't know your grid square or latitude/longitude, use
this tool at the ARRL site:
Holland comes out as EN62, and the towns center coordinates are
Here is some interesting information. The first ever once a
month, first Saturday of the month swap is being held at the TAT-C
(um, Technology And Trainig Center) tomorrow. I put in the Holland
coordinates, and there will be an almost overhead pass startimg at
10:20 AM ! Just in time to kick off the first swap.
Acquistion of signal will be at 10:19 am local.
Signal will appear at 305 degrees on the horizon.
The ISS will peak at around 10:24 am local, at an elevation of 73
degrees, with an azimuth of 47 degrees.
Loss of signal will be at 10:29 am local, at 121 degrees on the
The signal from the Suit Sat is not supposed to be as strong as
what is heard from the ISS. I can hear ISS passes from my mobile. My
wife Sheila (W8IIE) and myself plan to be at the Holland Sawp
Saturday morning, and I will take a 3 or 4 element beam. I believe
will be able to hear this Suit Sat quite well.
More information is on the Amsat site at:
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Tom Bosscher K8TB
p.s., please feel free to pass the orbit prediction times to anyone
in the West Michigan area.
- Via NASA TV at 2300 local, I have heard that the first few orbits of Suitsat
produced <extremely> weak signals. The most recent orbits apparently show
no signals at all. Stay tuned...
- Somehow, I just had a feeling that this was going to happen. Anyway,
first pass here will be around 3:57 AM local time (or 5:32, depending on
who you ask), I'll be monitoring (with my broken dipole)...
Laryn Lohman wrote:
> Via NASA TV at 2300 local, I have heard that the first few orbits of Suitsat
> produced <extremely> weak signals. The most recent orbits apparently show
> no signals at all. Stay tuned...
> Laryn K8TVZ