- Has there ever been a 432 frequency designated as a calling frequency for ISS scatter? Many of you may have read about the successful QSO between DJ5AR andMessage 1 of 4 , May 29, 2013View Source
Has there ever been a 432 frequency designated as a calling frequency for ISS scatter?
Many of you may have read about the successful QSO between DJ5AR and
Jan, PA3FXB using the ISS as a
passive reflector, similar to airplane scatter or EME.
Using EME protocols and periods of 30 seconds, they completed the QSO
using CW. This involved modifying
satellite tracking software, and compensating for the Doppler shift. You
can read details and hear audio files on
DJ5AR's blog here:
This is quite an accomplishment, but I instantly began to wonder if it
couldn't also be pulled off with much simpler
equipment using WSJT software such as FSK441 (commonly used for rapidly
moving meteor scatter QSO's).
Doppler shift would not be a problem, even with the quick moving ISS,
since the software is already optimized for
short transmission periods.
It might be necessary to modify the standard messaging to allow for a
complete QSO exchange to happen faster,
or to shorten the periods to 15 seconds.
432 MHz has already proven to be very productive for airplane scatter,
so I also wondered if 432 might be a good
band for this type of experimentation. Lots of satellite operators are
already equipped to operate on 432 and to track
the ISS in real time with their antennas.
I'd love to hear some discussion about the possibility of this. It could
open up a lot of potential grid squares on 432 and 1296
simply using FSK441.
Another problem to be solved is classifying the propagation mode in LoTW
and other logging software. Would this be considered "airplane scatter"
or would we have to invent a whole new name for this?
Congratulations to both hams for this accomplishment!
Les Rayburn, N1LF
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