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Author Topic: Failed first attempt to work ISS (Rookie)  (Read 2598 times)
KD0TLI
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« on: November 30, 2012, 04:08:54 AM »

New ham with a rookie question.

Went out at 5am today to try my first sat contact - the ISS - nice pass almost overhead.
Couldnt hear anything but static on 144.49 & 145.800.

Thought I had all my ducks in a row and was supprised not to hear anything ?

(using an Arrow dual band antenna with Baofeng UV-5RA).

Thanks for any advice you can give me.
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N8HM
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 05:02:02 AM »

No voice systems are active on the ISS at the moment unless the crew is making contacts. You'll want to try working SO-50.
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W5PFG
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 05:30:15 AM »

Went out at 5am today to try my first sat contact - the ISS - nice pass almost overhead.
Couldnt hear anything but static on 144.49 & 145.800.

Typically packet/APRS is your only option for utilizing the ISS.  You need to do some reading on www.issfanclub.com.  The voice repeater has been off for quite a while.
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