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Author Topic: QSO with I.S.S.  (Read 3823 times)
KG6YSF
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« on: October 25, 2012, 06:16:18 PM »

Lots of letters but interesting. I would like to try to make a contact with the International Space Station. What do I need to get started?
I have a Yaesu FT-8900 and a Drake TR-7. So I have UHF/VHF and HF covered radio wise. What kind of antennas are needed? Is there a web site that tracks the orbit of the I.S.S.?
This is one of the reasons that I got into ham. 
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2012, 06:40:07 PM »

It can be done with a HT and a small 3 element 2m yagi.

All you need to know: http://www.issfanclub.com/
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KA4POL
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2012, 10:32:27 PM »

For information see: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/reference/radio/
Actually a rubber duckie will do fine as I have experienced.
Good luck!
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KD4LLA
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2012, 05:52:17 PM »

Use Heavens-Above for info on tracking the ISS and many different satellites.

http://www.heavens-above.com/

Mike
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