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Category: Amateur Radio


In the previous post, I have mentioned that I am currently engaged in amateur radio activities, particularly, satellite communications. At the moment, I am only receiving transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS). Shown below is the gear I use to send and receive SSTV images.

Equipment for Sending and Receiving SSTV Images

  • Transmitter (Motorola CP1660) + DIY connector (smart phone’s line out to transmitter’s microphone in) + encoder (smart phone with SSTV Encoder app)
  • Receiver (Motorola CP1660) + DIY connector (transmitter’s line out to smart phone’s microphone in) + decoder (smart phone with Robot 36 app)
SSTV RX TX

Equipment for sending and receiving SSTV images

For more info about amateur radio in the field of astronomy, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Through amateur radio, you can engage in various activities such as receiving images from the ISS, use various satellites as relay stations, bounce a signal off the moon, or talk to the astronauts on the ISS (as it orbits 400 kilometers above)!

SSTV
Received image from the ISS, while I was on a parking lot with a radio receiver

To learn more about amateur radio in astronomy (do not confuse it with radio astronomy, it is a different field), click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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