ISS Packet

I enjoy making contacts via the ISS packet digipeater.   I highly recommend you give it a try if you have a terrestrial packet station!  Because the ISS is in Low Earth Orbit (LEO,) it is the only current satellite with amateur capability that I’d say is “easy” with a vertical, omni-directional antenna.  You can even make contacts from your car with an omni.  My only suggestion is do not OVER-BEACON (sending packets repeatedly until you brute force a digipeated packet.)

I do not enjoy copying beacons from unattended stations via the ISS packet digipeater.  It is very annoying.  Any idiot can setup a packet beacon.

For my ISS packet station, I utilize the following:

  • Antenna: M2 2M7 (mounted horizontally)
  • Rotor: Yaesu G-5500 Azimuth / Elevation Rotor
  • Feedline: LMR-400 Ultraflex
  • AMSAT LVB USB Rotor to Computer Interface
  • Tigertronics SignaLink USB Computer Interface/Soundcard 
  • Tracking Software: SatPC32 12.8c
  • Software TNC Interface: UZ7HO Soundmodem Software v45
  • Terminal Software for Keyboard to Keyboard Contacts: UISS by ON6MU v5.3

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