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HAMTV from the ISS seen in Australia

Date : 18 / 10 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The first live HAMTV transmission from the International Space has been received in Australia. Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI reports his ground station received vision and sound from Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ Zero JPA on Monday, as he prepared for an interview with the Italian Red Cross.

It was a low elevation pass over Australia but the transmission was a big surprise. Tony VK5ZAI was not really expecting a transmission except perhaps a black screen as he experimented with an antenna, and up popped Paolo who was rehearsing. So amazed he captured the HAM-TV transmission on a video recording and took a few still photos off the screen as well.

One ground station in Italy thought at first it might have more colour-bars, but shared the excitement that VK5ZAI had scored a live transmission from an astronaut. These recordings have now been shared with HAM-TV equipped ground stations in Europe and Australia. These include Shane VK4KHZ, Martin VK6MJ, and Joe VK5EI, who may be considered in the future to form a chain of ground stations for vision from the International Space Station.


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