ISS SSTV - Slow-Scan TV


Images can be received by merely holding your radio next to your smartphone ...

Black Cat Systems' CQ SSTV for the iPhone

AMSAT-UK article on starting out in SSTV ops.

Amateur Radio on International Space Station


North America

I never thought it could be so easy ...

Many of the images on this page were captured with a VERY basic setup: a Yaesu FT-60R radio programmed to 145.800mHZ, a simple tape measure beam, and a great $3 iOS app from Black Cat Systems entitled "CQ SSTV."

If the setup looks and sounds familiar, it's the same radio and antenna used to speak with an astronaut on Field Day 2014 who was aboard the ISS at the time.

Receiving beautiful SSTV images from the ISS was really painless! I merely held my iPhone near my HT's speaker, set the app to the PD120 mode (the mode will be announced wuith the schedules), and received clean graphics immediately.

The link above to the AMSAT-UK has setups for other computer operating systems.

I didn't think there was too much left in the amateur world to get me as excited ... but I was wrong!

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MAI-75 SSTV activity planned for Aug 4 and 5

The final crew schedule for the week of Aug 3-9 was released recently and it showed a MAI-75 activity scheduled for Aug 4 and 5. This is soon after the Space X Demo-2 undock so changes to that event could impact the schedule.

The current dates and times of the activity are as follows:

Aug 4 (12:25-18:10 UTC) is setup and day 1.

Aug 5 (08:15-18:25) is day 2 and close out of operations.

This is the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment that is activate for orbital passes over Moscow, Russia. It has traditionally been PD-180 or PD-120 and transmitting on 145.800 MHz.

     -August 3, 2020 - ARISS Blog

YES - You can receive (pun intended) a QSL card from the ISS for just hearing it! Please send your QSL report by mail  to the address of the office listed below for your region. Include in your QSL report: date, time in UTC, frequency and mode (voice, packet or sstv). If you wish to receive a card, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with proper postage or with sufficient International Reply Coupons (at least 2 IRCs).


Send your QSL cards or reports to one of the following addresses:

United States:

Bruce Hunter, W6WW


13436 Lakota Road

Apple Valley CA 92308

Canada and the Americas, except USA:

Radio Amateurs of Canada


720 Belfast Road, Suite 217

Ottawa Ontario

K1G 0Z5

Europe, Africa and the Middle East:

Christophe Candébat , F1MOJ

ARISS Europe QSL Manager

19 Chemin des Escoumeilles

66820 Vernet les Bains


Japan, Asia, Pacific and Australia:


JARL International Section

Otsuka HT Bldg.

3-43-1 Minamiotsuka


Tokyo 170-8073



Alexander Davydov, RN3DK

Novo - Mytishchinsky prospekt 52 - 111

Mytishchi 18, Moskovskaya obl.

141018, RUSSIA