IT CAN BE VERY SIMPLE TO DECODE!
Images can be received by merely holding your radio next to your smartphone.
Get a QSL card for just HEARING the ISS - details below!
Black Cat Systems' CQ SSTV
for Apple iOS
on starting out in SSTV ops.
Amateur Radio on International Space Station
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 , and a great ~$3.50 iOS app from
If the setup looks and sounds familiar, it's the same radio and antenna used to - 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 with the schedules), and received clean graphics immediately.
The link above to AMSAT-UK has a great page with 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!
MORE SSTV events from the ISS in March-April, 2022!
Successful event first week of February, 2022 - Moscow-centric.
An exciting ARISS SSTV event ran from December 26-31, 2021.
The "theme" was "lunar exploration." Image 1/12 of this project appears above.
The event was on the ISS SSTV frequency of 145.800 MHz, and the graphics mode was PD 120.
Start – Dec 26 at 18:25 UTC
Stop – Dec 31 at 16:15 UTC
SCROLL BELOW for info on obtaining a QSL card from the ISS, and "diplomas" offered!
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:
Bruce Hunter, W6WW
ARISS USA QSL Manager
13436 Lakota Road
Apple Valley CA 92308
Canada and the Americas, except USA:
Radio Amateurs of Canada
217-720 Belfast Rd
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:
ARISS Japan QSL
JARL International Section
Otsuka HT Bldg.
Alexander Davydov, RN3DK
Novo - Mytishchinsky prospekt 52 - 111
Mytishchi 18, Moskovskaya obl.
That's front-page, above-the-fold coverage of our ARISS chat with the ISS!
Several organizations have developed and offer free "diplomas" for your reception of SSTV images from the ISS. They are fun, artful - and when you see a PayPal button for any of these sites, please send a couple dollars in appreciation of their work for YOU!
Watch ISS/SSTV-related Facebook posts and sites for specific instructions for them!
And don't forget your ISS QSL Card! Please drop a bit of paper money in your mailed request ... these hams are ALL volunteers! This is THIS PAGE'S URL - the mailing addresses are above!