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 the iPhone
AMSAT-UK article 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 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!
JUNE, 2021 - SSTV will be OFF June 25 from ~06:35 until ~19:35 UTC to support the U.S. EVA.
MAY, 2021 - Waiting for announcement of a possible SSTV peroject ...
APRIL, 2021 - A LOT of activity in Russia surrounding Yuri's night mid-April. BUT ... a crew change and a LOT of projects on board may mean anticipated SSTV project from the ISS in April may not happen - STAY TUNED!
Another Russia-centric event 1/28-29/2021 - It was marvelous!
THE ISS SSTV EVENT 12/24-31, 2020 WAS ALSO WILDLY SUCCESSFUL!!!
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
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
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!