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04 August 2011

ARISsat-1 heard over South Africa

Image: NASA

Just returned from an open field where I setup a homebrew portable satellite station.  Used a Yaesu VX7 handheld and two element  2 meter homebrew yagi antenna.  Once again not a great pass. Max elevation only 29 Degrees at 09h45 UTC.

Managed to copy voice messages, temperature announcements and SSTV broadcasts.  The tumbling "effect" was clearly noticeable but at times very clear audio was heard.

Great to have heard ARISSat in South Africa!!

Click on the following links to listen to the audio as downloaded at Mossel Bay:

30 July 2011 21h20 MP3 425K   (Test transmission from ISS on 30 July 2011 copied with handheld radio and rubber-duck antenna.)

4 August 2011 09h40 MP3 646K

4 August 2011 09h40 MP3 454K

4 August 2011 09h40 MP3 692K

4 August 2011 09h40 MP3 613K

(Audio recordings un-edited.)