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I listened to the space station in April – here's how (mide.io)
6 points by mide on July 14, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments

Wow, that's a cool setup! I love the measuring tap yagi idea. I've been doing amateur radio for about six months now. It's a fun hobby, especially when you get into transmitting on HF. The first time I made successful contact to somebody in Europe from my little vertical whip and radio was so exhilarating! I have yet to work any satellites, but if it's that easy, I should definitely give it a try soon.

That's so cool - I have an HF rig and I did try to build my own G5RV, but I found that I cut the matching portion of the latter line too short, which is causing for some of the RF to get back into the shack.

A buddy of mine just got me some custom QSL cards, so I have no excuse not to fix my antenna and get on the air!

Very interesting, congratulations. Have you tried qsstv?

No, I haven't, but I am looking for a good desktop application to receive SSTV. The mobile app I use can determine the protocol automatically, so I'd want a desktop app that can do the same.


I'm absolutely newbie on this field but if qsstv is not what you need you should also consider to take a look to the Debian hamradio project: (https://wiki.debian.org/DebianHams)

Some of the software included in the precompiled debian packages:

Gpredict (Real time satellite tracking): http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/

Yagi uda project (design and analyze performance of yagi antennae) http://www.g8wrb.org/yagi/

Freedv (digital speech radio): http://freedv.org/tiki-index.php

GNU-AIS (Decode messages from ships and coastal stations): http://gnuais.sourceforge.net/

Multimon radio decoder (use your sound target as a modem). http://linux.maruhn.com/sec/multimon.html

GRIG: Hamlib based radio control library http://groundstation.sourceforge.net/grig/

Chirp (configure your baofeng UV-5R radio) http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Home

List of debian packages available with: apt search ^hamradio

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