Receive SSTV from ISS ! Very easy.
Receive SSTV from ISS ! Very easy.

Great news! The ISS is transmitting almost every two months a SSTV (Slow scan television) image. Stay tuned!

How to receive SSTV from ISS ?

The Russian team are planning to activate SSTV from the International Space Station (ISS). Check out here how and when! The transmissions will be continued until Saturday December 31, 2025.

The international space station

What kind of equipment the ISS has?

The equipment used is a Kenwood D710 transceiver running about 25 watts output which provides strong signals enabling reception using simple VHF radio.

Which mode should I set to receive SSTV ?

SSTV mode will be PD180 : Frequency 145.800 MHz with 3 minute off periods between transmissions. Twelve different photos will be sent during the operational period.

Which antenna set up do you advice to have?

Well the good news is that you do not need a yagi antenna! Yes! Just the rubber antenna of your handheld is perfect!! I would suggest you some easy portable setup like the Yaesu FT 817 / Yaesu FT 818.

The arrow antenna to receive with your QRP the ISS
The arrow antenna to receive with your QRP the ISS

I will be tuned on the VHF frequency with my ARROW antenna and my FT 817 🙂 Don’t you know this beautiful antenna? It’s very portable and directive antenna.

During most of a pass the ISS may be more than 15 degrees above the horizon so an antenna with a high radiation angle will give better results. Simple antennas such as an outdoor ¼ wave ground plane or dipole should give good results. Large 2m colinear antennas don’t work quite as well because their radiation pattern is concentrated at the horizon.