Monday, July 22, 2019

Two SSTV events during July 29 - August 4.

Below is the scheduled (as of July 22) for the planned activation of SSTV from the ISS. The first session is the routine MAI-75 activity that is only active for a few orbits. It appears that the most of the world (except N. America) will get a shot during the two day run. Some lucky operators along the east coast of North America should get a pass on July 29.

Inter-MAI-75 activity
(July 29) GMT 210/13:15  – SSTV activate
(July 29) GMT 210/21:25  – SSTV power down

(July 30) GMT 211/13:50 – SSTV power up
(July 30) GMT 211/19:30 – SSTV shutdown

The second event will be a world wide event running from August 1 through August 4 and will be a memorial  event to honor Owen Garriott - W5LFL. He was the first person to operate amateur radio from space. We owe much to his efforts to bring the hobby to space for other operators. The schedule is below  (as of July 22)

ARISS Garriott memorial SSTV activity
(Aug 01) GMT 213/09:40  – SSTV activate
(Aug 02) GMT 214/14:00 – SSTV check
(Aug 04) GMT 216/18:15 – SSTV shutdown

** Update July 23, 2019**

The content of the upcoming SSTV transmissions may change. An update is expected after Friday, July 26 as to what the image content will be for the August 1-4 dates.

**Update July 29, 2019**
Reports indicate that some of the MAI-75 passes have audio that is normal and others have weak audio (signal strength is fine in both cases). Guessing that the hardware interface between the radio and computer may be having an intermittent issue as the computer was recently worked upon.

**Update July 30, 2019**
Confirmed that the SSTV images to be sent from Aug. 1-4 will be the Owen Garriott images. It is unknown how the current hardware issue will impact the operation during this period of time.

**Update July 31, 2019**
Below is the recent news release from ARISS. Of particular note is the mention of a certificate for successfully receiving and posting of one of the Garriott images.

ARISS News Release                                                                                                  No. 19-12

Dave Jordan, AA4KN
July 30, 2019
SSTV Event planned for Early August

ARISS plans to celebrate the life and accomplishments of astronaut, scientist and ham radio pioneer Owen Garriott with a commemorative SSTV event featuring images from Garriott’s work with ham radio during his missions in space. This event is currently scheduled to begin on August 1 at 09:40 UTC and ends at 18:15 UTC on August 4. Please make note that the content of these upcoming SSTV transmissions may change. An update is expected after Friday, July 26 as to what the image content will be for the August 1-4 dates. If this change takes place, the Owen Garriott image transmissions will be postponed until another event can be scheduled toward the end of August.

Transmissions will be sent at 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public at and you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. See for details. Also for simplicity, we have added a new information tab for SSTV events, under the General Contacts pulldown menu at . The latest updates can also be found at the ARISS Facebook site Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) and on Twitter @ARISS_status.