Got my ARISS SSTV award today from a download last weekend. I used the homebrew antenna, a Baofeng and a portable recorder to record the audio which was uploaded to MMSSTV. It was a low pass of the ISS, never more than 19 degrees above the horizon and around a minimum of 1200km. I reckon I picked up the sig when they were over the mid-Atlantic and lost it when they were over Chad. So, I am pleased to get the award considering the basic equipment used. Now on to bigger things, a tracking rotator and 2M plus 70cms crossed yagis for circular polarisation. All homebrew.
At the third attempt I managed to copy an SSTV image from the ISS. It is noisy as it was orbit 1924 which showed a minimum distance of 1038km and maximum elevation of 19.15 degrees.
I used the dual band antenna I made last week with a Baofeng GT-3 and a Zoom H5 audio recorder. It all worked well enough but a bit more gain at 2m would have helped. I am thinking of making crossed yagis for both 2m and 70cms. As the wind chill was somewhere around -3C today the new antennas will be motor driven!