Reading these gets me thinking...
The packet traffic, is it standard AX-25 like what we hams use or is it another format?
I used to run software that could decode most things, great for pagers etc.
This was so long ago, I forget what it is, but there is tons of stuff out there for the listener.
I once heard the ISS calling CQ. I have my V/UHF FM ham rig programmed for the ISS.
This was the time when "the space tourist" was up.
He finished talking to a school and called CQ.
I replied, no answer. I called again, no answer. This continued until I lost the ISS.
It was only then that I realised that I had not pushed my Split frequency button in, so I was calling him back on the frequency he was calling on, rather than the frequency he was listening on
I am certain that my 50 Watts into a decent antenna would have made the trip. I have regretted this ever since. I have worked through less able "satellites" using just 5 watts from a hand held!
I now have the rig programmed so that it transmits and receives on the right frequency automatically, so I cannot screw up next time
For a while I had a hard drive based MP3 machine connected to my rig.
The rig would scan both the Ham ISS freq and the official ISS freq. If anything came along, the recorder would turn on and record it until it faded. I have hours of russian chat, but very little english
I can dig some of these out if anyone is interested.
I once came last in an astronomy competition.
I was awarded a constellation prize
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