Friday evening I recorded the Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) contact between the International Space Station in space
and Focus Camp, Candriai, Italy / Euro Space Center, Redu, Belgium. I
used the Arrow satellite antenna on a tripod and my Commtel com225
scanner to tune in to the downlink signal since that scanner has both
an internal speaker and a line output for a tape recorder.
Recording ARISS contact - Laptop, recording ARISS contact, scanner, Arrow satellite antenna on tripod
Recording ARISS contact - Laptop with gpredict, backup radio, scanner tuned to 145.800
I had a bit
of a problem setting up my laptop to have the input in line input mode,
but after I fixed that I was able to record audio from the scanner while
listening. The results didn't turn out very well, the antenna was in our
backyard between houses which means houses are always in the way of weak
signals until the object is right overhead. And the antenna is quite
directional on 2 meter, so an azimuth/elevation rotor would have helped
a bit in getting the best signal.
But I do have audio of some of the answers. I edited the audio to lower the
noise audio level and the recording is limited to the part where I successfully
recorded audio. The voice of the astronaut sinking away in the noise at the
end is a bit of a "Major Tom" moment.