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ARISS HamTV Minitiouner

Following the successful inaugural use of HamTV during ARISS Scheduled Contacts in the UK with ESA Astronaut Tim Peake, there has been much interest in radio amateurs establishing their own HamTV station. Jean-Pierre Courjard, F6DZP, designer and implementer of the successful Tutioune series of software created a new USB connected DATV decoder and related software …

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ISS

HamTV – Overview

  ARISS HamVideo Transmitter on board the International Space Station   Name definitions “HamVideo” is the name of the Digital Amateur Television (DATV) transmitter on board the Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS) “HamTV” is the name of the amateur radio activities using Ham Video     HamVideo characteristics Ham Video downlink frequencies: …

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HamTV Power Levels

The HamVideo power levels in the table at the bottom of this page result from worst case computations, intended for the  evaluation of system efficiency. See Link budget computation by I0KPT. As shown in fig 2, the ISS orbits at about 400km above the surface of the earth. That is the distance between the ISS …

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HamTV reception with TT S2-1600 PCI card

Since 2014, ground stations have used the Techno Trend TT S2-1600 PCI card for reception of the DATV signals transmitted by the HamVideo transmitter. This card is not produced anymore, but some are offered for purchase on Ebay. The TT S2-1600 PCI card comprises: a zero tuner a QPSK DVB-S demodulator a Transport Stream to …

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Tutioune 1600 receiving software

Jean-Pierre Courjaud F6DZP wrote dedicated software for the reception of HamVideo signals. The Tutioune 1600 software commands the TT S2-1600 PCI card and handles the transport stream. In ISS mode it also adds the missing DVB tables. The program not only delivers video and audio, but also provides technical parameters such as RF power and …

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Ancillary software

Jean-Pierre Courjaud F6DZP wrote software to facilitate antenna setup and WiFi interference observation. The Noise Power Measuring tool (NPM) can be used to measure the sun noise on S-band. A special version of Orbitron/whispDDE sends commands to the azimuth and elevation motors, providing offsets  from minus 10° to plus 10° from the sun coordinates. The …

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European chained HamTV ground stations

To provide 10 minutes of HamVideo reception, a chain of ground stations located along the pass of the ISS footprint, is needed. In Europe, the following stations participate to this chain: For descending passes: EI9FHB, Cork, Ireland F6DZP, Poitiers, France IK1SLD, Casale Monferrato, northern Italy IZ7EVR, southern Italy (not operational) On the world map, one …

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