Hams interested in receiving SSTV from the International Space Station (ISS) users may find the Spacecomms ISS SSTV Reception Hints and AMSAT-UK How to hear the ISS pages to be useful resources for getting started.
According to AMSAT-UK it doesn’t take an elaborate rig to listen to the ISS:
Almost any 144 MHz FM rig will receive the ISS, you can even use a general coverage VHF scanner with an external antenna. As far as the antenna is concerned the simpler the better. A 1/4 wave ground plane has a high angle of radiation and works well.1
ISS SSTV Reception Hints includes sections discussing:
- Recommended decoding software
- Tracking the ISS
- What to expect during a pass
How to hear the ISS includes sections discussing:
- What equipment do you need to hear the ISS ?
- Listening Online
- What will you hear ?
- When to listen
- Doppler Shift
“How to hear the ISS”, AMSAT-UK Radio Amateur Satellites, retrieved April 11 2019, https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-hear-the-iss/. ↩︎