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I'm surprised at how much news coverage SuitSat's getting. I first heard about it several weeks ago on an amateur radio satellite mailing list and figured it for an obscure experiment. But it has been covered on NPR and CNN.

It's going to be making a good pass over this area tomorrow morning, and I'm going to listen for it. Apparently “The SSTV signal can be decoded with personal computer SSTV software after you connect your computer to the speaker output of your radio.” I wasn't planning on recording the audio, but now that I think about it, it should be pretty simple. Tonight's mission: finding the right audio cable to connect my radio with my laptop's microphone jack.

Update: I watched the suit deployment on NASA TV. Spacesuits really are quite rigid. From a moderate distance, a spacesuit stuffed with electronics looks pretty much like a spacesuit stuffed with a person. Which is pretty eerie to watch float away in space.


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Feb. 7th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Did you hear SuitSat?
Did you hear SuitSat? My understanding is that the signal has been very weak and extremely difficult to copy.

Please e-mail me re: the callsign thing. I'd be happy to remove the reference if you wish. The thing is I found it on qrz.com, as can anyone since your full name is listed on live.linuxchix.org. Most hams do refer to one another by first name and callsign. I will, of course, respect your wishes in any case.

All the best,
Feb. 7th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Did you hear SuitSat?
No, I listened, but I didn't hear SuitSat at all. Given that I don't have a fancy setup with preamps and stuff, and after hearing reports of how weak the signal seems to be, I didn't set my hopes too high anyway.
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