SuitSat Audio

SuitSat Audio Recordings from Amateur Radio Operators around the world

In February 2006, SuitSat was released from the International Space Station.  SuitSat (also known as Mr. Smith, Ivan Ivanovich, RadioSkaf, Radio Sputnik and AMSAT-OSCAR 54) was a retired Russian Orlan spacesuit with a radio transmitter mounted on its helmet.  After SuitSat’s release, nothing was heard from it’s RF transmitter as expected. It was very quickly declared “dead”. As time went on, stations around the world reported weak signals received from SuitSat and there was a groundswell of Amateur Radio operators that recorded the signals. This website became the collection point for these recordings and SSTV pictures.

Below is a collection of status reports and audio recordings from Amateur Radio Operators around the world.

ATTENTION TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS: Feel free to use any and all audio and pictures from this site in your classes. This site is here for the benefit of all to experience SuitSat-1!

Excellent Quality Audio by VE6BLD, Canada
SuitSat Greeting and Special Word by VE6BLD, Canada
Telemetry by N2SPI, New York, USA
First Telemetry Recorded! by VE6BLD, Canada
Girl’s Voice in English, Russian Voice by VE6BLD, Canada
Girl’s Voice – “This is SuitSat1” by DF7IT, Germany
CW and SSTV Audio by W7TYN, Oregon, USA
Entire SSTV Sequence (with fading) by ON6HN, Belgium


SuitSat has Re-entered the Atmosphere

On September 7, 2006 at 16:00 GMT, SuitSat-1 re-entered about 1400 km south-southwest of Western Australia.

I would like to thank everyone that submitted audio and SSTV picture reports. This has made SuitSat very enjoyable for those of us that were never able to hear SuitSat for ourselves (me included)! Even though SuitSat did not transmit as intended, it still has had a very positive impact. Over the past two weeks, I have received e-mails from at least a dozen people that have become interested in Amateur Radio because of SuitSat. One of them, Paul Lenharr II, now has his technician license (KB3NDS) and is already active on satellites! I made contact with him on AO-51 a few nights ago. Congratulations, Paul! Even for someone that has been involved in amateur radio and amateur satellites for a number of years, SuitSat has impacted me too! I was inspired mostly by VE6BLD’s station, and I am now in the process of building two cross polarized yagi’s for 2m and 70cm. I’ve always wanted to do it, but SuitSat has pushed me along with this project.

Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to SuitSat-2 !!

A.J. Farmer, AJ3U

SuitSat Imaged by Meteor Watcher in Singapore

Just found out from your website that SuitSat1 is no longer transmitting. I have a image of the passing SuitSat-1 on Feb 18 20 using my meteor video detecting system. You can see the 5.4s tumbling there …

Really enjoyed your website on SuitSat..resources!


SSTV Picture from N4HY, New Jersey, USA

Comment: These are the amateur radio antennas that have been mounted on the outside of the International Space Station. – A.J.

The WA1 (or whatever) is definitely there and I think we are seeing a shot of the installation occurring on an EVA. These are composites that I did image processing on.

SuitSat Carrier Picture from N3UC, Virginia, USA

I figured you might want to put this file on your Web site. It is a plot of the last pass I received Suitsat, 2/17/2006 at 6:07am EST. The radio was tracking Doppler but a time offset caused the bell curve shape). SuitSat has always been about 500 Hz high as received by my IC-910. The signals that go across the spectrum are local signal and there for don’t track with the Doppler. The radio update rate can be seen in the time between the marks from these signals.

I have other images when the time was correct on the Tracking computer that show the suitsat signals in a line instead of showing the bell shape.

The times for each of the ID cycles can be recovered and one can tell which cycle suitsat was sending when.

The audio files are available as well as other images if you would like any, just let me know.

I have not received any signals from suitsat after this pass…

– Michael
AO-27 Control Operator

Final Telemetry Update from N2SPI, New York, USA

Richard, N2SPI, has also not heard SuitSat on the last four passes. Check the telemetry page for details.

SuitSat Not Heard by VE6BLD, Canada

I do not normally post “not heard” reports, but considering the drop in voltage noted by Richard, N2SPI and the fact that Bob, VE6BLD has almost always heard SuitSat, I am regretably posting this report from V36BLD”
Hello AJ and all…
Well I never heard a sound from suit sat during the 11:28 pass at 24 degrees elevation. My next pass was at 67 degrees and still not any audio at all!! I think Suit Sat has expired as far as audio transmisions are concerned!! If it has indeed dropped in voltage below a critical 9 volts then all I can say is it has been a very exciting experience to have had the oportunity to receive so many clips of audio over the last two weeks. I would like to thank everyone involved is getting Suit Sat operational. It has been a great experience and a pleasure to pass on the reception reports I have received.!!
73 to all
Bob King

SSTV Picture is Robotic Arm?

I believe that the structures in the right side of the SSTV image are part of the Canadarm2 — the robotic arm that is used for transporting and positioning objects and
astronauts/cosmonauts outside the ISS. Similarities are evident in two attached photos from reference sites

Richard, N1ASA
Director, NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium
Western Kentucky Unviersity

New Telemetry from N2SPI, New York, USA

Voltage appears to be dropping! See the telemetry page.

SuitSat Audio from PD0RKC, Netherlands

At 17-feb I’ve monitored 2 SUITSAT passes, in one pass I received
a good SUITSAT signal with the American message with the special word FREEDOM!
After 30 seconds you hear SSTV.

An pass earlier I’ve heard (weak) the Russian message.

Japanese Message Translation from JE9PEL, Japan

Roman letters:
Sekai no minasan, konnichi wa. Boku-tachi, watasi-tachi wa Iruma_
si jidou sentaa de musen ya … nado no katsudou wo site imasu.
… boku-tachi … ai-kotoba wa fuji-san desu.

Translation Japanese voice message:
Hello all the world, we are taking an active part in the amateur
radio in our “Child center in Iruma-city”.
The watchword is “Mount Fuji”.

Name: Mineo Wakita / JE9PEL, JAMSAT member

SSTV Picture from DJ3AK, Denmark

I received this SSTV picture from Suitsat-1 at 01:44UTC this morning (17.02.06). It reveals some sharp details in the upper half so maybe it helps in deciphering what the
picture shows.
vy 73 Detlef, DJ3AK

SuitSat Audio from KA3JAW, Florida, USA

On February 17, 2006 at 03:00:24 to 03:00:44 UTC (20 seconds) heard and open-aired recorded SuitSat-1 (AO-54) female voice identification “This is suitsat-1 amateur radio station RS0RS” which lasted four seconds, then three seconds of a deep fade-out, then three seconds later what sounds like the word “Canada” from a non-English female speaker, possibly Russian. The rest of the audio is too weak to extract any further words. RF signal strength ranged from 1.0 – 2.0 db in FM mode on 145.990 MHZ. Antenna azimuth was 315 deg. with elevation at 72 deg.

a. Kenwood – TR-9130, 2 Meter transceiver-all mode
b. Cushcraft -145X20, 2 meter yagi antenna with 10 horizontal elements (10 vertical elements removed)
c. RF Concepts – RFC-217, 2 Meter RF Amplifier with built-in 10 db receive preamplifier

Thanks for your blog.
Mike Schaffer/KA3JAW/4

SuitSat Audio from JR4BRS, Japan

Dear AJ3U
New report from JAPAN.
06/02/16 13:03 UTC received SuitSat-1 signal from JR4BRS / Nagao
He useing IC-820 1x9ele V-pol Yagi
The following address wav file pointer.

SSTV Image Composite from N1ASA, Kentucky, USA

I’ve pulled together more of the SSTV “puzzle” by detailed mining of all of the SSTV images provided so far on your site. Everyone’s images contributed, and I would add special thanks to VE6BLD and N2SPI for exceptional coverage of the passes. The image appears to be some part of the ISS structure with the earth below, as seen from the ISS. Recognition of which part would likely require extreme familiarity with the detailed views available from ISS ports or on spacewalks.

AJ, thanks to you, to KF4MOU (video website), to PD0RKC (website), and to all contributors worldwide for the tremendous efforts in publicly presenting a collective “picture” of the SuitSat mission. All of this is an example of amateur radio at its best, and an inspiration for scientific/technical education and participation
in a truly international space adventure.

Richard, N1ASA
Director, NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium
Western Kentucky University

SuitSat Audio from JR6PUE, Japan


SuitSat-1 06/02/14 14:09 UTC Orbit 167

SuitSat-1 06/02/16 13:21 UTC Orbit 198
Signal very weak

CW and Telemetry from Y08KGA, Romania

Recorded Feb 14 2006 2326UTC
Hello dear A.J. Heard partial ID and telemetry on 145.990: “RS0RS (mission time is 01)5776 minutes… the battery voltage is 26.5” and after 30 seconds pause a weaker ID. Rig FT847 without external preamp,about 20m RG213 cable, antenna was half (8 elements) of a F9FT , azimuth 360 degrees, elevation 60 degrees using a “chair type rotator” (hi.see photo), closest range 398km. This was a team work done by Ady YO8AZQ, Sebi YO8SSH, Ady YO8SSX, Cezar YO8TLC (that’s me) at the club station YO8KGA. We wish you all best receiving sessions.
73 de YO8KGA!

SuitSat Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 16, 2006 at 1026UTC
Hello A J .. Here are the clips from orbit 196. The first one is a foreign message at 03.30am at 45 degrees, second an excellent signal S9 plus of the USA message and special word FREEDOM at 68 degrees at 03.31am,then cw id and SSTV with noise at 03.32 from 32 to 22 degrees. I am waiting for a good SSTV at TCA!!73 for now..

SuitSat Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 16, 2006 at 0854UTC
Good morning everyone. I copied the end of SSTV sequence at 25 degrees at 01.54am, then fairly good telemetry at 50 degrees at 01.55am (0?7773), (??? degrees??), (The battery voltage is 26.??) I copied excellent S9 plus audio at 68 degrees of foreign language at 01.56am!! The last two clips at 30 and 18 degrees are very weak audio.
73 to all from Bob
VE6BLD DO32 Lacombe Alberta Canada

Running Telemetry Tabulation by N2SPI

Running telemetry from N2SPI is now on its own page.

SSTV Composite Image from K4FMOU

AJ, I didn’t actually receive this SSTV Image. I took the best parts from each image and place them into one. I tried to clean the image up the best I can, but I still can’t tell what it is. Do you have any idea what the picture is of? Like your brain teaser earlier it might be cool to see if someone could guess the picture. I know the web site must take up a lot of your time, but I just want to say I sure appreciate the
resource! take care,

Japanese Message from PD0RKC, Netherlands

Hello All, Also in the last high elevation (52 degrees) pass (at 02:55UTC) I heard the
SUITSAT id with (noisy) parts of the Japanese message.
Here is the audio recording:
73’s Cor PD0RKC

SuitSat ID, Telemetry, Message, from PD0RKC, Netherlands

SUITSAT id, telemetry, msg (16-feb-2006 01:20UTC).
Hello All, I heard girl voice: This is SUITSAT 1 amateur radio station RS0RS, a part of telemetry and msg.

Mission time: ?..732..?
Battery voltage: 26.?

Maybe someone (with good ears) can find more in my recording:

73’s Cor PD0RKC

SSTV from PD0RKC, Netherlands

So I would say to all (those who have no elevation rotators) put your yagi with high elevation in the mast and I’m sure you will receive SUITSAT even when you do not have a preamp. So do not give up, and go hunt for the SUITSAT signals (and certificate!). It is NOT too late!!!!!! Listen to my audio recording (15-feb).
My equipment:
Kenwood TS-790E
12 elements Maspro X yagi (LHPC & RHPC).
Modified SSB electronics preamp (CF300 GaAsfet).
73’s Cor PD0RKC
P.s. tnx N5VHO for advise!

CW and SSTV Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 15 2006 1007UTC
February 15 Hello AJ and everyone. On orbit number 180 this early morning at 3:06 I copied very weak audio at 24 degrees, then at 3:07 good cw id and my best SSTV with three lines of text!!(Russian message),(Congratulations Bauman Moscow),(State Technical University)!! from 44-63 degrees. There was nothing sent during TCA at 78 degrees this pass. Then at 3:08 I copied more telemetry at 50 degrees (mission time is 01???3 minutes, the temperature is 15 degrees celsius,????is 20????5 volts,) the last very weak audio was at 26 degrees. I include the SSTV picture.
73 to everyone for now

Telemetry from VE2IQ, Canada

Hi AJ: Got a small piece of telemetry from the pass 0809z..0819z – Feb 15, 2006. It may be significant: looks like the battery voltage has dropped to 26.5V – I just got the “.5 ” end of the value, but that’s probably what she said. This telem clip was selected from the whole pass audio at approx 0839z Feb 15.
Bill VE2IQ

Telemetry from DJ3AK, Germany

Dear A.J., this morning (15.02.2006) at 02:33UTC I received the following SUITSAT-1 telemetry information on 145.990 FM during a 71 degrees elevation pass. It clearly says: “…battery voltage is 25 volts” Voltage was considerably lower this time.
vy 73 Detlef, DJ3AK in JO52GJ

SuitSat Audio from KC5TRB, Oklahoma, USA

I have attached my audio files of SuitSat. My station in Tulsa, Oklahoma consists of an Icom IC-271H with a built in homebrew pre-amp, a 30ft tower with 11-element 2m and 20-element 70cm KLM satellite antennas (R/L circular polarization) and a Yaesu G-5400B az/el rotor. The tower is 100 ft from the Shack.

SSTV Audio from JR4BRS, Japan

Dear  AJ3U
New report from JAPAN.
06/02/14 13:55 UTC received SuitSat-1 signal from JR4BRS / Nagao
He useing 1x9ele V-pol Yagi
The following address wav file pointer.
IC-820 1x9ele V-pol Yagi

Arigato-u mean Thanks for japanese

SSTV Image from JH0GEV, Japan

I received SuitSat-1 SSTV from JH0GEV, Uehara.
I look “ARISS” mark at top of left in this image.

Name: Mineo Wakita / JE9PEL, JAMSAT member

SSTV from VE6BLD, Canada

Bob, VE6BLD, has made a very good capture of the CW beacon and SSTV

SuitSat Mission Time Puzzler

Over the past few days, I have received a couple of e-mails with telemetry analysis from Barry Kort. He has been following along with SuitSat’s progress via the website and after analyzing some of the telemetry, he noticed something peculiar about SuitSat’s reported mission time. I shared this with Steve Bible, N7HPR who designed and built the controller for SuitSat. The controller is the “brain” of SuitSat which holds all of the recordings, the SSTV image, and calculates the mission time. Steve has confirmed to me that he also noticed this peculiarity and said, “I noticed this this weekend but left it up for others to discover.”

In keeping with this spirit, and to provide a bit of a challenge for everyone, I have decided not to reveal what has been noticed by Barry. All of the data that you need to solve this puzzle is posted here on this site. That’s all I’m going to say for now. I’ll post a hint every now and then. If you figure it out, send me an e-mail at and I’ll let you know if you are right! Teachers, if you are still following SuitSat, this could be a great critical thinking exercise for your classes!


SuitSat Audio from JH0GEV, Japan

I received a SuitSat-1 audio mp3 from JH0GEV, Uehara.
I heard the voice like Russian as 30 seconds at
15:00 UTC, 12 Feb 2006, orbit138, 145.990 MHz.

Antenna : SS-248A, 12×4 (Nagara)
El.lotar: ERC-51 (Create)
Az.lotar: G-1000DXA (Standard)
Hight : 10mh
Coax : 8DFB, 30m (Fujikura)
Amp. : RX-144 (Daiwa)
Rig : TS-770 (Torio)

Mineo Wakita / JE9PEL, JAMSAT member

SSTV + Telemetry from VE2AHD, Canada

Hello A.J.
Audio Clip
Mission Time: 0148_0 Date: 14/02/2006 Time: 05:05 U.T.C
Temperature is: _ _ Celsius Orbit Number: 161 Maximum Elevation: 50 Degrees
Battery Voltage is: _ _.6 Volts. Closest Range: 456 Km

Best 73!
Jean-Pierre (VE2AHD)

Special Word from VE2IQ, Canada

Recorded Feb 13 2006 0616UTC
Hi AJ: Suitsat passed almost directly overhead at 0616z this morning – I had the Boomer pointed directly upwards, and I’ve added a GASFET preamp, so the audio was pretty good. The young lady clearly says “The USA special word is freedom” – the clip is attached. Thanks for all the work you’re doing maintaining the blog – it is invaluable for those of us interested in trying to copy this weak signal.
73, Bill VE2IQ

Telemetry from N2SPI, New York, USA

Recorded Feb 13 2006 0439UTC
Audio Here
Mission Time: 01-222 minutes
Temperature: — degrees celsius
Battery Voltage: 26.6 volts

Recorded Feb 13 2006 0618 UTC
Audio Here
Mission Time: –3320 minutes
Temperature: 14 degrees celsius
Battery Voltage: 2-.6 volts

SuitSat Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 13 2006 0919UTC
Good morning AJ and everyone. This is my earliest morning yet 02:16AM!! At 02:19 special word (canada)I think, 02:20 English, 02:21 foreign maybe special word? My maximum elevation was only 44 degrees so it seems signals are improving at lower elevations for me as the suit drops in orbit. 73 for now until next 3:51 pass at 78 degrees.

Recorded Feb 13 2006 1051UTC
Good morning again. I have a great audio clip!! I captured the first clip of sstv and weak telemetry at 03:54am at only 18 degrees and 32 degrees, then at 3:56am at 69 degrees and S9+15-20, super audio in foreign language almost full quietening for 35.25 seconds!! I think this is the strongest signals I have captured so far.. I captured more clips at 44, 23 and the last one at 17 degrees. SuitSat may be spinning less as you can see the fades on the audio clips. 73 till the next pass.

Greeting, CW, and SSTV from VE2AHD, Canada

Recorded Feb 13 2006 0616UTC
Hello A.J. Here is an other file, part of US message and SuitSat ID in CW just before S.S.T.V transmission which unfortunatly reach the end of my azimuth tracking rotor, I had to swing the antenna almost 270 degrees back to catch it again but Hup! it is gone 8-(

Keep listening, SuitSat is still alive!
Best 73 to all
Jean-Pierre (VE2AHD)

SuitSat Audio from KC8RAN, Ohio, USA

Hi A.J.! After a few near misses, I finally caught some audio on at 0550Z on 2/12. You probably have better clips than these, but the key here is that this was captured with a 5 element, 9db yagi fixed at 30 degree elevation with an ICOM preamp to an IC-910H. Azimuth rotation is done in 10 degree steps. No moonbounce capability here, just a servicable LEO ground station.7
3 de Joe KC8RAN and thanks for the website! I check it daily.

SuitSat Audio from JR4BRS, Japan

Dear  AJ3U
New report from JAPAN.
06/02/12 14:53 UTC received SuitSat-1 signal from JR4BRS / Nagao
He useing 1x9ele V-pol Yagi
The following address wav file pointer.

SuitSat Audio by Scanner Enthusiast, Pennsylvania, USA

Comments: This was recorded via the ISS repeater on 437.800. The data bursts heard are not SuitSat, it is packet data being uplinked from the ground that is getting into the ISS repeater. SuitSat audio is definitely heard though! Thanks for listening, Brian! Great job! -A.J.
After several failed attempts at recording Suitsat as it passed over Erie,Pennsylvania, I finally snagged one early this morning.. The file includes some SSTV packets along with Station ID and very very faint telemetry at around the 54 second point. Sounds like she says “Battery Voltage is 7 volts?” I used a cheap Radio Shack handheld scanner along with an HP IPAQ RX3100 to record.

ISS Commander McArthur said: Operators on the ground doing a wonderful job!

Hello All,

I have spoken to my friend Fabiano (PY5RX) and I’ve asked him if he would say to Bill McArthur (NA1SS) that SUITSAT is – still heard on the ground. And today (12-feb-2006) there was a good pass on Curitiba Brasil, so Fabiano could inform Bill about the SUITSAT activities on grond. You can listen to the audio recording:

Fabiano: CQ NA1SS PY5RX.
Bill: PY5RX NA1SS good morning.
Fabiano: Okay Bill good morning hello welcome to Brasil again thank – you, Bill SUITSAT is still alive, many recordings on internet very good.
Bill: Ah I’m glad to hear that many recordings on the internet, you – operators on the ground doing a wonderful job, thank you!
Fabiano: Okay thank you very much Bill 73, okay, thank you for the – contact bye, bye.
Bill: Bye, bye.

73’s Cor PD0RKC

SSTV Picture from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 12 2006 1206UTC
Hello AJ and everyone again. Here is the quite good SSTV image is received this morning …Yipii!!! at 05:06:46 I copied CW ID then SSTV partial picture with fades and THE FIRST FULL LINE OF TEXT I HAVE SEEN YET!!!.73 from a very excited Bob!!
Lacombe Alberta Canada

SSTV Recorded by ON6HN, Belgium

Recorded Feb 12 2006 0526UTC
In this file you can hear SSTV received by Hugo ON6HN.
ON6HN setup:
9 elements yagi.
16 elements Tonna (only half part used).
T813 (modified private service radio).
Icom 251E
73’s Cor PD0RKC

RF Spectrum Display from W8PAT, Ohio, USA

AJ, Very nice spectrum view of SuitSat-1 doppler. Frequency 145.990, Mode USB, Orbit 136, AZ 240 degrees, El 10 degrees, Range 1400 miles. I have additional antenna gain, known as ground gain, near the horizon. As a point of reference the strengh of the signal from SuitSat-1 would be considered very strong if compared to a signal which has been reflected from the Moon.
John W8PAT

SuitSat Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 12 2006 1342UTC
Hello again..The last pass was only 25 degrees over Lacombe and I only captured one 4 second clip at 23 degrees at 06:42:15. I really was surprised to hear it at all!!73 from Lacombe until tomorrow morning..

SuitSat Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 12 2006 1205UTC
Good morning again. Well this pass was much better with a fairly good SSTV picture and great telemetry!!WOW it is still surprising us… I first heard it at 05:05:56 at 18 degrees, at 05:06:46 I copied CW ID then SSTV partial picture with fades but FULL LINE OF TEXT!!!. I will send the SSTV clip and picture soon!! Then at only 32 degrees (interesting on lower elevation signals!), at 05:08:12 good telemetry… mission time ??235 minutes, Temperature is 14.???degrees, Battery voltage is 26.7 volts..YAHOO. The temperature in the suit is rising!!! last weak audio at 5:05:01 at 33 degrees. Next pass at 06:38 only 25 degrees BUT I WILL BE LISTENING!!!
File 2 The time doesn’t match in the description so I’m just putting it here for now – A.J.
73 from Bob
VE6BLD DO32 Alberta Canada

SuitSat Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 12 1028UTC
Good early morning AJ and all!! It’s another early 3:28 am rising. The signals from the Suit Sat seem to be slowly getting weaker with every pass. I had a max. elevation of 68 degrees and the audio was not as good as most previous passes. The first 16 sec clip was at 3:31:40 at 33 degrees, the second 37 sec clip was of foreign language was at only 33 degrees, the third clip of English (Canada it sounds like?)was at 3:32:28 at 59 degrees(not as strong as higher previous elevation??), Last clip from 3.28 pass. Keep listening all!!
73 from Bob VE6BLD Lacombe Alberta Canada

SuitSat Audio from K5MAN, Louisiana, USA

Just recorded this on 2-12-2006 at approx. 0548z.
Karl R. Sandstrom, K5MAN
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

More Telemetry from N2SPI, New York, USA

Recorded Feb 12 2006 0552UTC
Audio Here
Mission Time: 01–62
Temperature: 14 degrees celsius
Battery Voltage: 26.-

Telemetry from VE2AHD, Canada

Recorded Feb 12 2006 0553UTC
Hello A.J. Another file with end part of telemetry which I believe is _6.7 Volts followed by un Russian message. Not the best one but it could be useful.
Orbit Number: 130
Maximum Elevation: 50 Degrees.
Closest Range: 455 Km
Best 73!

Telemetry from N2SPI, New York, USA

Recorded Feb 11 2006 1153UTC
Audio here
Mission Time: 010786 minutes
Temperature: ?? degrees Celsius
Battery: 26.7 volts

Weak Clips from VE6BLD, Canada

Good morning AJ and everyone. I first heard it at 04:43:10 with very very low signals at 33 degrees. The next short clip at 04:46:28 was also very weak. At 04:47:03 the audio was a little better. Then at 04:47:52 I copied a good 36 second clip with fades. The maximum elevation over Lacombe was 78 degrees. The last clip from 04:48:58 was very weak also.. Hopefully I can still copy a few more passes over the weekend. My internal alarm clock seems to be waking me up 10 minutes in the early morning before the alarm goes off the last few passes(except yesterday at 03:50am!!)
Lacombe Alberta Canada

Special word for Europe by JA5FNX

JA5FNX, Bunshiro Tamura reports that Ihara, JH2COZ, received signals from SuitSat on 06/02/10 15:46:00 UTC. The file is hereto appended. This is the European students message in Spanish and in German. The “special word” can clearly be understood. Congratulations to Ihara, JH2COZ who used and EME system to decode the signals.
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS-Europe Chairman

Telemetry fom N2SPI, New York, USA

This telemetry update is for SuitSat-1 at 07:04:41 UTC on 11 February 2006. The start of my audio file coincides with 07:04:30 UTC (+/- 1 second) as determined by my “atomic” clock. The telemetry lady says, “…(Mission time is)… 010501 minutes …(the temperature is ??)… degrees Celsius, the battery voltage is 26.7 …(volts).”
-Richard, N2SPI

Telemetry from VE2AHD, Canada

Here is another file with good telemetry from SuiSat.
Date: 11/02/2006
Time: 07:05:00 U.T.C
Orbit Number:116
Maximum Elevation: 60 Degrees.
Cosest Range: 397 Km
Best 73!
Jean-Pierre (VE2AHD)

SuitSat Audio from JH2COZ, Japan

Dear  AJ3U, New report from JAPAN.
06/02/10 15:46:00 UTC received SuitSat-1 signal from JH2COZ / Ihara
He is useing EME Syetem. The following address wav file pointer.
4x14ele H-pol (JA9BOH design)
3SK129 GaAs FET(PA0JMV design) and IC910

SuitSat Audio from VE2IQ, Canada

Recorded Feb 10 2006 0817UTC
Last night around supper time I remembered that an old Cushcraft 2-meter Boomer VE3OXX brought up to the Laurentians for me was still in storage in the garage. So I got the pieces down, assembled them in the failing light and cold (minus 16C) with no gloves (can’t thread nuts and washers onto bolts with gloves). When it was done it was dark. After supper, Lynne held the flashlight for me while I positioned the Boomer – I just placed the Reflector end down on the packed snow, and leaned the ant up against the telephone pole in backyard, using a Bungee cord to attach it to the pole pointing upwards at about 35 degrees. Azimuth was more or less at magnetic North according to my trusty Japanese compass, polarization was more or less horizontal. QTH in Westmeath, Ontario is in grid FN15nt.

I fired up Instant Track with the keplerian elements given on AJ3U’s BLOG to predict
the Suitsat would fly right through the beam’s sweet spot on three 10-minute passes
starting at: 0812z, 0946z, 1122z. Got up at 3am (EST Friday Feb 10, 2006) to actually hear the first (and best) audio – the closest point (about 720 Km range) came right on cue. Processing the recording at sunrise showed the bird actually caused more FM “quieting” during the latter passes but didn’t seem to be transmitting any audio at those times.

Attaching file clip – and a picture I took this morning (minus 22C outside!) of the Boomer leaning against the pole . There was another pass during the night but I would have had to go outside in my pyjamas to turn the antenna so it would point South. I decided not to go outside, hi!

After trying unsuccessfully every night since deployment, this morning’s copy made my day.

Bill VE2IQ

More Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 10 2006 1251UTC
The first weak audio was at only 11.8 degrees! then more at 17 degrees, then 41 seconds of sstv at 36 degrees at 5:54. Another short voice at 47 degrees. I then received 23 seconds of great telemetry time, poor temperature but good battery voltage of 26.7 volts!! The next was a foreign language for 34 seconds at 65 degrees. 73 from Bob VE6BLD DO32

SuitSat over S7 interference by W8PAT, Ohio, USA

Recorded Feb 10 2006 1302UTC
145.990 Mhz. AZ 23 degrees EL 74 degrees. CATV leakage makes FM reception very difficult at this location. Excellent reception is possible with a quiet receiving location. I would suggest a circular poloarized antenna from a remote portable location will yield excellent results on near overhead passes. Good weekend dxexpedition to consider. 73, John W8PAT

More Telemetry from N2SPI, New York, USA

Recorded Feb 10 2006 0636UTC
WOW! Here is some BEAUTIFUL SuitSat telemetry. The telemetry lady says, “Mission time is 009(?)44 minutes, the temperature is 13 degrees Celsuis, the battery voltage is 26.7 volts.” -Richard, N2SPI

SuitSat Telemetry from ON6HN, Belgium

Recorded Feb 10 2006 0620UTC
This morning I received an SUITSAT telemetry audio recording from ON6HN. He received the audio file at 10-feb-2006 (6:20). 73’s Cor PD0RKC
> Hallo Cor …. ik heb daarnet (6u 20) nog een opname gemaakt maar ze is
> ongeveer van de zelfde kwaliteit als de vorige, luister maar.
> 73 … Hugo ON6HN

100 Orbits and Counting

As of right now, Feb 10 2006 at 0734UTC, SuitSat-1 is on it’s 100th orbit of the Earth!

Details of N2SPI’s station

I asked Richard to send me some details of the station that was able to be the first to successfully copy SuitSat-1 Telemetry. Here is his reply. Quite an impressive setup, Richard! – A.J.
Here is a view of the “deep space” antenna which brought home the ultra weak SuitSat-1 signals for N2SPI in Smithville Flats, NY, USA. The antenna is composed of four M2 2m12(s). It doesn’t look like it, but each 2m12 is about 20 feet long. The antenna is shown pointing up into the eastern sky. Snow fog in the valley obscures the view. Four hundred and fifty feet down the hill, notice the “Smithville Space Comm Center” more commonly known as N2SPI’s “shack”. Garbage can on right houses 60 amp hour AGM deep cycle lead acid battery and charge controller. Garbage can on left houses remotely controlled TE Systems 1410G 2m power amp and coax relays. ARR preamp is hidden behind Yaesu G-5500 rotor. Loss up the 450 feet of LMR-400 coax runs about 8 db for 2m. The antenna is my idea of an entry level EME antenna which just happened to be hooked-up for the “DUBUS 2m CW EME Activity Event” when SuitSat “wandered overhead”. (EME = Moonbounce, for the non-hams.)

SuitSat Audio from Maryland, USA

Recorded Feb 9 2006 1410UTC
I met Paul via e-mail on Friday when SuitSat was launched. He is working on getting his Amateur Radio license and became interested in SuitSat. He sent me this 4 days ago. – A.J. I just got my antenna completed (almost) today. I now have the thing on the roof and the rotator installed and working. I have the omni directional on the top and the yagi about 2 feet down. I have to run the second piece of coax tomorrow and hook up the yagi.
I just received the following from Paul today. -A.J.
I left my rig on all day to record anything that I may have heard from suitsat and I actually got a few seconds from it!!!! This was from a ground plane @ 35ft! – Paul Lenharr II Great job, Paul! You did it! -A.J.

SuitSat Transmission Timing

Here is timing of SuitSat’s transmissions. Obtained from ARISS

Voice ID = "This is suitsat-1 amateur radio station RS0RS"

Message Type       Time        Running Time
Voice ID           00:04.9     00:04.9
Rekto-mai          00:28.8     00:33.7 Russian Message
Pause              00:30.0     01:03.7

Voice ID           00:04.9     01:08.6
Suitsat_eu         00:14.4     01:23.0 European Student Message (Spanish and German)
Pause              00:30.0     01:53.0

Voice ID           00:04.9     01:57.9
Rekto-mtgu-bauman  00:29.8     02:27.7 Bauman Institute Message (Russian)
Pause              00:30.0     02:57.7

Voice ID           00:04.9     03:02.6
Canada             00:18.3     03:20.9 Canada Student Message (French)
Pause              00:30.0     03:50.9

Voice ID           00:04.9     03:55.8
Alexandrov Energia 00:28.1     04:23.9 Mr. Alexandrov Message (English)
Pause              00:30.0     04:53.9

Voice ID           00:04.9     04:58.8
Japan              00:17.6     05:16.4 Japan Student Message (Japanese)
Pause              00:30.0     05:46.4

Voice ID           00:04.9     05:51.3
USA                00:16.1     06:07.4 USA Student message (English)
Pause              00:30.0     06:37.4

Voice ID           00:04.9     06:42.3
SSTV               00:43.9     07:26.2 Slow Scan Television Image
Pause              00:30.0     07:56.2

Voice ID           00:04.9     08:01.1
Telemetry          00:15.0     08:16.1 See Format Below
Mission time is: ###### minutes
The temperature is: ## degrees Celsius
The Battery voltage is: ##.# Volts
Pause             00:30.0      08:46.1
Repeat transmission sequence


More info from Steve, N7HPR
The temperature and voltage will be spoken as follows: for teens, you will hear eleven, twelve, thirteen, … nineteen. For twenties you will hear twenty-one, twenty-two, etc, all the way up to 99. And if the temperature were to ever read in the hundreds, then it will be spoken as one hunderd XX degrees.

As to special words, each of the school children’s messages have a special word. So there are five special words (there should be one each for the combined EU message in Spanish and German).


SuitSat Audio from SWL’s in Belgium

Dear Mister Farmer,
We can see that you have i nice website about “SUITSAT”. By this mail i send you our personal recording. The recording is from 06.02.2006 at local time 06.15 – 06.24 h. Our callsigns SWL (Shortwave Listening) stations ONL3497 – Luc and my son ONL10704 – Nick. Gl to you and 73’s from Belgium.

Additional Telemetry from N2SPI, New York, USA

Recorded Feb 9 2006 1237UTC
Seeing as how the “tenths” digit was missing from the battery voltage reading in the last telemetry I submitted, I thought I would try to go out and fetch it. (See “SuitSat Telemetry by N2SPI, New York, USA”, at this site, for the previous telemetry.) So here it is. I believe the telemetry lady says, “Mission time is 0(07?)967 minutes, the …(temperature is)… (36?) degrees Celsius, the battery voltage is (2?)6.7 volts”.
-Richard, N2SPI

Spanish Special Word by EB4DEH, Spain

I have done some editing on the N2SPI audio file (boosted up and cut empty noise out). EB4DEH helped me with the special Spanish SUITSAT message. The Spanish special word is “future”.
73’s Cor PD0RKC

Weak Telemetry from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 9 2006 1406UTC
Bob has a weak recording of Telemetry. Can anyone make it out what it is?
Mission Time: ?05??
Temperature: ?? degrees Celsius
Battery: ??.7 volts

Canada Greeting and Special Word by VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 9 2006 1231UTC
Well another early day here in Lacombe!! The best passes are getting earlier every day over Alberta so I hope I can keep this early rising up till the weekend! This clip is really good, elevation of 76 degrees. I think I have the special word for Canada!! yahoo!!! 73 from Bob VE6BLD and have a great day!!

SuitSat ID Captured with HT and Homebrew Beam, WB6KDH, California, USA

Recorded Feb 9 2006 0913UTC
A.J., Thanks again for the kind comments on my previous report (the SSTV clip). I actually found my antenna was aimed a bit low (elevation), so I reset it and tried again for the pass on 9-Feb, at 0913UTC (01:13PST). Success! As luck would have it, the voice ID started just about the time SuitSat reached it’s zenith, at 72º. Easily copied “This is SuitSat one”, then a few seconds later “around the world”. Got maybe a couple of syllables after that, and some brief periods of quieting.

Even though there are quite a few of the ID’s captured (most a bit better, too), it’s still exciting for me – especially given the modest antenna setup and no additional amp. Well worth the loss of sleep!

antenna: 4-element homebrew Yagi, tuned to 146mHz (1.6:1 SWR)
aimed at about 67º elevation, 320º azimuth, 10′ RG8, 20′ RG58.
transceiver: Yaesu VX-5R, squelch open.

Russian Audio Translation by “Zman”, Russia

hi, A.J. ! I went through all audio files one more time (actually dozens of times :-). There is only ONE message which is spoken in russian, and another one in English with a terrible russian accent, as I mentioned before :-). I choosed the best quality audio files and tried to make my transcription.
* in square brackets [ ] these are mandatory words that must be presented to form a proper sentence, but they can not be heard, so I assume they were there.
* in round brackets ( ) my comments to the text

file name: “February 7 at 6.18am pro clip.mp3”
(woman in English:) This is SuitSat-1, amateur radio station. RS0RS. (man says in English with a Russian accent:)… on the occasion of….anniversary … my congratulations to the Moscow State Technological [ University ] of the Bauman. (this is THE “number 1” technical University in Russia!) All the Bauman….. the students…..SpaceSuit satellite…. radio amateurs… …there is still one more step [ which has to / which shall ] be taken…. …Aleksander Aleksandrov…. [project?] manager, cosmonaut of Russia.

file name: “6fe0811z.mp3”
(woman in English:) …RS0RS… (man says all in Russian, my translation here:)Dear MAI staff! On behalf of everybody working here, at the central base of MAI, and also from our branches in Baikonur, Akhtubinsk, Zhukovskiy, Lubertzy, Taganrog, Serpukhov (cities where brahches of the Institue are located) from the bottom of my heart I send you my congratulations due to seventy-five annivesary of Moscow Aviation Institue! I wish you a good health, a happiness and a great success in your creative job for the prosperity of our great nation. I send a space greetings to all radio amateurs of the planet Earth! Thank you.

file name: “f6agr.mp3”
(this is the same message in russian, but much worse quality!) (woman in English:) This is SuitSat-1, amateur radio station. RS0…. (a lot of noise) (man says all in russian, my translation here:)… [ 75- ] annivesary… …happiness and a great success in your creative job… (noise)

file name: “jh0mhe_SuitSat-1.mp3”
(again the same message in russian:) … [in the ] central base ….. [ of ] unknown TV-play… …. [ in ] Taganrog, Serpukhov (these are the cities)… … from the bottom of my heart I send you my congratulations… …a good health, a happiness and a great success in… …leaders of the planet Earth.

(all other files has only small audible parts of above messages, so i don’t include them…)

From the russian side a launch of the SuitSat project is dedicated to the anniversary of Moscow Technical University named after Bauman, so there will be some congratulations to the stuff.

P.S. in case you want to mention my name, just use “Zman” :-),
this is my regular nick… 73!

Russian Message by VE2AHD, Canada

Recorded Feb 9 2006 0753UTC
Here is another audio file from SuitSat.
Orbit Number: 84
Maximum Elevation: 65 Degrees
Range: 397 Km
This one seems to be in Russian language.
Best 73! Jean-Pierre VE2AHD

SuitSat Interest Increases

This is an example of the e-mails I have been receiving lately. Even though SuitSat may have been considered a failure by some, it has been an amazing success from a public awareness standpoint. I continue to receive e-mails from scanner enthusiasts and others that say they are going to work on getting their Amateur Radio license because of their experience with SuitSat. – A.J.
Hello, too bad that I am not a radio amateur. I had a chance to get the license at the university in Germany, but I was too busy doing other things and missed this opportunity. Nevetheless, I think the SuitSat project is very exciting and I am really amazed how well everyone around the world works together. Thank you very much for hosting all the great files on your site. This is fun!
Kindest regards and thank you very much indeed, David Krings, Bristol, CT

SuitSat Forensics from G0MRF

From the AMSAT-BB
The 2mW is consistant with my rough estimate from the 4th of “spectran is used to detect EME signals that are below normal hearing threshold so in real terms this was very very weak, the sort of signal I would expect from a milliwatt or two.”

Given the couple of snippets of telemetry we now have, it should be possible to ‘fault find’ suitsat. If the transceiver has failed – perhaps from working in a vacuum, then its likely that a transistor has failed and we are seeing the drive feeding through to the antenna. In that scanario the current consumed by the Kenwood may have dropped to very low levels in which case the battery should last a long time.

If the antenna or feedline has failed, then the TX may be running 500mW in which case the battery will run down as predicted. – Unless high SWR protection also reduces the current consumption. – Anyone checking this on the ground?

So, when will it stop transmitting? I wonder what capacity and type of battery suitsat has? If it’s Lithium Ion, then we can expect it to stay quite close to full voltage, say greater than 24V and when its nearly discharged the voltage will drop very quickly as did XO-53.

Good fun this…….
David G0MRF

Satsuit French Canadian Voice by VE2AHD, Canada

Received Feb 8 2006 0729UTC
Hello A.J., What a great experience and great reception challenge is SatSuit! I finaly get the French Canadian Message and special word for Canada. I got 50% of the message in French and was quite lucky to get the special word at the end. My set up here is a Yaesu FT-726R as receiver, the antenna is a 10 elements Yagi from Cushcraft with Azimuth and Elevation rotors. Maximum Elevation: 50 Degrees. And one more precision for a successful reception, a preamplifier mounted directly at the antenna feedpoint is mandatory. Thank you for seting up this website so that we can follow the progress of the experience.
Best 73!
Mes meilleurs salutations!
Jean-Pierre (VE2AHD)

SuitSat Telemetry by N2SPI, New York, USA

Recorded Feb 8 2006 1349UTC
Great Job Richard!! – A.J.
Yippee! I just captured the telemetry for SuitSat-1 at 13:49:41 UTC on 8 Feb 2006 right here in Smithville Flats, NY, USA. I pretty much got all of it. My audio file is for 8 February 2006 and starts at 13:49:30 UTC (+/- 1 second) as determined by my “atomic” clock. (The “atomic” clock synchronizes itself to WWVB daily.) The SuitSat message sequence with the telemetry starts at 00:04 into the file. If you can’t make it out, the telemetry woman says, “…(Mission) time is 006607 minutes, the temperature is 12 degress celsius, the battery voltage is 26.(?)… (volts)”.

Also, listen to the beautiful SuitSat-1 audio I captured starting at 00:55 into the file. My four stacked M2 2m12 antenna(s) are bringing home the bacon! I also have some pretty decent SuitSat-1 image data downloads which I might send to this site later. Stay tuned. -Richard, N2SPI

More Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 8 2006 0943UTC
Hello everyone again from Bob..The 6:43 pass was not quite as strong as others but I did manage to get three more clips. I think two of them contain foreign messages. Clip 1Clip 2 Anyone identify the language please!The next pass is only 25 degrees but will record anyway then off to work !!73 from VE6BLD Lacombe Alberta DO32
Clips boosted and converted to mono my Cor, PD0RKC
Update: Clip 2 is most definitely Russian, Clip one is hard to hear but I think is Spanish. Kenneth – N5VHO

More Special Words by VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 8 2006 0807UTC
Good morning from Bob once more!! Hello everyone. At 5:07AM today, February 8, I received another message in a foreign language which sounds like another special word!! Maybe someone can translate it for me ..I also received another excellent clip with S9+20 signals including “In USA the special word is freedom!!!” I now maybe have three special words if a translation proves correct. Also captured some weak SSTV. The signals from SuitSat seem to be about the same as yesterday with fewer fades, maybe the spin is less? Watch for more to come on the next pass… Both passes at 68 degrees.73 from Lacombe and good luck to everyone. Bob VE6BLD DO32
Update: Cor, PD0RKC has boosted the audio of the first file and identified the language as Japanese.

RF Waterfall Display by VE7TIL, Canada

Recorded Feb 8 2006 1203UTC
Here’s a grab of Suitsat during the 1203-1213UTC Feb 8 pass here in Vancouver, BC today. It shows one discreet burst of signal from Suitsat. The carrier comes on with a rapid nonlinear frequency shift, stablizes then drops out abruptly after no more then 25-30sec. It then repeated this twice more while overhead. my thinking yesterday was this may have been the suit tumbling. However, given the nonlinear frequency component it suggests issues with the TX hardware. Perhaps the commerical handheld used for Suitsat’s TX has been damaged by the cold or is running out of juice?
73 Scott, VE7TIL

SuitSat Telemetry Tips by N7HPR

At the beginning of every spoken message, including the SSTV and telemetry, there is an identification, “This is SuitSat-1, Amateur Radio Station RS0RS.”

The telemetry is spoken thus:
Mission time is 000000 minutes.
The temperature is 21 degress Celsius.
The battery voltage is 27.4 volts.

The mission time is spoken as six digits, preceded by leading zeros. This is the time, in minutes, since SuitSat was activated (the switches were turned on). If the temperature is negative, you will here “negative” before the digit(s). The battery voltage is the only telemetry value that is in tenths of a unit (in this case volts).

73, Steve, N7HPR

SuitSat Telemetry Reception Hint

AJ, Hint to getting the telemetry. It is transmitted about 30 seconds after the SSTV tones stop.
Kenneth – N5VHO

More Excellent Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Recorded Feb 7 2006 11:28UTC
Hello again AJ, Guess who!!! The alarm went off again at 5:45. At 32 degree elevation I copied weak signals. At 72 degrees the signal was S9+20db.!!! This 34 second audio clip is the same as some I have received but the quality is better. Signals don’t seem to be less than yesterday so the battery must be still good. I will wait for the next pass at 7:51 with 45 degre max elevation.. Congratulations to everyone who is receiving audio!!
73 from VE6BLD Bob in Lacombe Alberta Canada DO32

RF Spectrum Display from W8PAT, Ohio, USA

Recorded Feb 7 2006 1327 UTC
I received good doppler trace of carrier despite heavy interference. Trace received with EME antennas (four 12 element yagis) preamp to Icom 746 receiver in FM mode. Range was 550 miles, azimuth 25°, elevation 28°. A few words were copied but no telemetry data at that time.
73, John W8PAT

Russian Voice From JH0MHE, Japan

Recorded Feb 7 2006 0115UTC
Dear AJ3U
Good news from JAPAN.
06/02/07 01:15 UTC received SuitSat-1 signal from JH0MHE / Kobayasi
He is useing EME Syetem. peeking 59+ 20dB
4 X M2 18XXX FT-847 + MGF1302
Russian voice switching wave girl (children) voice.
Submitted by: JA5FNX
Update – Cor, PD0RKC has cleaned up and boosted the audio of this file. I am still going to leave the original above but the boosted one is available here.

SSTV Audio from WB6KDH, California, USA

Recorded Feb 7 2006 1001UTC
Excellent job Chuck, I love homebrew antennas. Marconi would be proud. 😉 – A.J.
I heard a hint of 3 syllables of a female voice the other morning with a ground plane inside my house. Not very satisfying. So, I whipped together a 4-element Yagi last night, and was pleased with this relatively close pass (73º elevation). I guess “pleased” is relative with the state the SuitSat is in. I captured ~5 sec total of SSTV, over 22 sec of the pass just, at about 72º elevation. Signal was about a 4-3, maybe 5-3, with strong QSB. If it had continued, it was clean enough to decode.
4-element Yagi, tuned to 146mHz (1.6:1 SWR)
RG8, 20′ RG58. (the 20′ check out with 1.2DB loss)
Yaesu VX-5R, squelch open.

Thanks for the opportunity to share my test results with others. I think the more real data gathered, the better – it keeps the public interest going, which should help support the SuitSat 2 (next one up) effort.

Chuck Gould, WB6KDH

Voice and SSTV Audio from ON6HN, Belgium

Recorded Feb 7 2006 0408UTC
This file contains the entire SSTV sequence, with fading throughout, but it is all there! – A.J.
received an audio file from Hugo (ON6HN). He received the SUITSAT signal at 4:08UTC
Your website is a good source for a total view (amazing nice SSTV picture you got there!).
73´s Cor PD0RKC
> Hallo Cor …. vanmorgen ben ik vroeg opgestaan om de doorgang van 5u te
> beluisteren en dat gaf toch tamelijk resultaat, rond 5u08 een redelijk
> signaal, zie bijlage.
> 73 …. Hugo ON6HN

SuitSat Audio from KC5KBO, USA

Recorded Feb 6 2006 0806UTC
Hi A.J. Thanks for keeping the posts. Here is a link to the 0806 UTC pass on Feb 06, I recorded from the Johnson Space Center shack. The Westbrook Intermediate School Ham Club that I mentor has their own website and I gave it to them to post. They are a group of self-motivated 6th through 8th graders, and we’ve been preparing for SuitSat together, so I wanted them to have the file to post. CW ID can clearly be heard, along with the SSTV, albeit with fading.
Nick Lance, KC5KBO
Club website with complete file and timeline is at:

Excellent Audio by N2SPI, New York, USA

I received this from Richard Crow, N2SPI.
Some really good audio
Submitted by Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
SSTV Decode by Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO

Spectran Waterfall Display from Scott, Vancouver, BC

Recorded Feb 6 2006 1250UTC

Here’s some grabs I made from a .wav file of suitsat from this mornings pass over Vancouver, BC. Rig was a FT-897D with a J-pole and 4 ele yagi (horizontal). Listened in CW mode and noticed suitsat was very weak with heavy QSB as the grabs show… Never enough signal for FM copy. The pass in question occured at Feb 6, 1250 – 1257UTC.

73 Scott

SuitSat Audio from 9W2QC, Malaysia

Hello Mr. A.J. Farmer,

I had a 34 degrees elevation pass of SuitSat over West Malaysia at 1705Z today. Approaching TCA, I managed to copy a young girl’s voice saying “This is SuitSat-1 Amateur Radio ???”. I was asked by Kenneth, N5VHO to forward my 2 minutes and 10 seconds audio recording to you. He asked me to split it into 2 files, and therefore I have attached the two files namely part1.mp3 and part2.mp3. The girl’s voice above is heard at around 33 seconds duration in part2.mp3. There are some audio in part1.mp3 but just too weak for me to hear. Hope this helps, and thank you very much for you good effort collecting SuitSat recordings 🙂

Sion Chow Q. C.,

Voltage Telemetry from VE6BLD, Canada

.6 volts
Hello from Bob… I just copied more audio and some more telemetry!!

SSTV Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Hello again!! More audio, a very weak SSTV signal, I will try to clean the SSTV up later.
73 from Bob VE6BLD DO32
Lacombe Alberta Canada

SSTV Audio from PD0RKC, Netherlands

Recorded Feb 7 2006 4:06UTC
I heard bright (short) SSTV also the SSTV stop tone on the end. Well I never received it so good as today, but fast QSB, I hope I can catch the suitsat voice ID in the next pass, but im very happy its not dead

SSTV Image from VE6BLD, Canada

Greeting and Special Word by VE6BLD, Canada

Bob has come through again with the best audio yet.
Hello again from sleepy Lacombe!!The alarm wasn’t set for first pass but I awoke 3 minutes before 5:51 pass!!Luckily everything was still on as I heard suitSat very good this time for another 22 second clip. No telemetry this pass! Elevation was 85 degrees. I have a pretty good partial SSTV picture from a previous pass to send later. Hopefully I will receive more telemetry on next two passes!!73 from Bob VE6BLD DO32

SSTV Audio from VK5ZAI, Australia

I received voice on the 4th pass but not well. The clip I have attached is good enough to start MMSSTV on “AUTO Mode” but just too much noise to make it out. The mp3 attached was copied at 13:04 utc on day 1.

First Telemetry from VE6BLD, Canada

Bob, VE6BLD, has copied telemetry!
The temperature is 13 degrees celsius
From Bob: “Good morning from Canada!!The alarm went off at 5:00AM and I heard suitSat very good this time also at 7:07 local time.. Feb 5,06 from Lacombe, Alberta Canada DO32. I was using an FT847 with pre-amp on and a 22 element KLM crossed yagi with right and left circular polarization with 19db.Landweir preamp at the antenna feeding into 1/2 inch hardline.!!!The bird was almost overhead so the signals were about s6 when clear. I also received the SSTV signal with some noise. SuitSAt is definately alive and well!!!!. I sure am glad I spent all that time installing these big antennas and pre-amps!!!

PS. I forgot to say I heard the temperature was 13 degrees and 7.0 which must have been the voltage. Thanks
73 Bob VE6BLD DO32

More Audio from VE6BLD, Canada

Young Voice – Possible Telemetry?
Girl’s Voice in English, Man in Russian
This is some of the audio I received at 7:07 this morning…73 Bob VE6BLD

Thanks to Cor, PD0RKC for boosting the audio on the second file.

SSTV Audio from KA9ERV, Indiana, USA

SSTV Audio
KA9ERV EN71 LaGrange, IN
2-5-06 0932 UTC
14 Ele M2 TS-2000
145.994 USB

RF Spectrum Waterfall Display from DL1YDD, Germany

Hi A.J.,

attached are screenshots from a spectrum waterfall display. The smaller
one is an excerpt, not the whole 30 second interval was captured. It
was taken when doppler rate was near maximum. The second one was taken
when doppler rate was smaller. You can clearly see the transmit
intervals and even the spin/tumble rate. It matches the 5 to 6 seconds
interval I saw when SuitSat was released. One tick at the left side is
1 second.

Equipment: X-Yagi, RHCP, preamp, FT-736. There was heavy QRM from
cable TV network leakage (second audio channel of channel S6).

Recording time: 05/Feb/2006, 0802-0808z.

73 de Hartmut, DL1YDD

SuitSat Audio from F6AGR, France

Please find attached an audio recording of Suitsat 1 at 08:06 UTC today the 5th of february over Paris, France. Child voice saying “Here is Suitsat 1” + russian voice
2 x 11 el RHCP Yagi
0.7 dB preamp
AR5000A+ receiver in 6 kHz FM mode
Compared to the sigs of our Spoutnik 40 and 41 which were running 150 mW RF, it clearly seems that Suitsat 1 has an issue somewhere on the PA or on the aerial.
73 de Jean-Louis F6AGR
Former AMSAT-France president

SuitSat Audio from ON5PV, Belgium

Hereto appended a recording of SuitSat-1 signals received by Philippe, ON5PV during a 85° pass over Belgium, Saturday 4 February 2006 at 07:36 UTC.
73 de ON4WF

SuitSat Audio from JN1GKZ, Tokyo, Japan

Mr. Farmer, I catched SuitSat-1 FM signal at 1808z 4th. You can hear ID and part of messages. I can only hard the signal near TCA. Max elevation was about 52deg. I also heard weak ID at 0034z 5th. Max elevation was 30deg. My system is FT-726 + 9ele F9FT + 20dB pri-amp.
Thank you for your work
Masa JN1GKZ Tokyo Japan PM95RR

SuitSat Audio from VE6BLD, Alberta, Canada

Suit Sat reception as recorded by VE6BLD Bob in DO32
Hello from central Alberta Canada.I heard SuitSat at 8:18:32 local time Feb 4,06 from Lacombe, Alberta Canada DO32. I was using an FT847 with pre-amp on and a 22 element KLM crossed yagi with right and left circular polarization with 19db.Landweir preamp at the
antenna feeding into 1/2 inch hardline. Please see enclosed picture if possible..Thanks to all for a fun project! Will keep listening for SSTV picture! 73

SSTV Audio and Picture by WD9GWG, Wisconsin, USA

SSTV Audio
Received by WD9GWG at 0920 CST
Saturday Feb 4
Using 2m boomer right polarized 12 elements
Submitted by: AH6EZ

Comments from AJ3U:
This picture may not seem like much, but it is significant because it is the first known documented SSTV decode from SuitSat. Very exciting! Great job!

Astronaut Bill McArthur Comments on SuitSat

Audio file of Bill McArthur commenting on SuitSat after the Spacewalk
Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, using the Amateur Radio equipment onboard the ISS during a pass over the USA, said this after the spacewalk: “Well you know where there is a will there is a way, so maybe folks we will try again we’ve got more suits that need to be jettison, actually it was pretty well setup and it wasn’t that difficult for us to execute. Thats what we’ve heard as soon as we came in the hatch yesterday a few minutes later I turned on the radio we should have been pretty close and didn’t hear anything! Its the same battery we use in our space suits so I would think they would handle the temperature but its hard to say of course our bodies producing heat and so maybe that keeps the batteries warm but the batteries are actually in an external compartiment on the space suit.”
Audio File provided by Scott Avery, WA6LIE

CW and SSTV Audio from W7TYN, Oregon, USA

Listen for cw carrier in FM mode send “SPACESUIT1” a bit of the slow scan TV digital can be heard.
This pass was going down the West coast at 35 degree elevation from Portland,OR
Radio is IC-746pro with internal pre-amp in narrow FM mode.
Antenna is Home Brew 14 element twist on AZ/EL mount 1/2 hardline
Submitted by:
W7TYN CN85om…..73

-Update: Diane, VA3DB has noted that the CW in this audio file is actually “_PACESUIT1” (likely “SPACESUIT1”, not “SUITSAT1”). Thanks for noticing that Diane!

SuitSat Audio from KA8HQL, Ohio, USA

Girl’s Voice, “This is SuitSat-1 Amateur Radio….” followed by Male Russian Voice
Submitted by KA8HQL Jeff
Mount Perry, OH EM89vu
Jeff’s Setup:
IC910 with preamp
10 ele Gulfalpha antenna at 5 feet

SuitSat Audio from DF7IT, Germany

A girl’s voice can clearly be heard saying “This is SuitSat 1”
Audio recorded by DF7IT and edited by ZS6AKV

SuitSat Audio from DF7IT, Germany

SuitSat audio as recorded by DF7IT in Germany
Thanks to Roger WA1KAT for optimizing the file.

SuitSat Russian Voice from ZS6TW, Africa

Record Time: Feb 4 2006 1245UTC
Click Here to Download Audio File of SuitSat Reception by ZS6TW
Submitted by Cor, PD0RKC.
Keith (ZS6TW) received at 4 februari (12:45UTC) SUITSAT on 50 degrees elevation. Keith could hear Russian language from SUITSAT. Keith reported that it is important to use FM narrow to receive the weak (narrow) signals out the noise (doppler correction is required!!!). He received SUITSAT at the same place as ISS, so the Suitsat was (at 4 februari 12:45UTC) not far behind the ISS.

The equipment ZS6TW used:
Transceiver: Yaesu FT-847
Antennas: 2 X F9FT 17 elements yagis (16dBd gain).

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