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Friday, May 6, 2016

SSTV (Slow Scan TeleVision) Payload is functional

The Hastings, NE amateur radio club ARAN (Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska) has completed assembly and testing of their Slow Scan Television or SSTV payload. SSTV is a method of sending still images using a narrow bandwidth. A single image will take about two minutes to transmit. The payload will be sending in-flight images to a ground station every four minutes, using the Martin 1 SSTV mode on 443.500 MHz.

SSTV payload during development.
Raspberry Pi, Pi Camera, and HobbyPCB RS-UV3 Radio Shield.

Below are a couple of test images sent

Thanks Brad KD0JCP, Allen KB0ASQ, and any others that helped to design and build this payload as well as the APRS Igates that will be used the day of the launch.