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Re: Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 09:07:51 -0800

Hello Murray!

15 Feb 01 20:46, you wrote to SAREX \(to List\):

 MK>    I'm looking foward to some SSTV from the ISS. I know there are just
 MK> so many things to do in a new space station, and so it doesn't suprise
 MK> me that SSTV is somewhat "down the list" but the number of people,
 MK> both of a technical and of a non-technical background who have been
 MK> facinated by the few photos I had managed to download  form MIR amased
 MK> me. I am used to getting semi-disintrest from those (especially kids)
 MK> who don't have much interest in "things that sound too mathematical".
 MK>     The advantage of SSTV is it can be left on all the time if set up
 MK> properly and people all over the world can see what they can download
 MK> as long as they have a receiver of sorts and a computer with
 MK> appropiate software. I think that in itself is of great benefit to
 MK> schools and it dosen't have to prearranged. A great "warm up exercise"
 MK> for those schools who are lucky enought to get an "apointment" and of
 MK> benifit to everyone else too.
 MK> Just my thoughts on the issue.

I have to agree.  Once upon a time, SSTV was a rather esoteric mode, requiring
specialised equipment to decode.  However, the situation is vastly different
now.  SSTV is now available to almost anyone with a VHF receiver and a
computer.  It's also worth mentioning that computers are also readily available
in just about any school (at least in the Western world) these days, making
this mode readily accessible to students at any school, even where there's no
licenced amateur to control a transmitting station (SSTV works well in an Rx
only situation, as those of us who have used the mode know well).

Mind you, it's not only schools that benefit, but amateur radio, ISS and
everyone else involved.  SSTV, being so visual, is an attention grabber.  I,
personally, have seen people fascinated by SSTV images that were sent from one
end of a table to the other (it's also a hit with the kids - have their face on
"TV" ;) ), or perhaps from only 10 miles away.  I'd like to see what effect
images from space would have on people!  Might even get lucky and have a
teacher or two in the crowd, who takes it to their school.
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