(Updated 6/21/97)

W95SSTV Release 4.0 is on the way. Read about it directly from Jim's homepage.

OZ1AT,Anders, releases updated version of ATFAX.

Added or modified E-mail addresses for VK4ZG, K9FEH, N5IFH

Current Weather Conditions.

Newbie Radio operators are incredibly lucky, in that and also obtaining the usage of newbie radio repeaters to extend their variety, they also possess the use of Lower Earth Orbiting satellites(LEOs) which can be developed and preserved by newbie radio fanatics. These satellites work in the VHF and UHF beginner bands, and may let stations to communicate with each other at distances significantly greater than ordinarily possible. One among probably the most popular satellites used today is AO-51.

AO-51 was introduced about the 29th of June 2004 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, and it really is one of the simplest satellites to operate via.

The uplink frequency (the frequency a single transmits on) is from the 2M band (145.920MHz 67.0Hz CTCSS tone), and the downlink frequency (the receiver frequency) is with the 70 cms band (453.300 no tone). First of all we need to uncover wherever and once the satellite will appear at your area. The good news is, this details is quite quick to search out.Visit the heavens-above web site, and sort with your locale details to get a record of passes at your locale.

Pay attention on your own radio on the time the satellite is about to look over the horizon, but get started by listening 5 kHz previously mentioned 453.300MHz.Once the signal turns into crystal clear, start tuning down in 1 kHz increments to acquire the clearest signal.That is to permit for your doppler influence. When you hear the satellite, you will be able to put a simply call out within the uplink frequency, and using a little bit of luck you should listen to your very own signal relayed again for you.

Lately released from your International Area Station in February 2011, is actually a new satellite from North The united states termed ARISSat-1. Uplink is among 435.740-455.760MHz, as well as the downlink is among 145.918-145.958MHz. And also voice functions, ARISSat-1 has 4 SSTV (Gradual Scan Tv) cameras onboard. Photos is going to be saved as well as transmitted in colour employing Robot36 mode less than the callsign RS01S.

Facts concerning passes at your locale soon after start, might be present in this instance by wanting around the AMSAT North America web-site. Despite the fact that transmitted energy from beginner radio satellites is quite reduced (in the buy of about five hundred mW to 1 Watt), it is even now doable to hear and perform by way of them using a handheld transceiver with its built-in Whip antenna.

Remember to tilt your antenna, in order that it is perpendicular to the satellite, for better reception. Amateur satellites might be a boon to Amateurs that are restricted to functioning around the V/UHF bands, and will allow intercontinental contacts to get spot that would not otherwise be achievable.

Hi, I'm Rick and I live in Coconut Creek, Florida. near Ft Lauderdale. There are many facets of ham radio and one of the most fascinating is Slow Scan TV(SSTV). This homepage is dedicated to this aspect of Amateur Radio.

SSTV is a method of exchanging images of all types by radio. Shown above is an image I transmit. A few images I have received are shown below. I hope you enjoy the images and if you're an amateur radio operator active on 20 meters with a desire to learn more , please join us on 14.230 MHz. See you there!

World Famous Mug Shots(35-55Kbytes)


If you are a slow scanner with a mug shot that the world should see, I'll include it if it is E-mailed(MIME encode only)to me or sent over the air. Note: Some images are now being stored/converted to jpg format to conserve room and color depth.

The latest Images From 14.230 MHz

Check these postage stamp images and see how well your transmissions were received in South Florida. images(1)| images(2)| images(3)| images(4)| images(5)| images(6)| images(7)| images(8)| images(9)|

How to Get Started

John Langner, WB2OSZ, has written an excellent manual on SSTV. The history of SSTV, images, simple interfaces and much more are shown here. If you're new to SSTV begin with John's manual. Today many hams are getting started in the hobby with a very inexpensive(< $20) hardware interface(often referred to as a Hamcomm serial interface) and readily available software. Other hams are purchasing excellent systems such as Pasokon, and Pasokon lite. Still other hams like trying all the systems for fun. Below are slow scan systems of all types.


John Langner, WB2OSZ, has outdone the competition once again. Release 3.0 brings a number of new features. Check this out! 32 bit operation,JPEG image format compatible,Paint and text tools, 16M colors, new high resolution modes and more! Combine this with ease of use and its easy to see why this is a winner! THANK YOU JOHN.


In a letter to Robot 1200 owners, Martin has announced NEW HIGH QUALITY MODES(HQ) for the Robot 1200. Find out what others are saying about the new modes. Thanks to Rudy, K2EVY, for letting us know!


The HamComm circuit (and derivatives) is one of the most popular interfaces for SSTV. A number of the slow scan programs discussed below utilize the HamComm circuit or a modified version. To all of those who will be building the circuit, I highly recommend reading the following well done web page. The site has all sorts of information on the interface, problems, troubleshooting ideas, etc. and you can download from this page as well.

If you are interested in using the Hamcomm circuit on other digitial modes like RTTY, Amtor, the author of the hamcomm site, Terry K7SZL, offers a Hamcomm kit with narrow band filtering. Check it out!


The HIRES paint and control program is now being used in over 76 countries throughout the world, and has become a graphics standard for the ROBOT 1200C, LM9000, RIBIT, and of course the SuperScan 2001 SSTV Scan Converter. Less than a year ago, a new version of HIRES-70 for the new TASCO TSC-70 Scan Converter was released.

HIRES 4.0, supports the new 256 Line transmission mode, as well as Martins 4.6 EPROM, and the new HQ (image sharpen) mode, for the ROBOT 1200c. Tom's home page has all the details.

If you're are interested in new fonts and transparences for Tom's program check out the following web pages: Download Fonts and download Transparencies. Thanks to Bob, G0AZX's, and Doug, G0EOJ.


One of the most popular software programs in the U.S. has been GSH-PC. This shareware program written by G. Szabados-Hann, DL4SAW, is a dual screen, slow scan program. Its simplicity, easy to configure characteristics and good performance make it appealing to many hams. It uses a hamcomm type serial interface and the documentation also includes enhancements to the basic hamcomm circuit. Download the latest GS-HPC Version 2.22

This is a "test drive" version that has nearly all the features of the registered version. It has some improvements over the version that was previously available. Once unzipped, this new version can be identified by the date of 5/12/97 for the file, GHSPC22.EXE and by the size of this file - 371,034 bytes. Thanks Dave, KB4YZ.

Ahora en espanol, DL4SAW. Gracias Blas, EA7GIB.

Slow Scan for Windows

This first windows compatible slow scan program was written by Don Rotier, K0HEO. WinPix Pro for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 uses a Soundblaster card. From all comments heard and images I have observed, the results are very impressive. This is a commercially sold program and more information can be obtained directly from Don at 612-6335928. Don is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Don also has a new
web page. A trial version can be downloaded directly from his homepage.

And yet another slow scan program for windows 95(only) has been developed by Jim N7CXI and team. It's called W95SSTV and requires a multimedia level II compliant machine. If you want to start fast, this program is extremely easy to use. Check the details for your self directly from Jim's homepage and try the latest release now!.


The latest version of the ATFAX program is now ATFAX5,21 Some of the new things are: SSTV: Can now use Hamcomm modem (the little one, with one operations amplifier) to receive SSTV and FAX pictures that use frequency shift transmission. Can now use Viewport interface to receive SSTV and FAX pictures that use frequency shift transmission. More manipulation in the transmit editor. In the SSTV mode the last received picture is transferred into the TX-menu, so that you can comment it, while you are preparing your own pictures. FAX pictures from weather satellites: Better sync when receiving pictures from geostationary satellites Better colouring of pictures from geostationary satellites. Special catalog for geostationary and orbital satellites. Special catalog for the pictures, that are used in film reproduction of pictures received from the geostationary satellites. ATFAX interface: No changes Program: Everything regarding ATFAX lies on a 1.44Mb 3,5" diskette or can be downloaded from the internet on the following address. You can also get the diskette bye sending a addressed envelope with 5 US dollar and 1,44Mb 3,5" formatted diskette to this address: OZ1AT Anders H. Andersen Norremarksvej 36 DK-9440 Aabybro Denmark On the packed file you’ll find the ATFAX program, calibration and test program for the ATFAX interface, program for making diagrams, printdrawings, placing of components, connections diagram and a 90 pages manual on English or Danish. Vy 73, OZ1AT Anders Remember that ATFAX is freeware, that may be copied and used by all radioamatuers.

Introducing JVFAX

The shareware program written by Eberhard Backeshoff DK8JV is called JVFAX Version 7.0. A later version is also available which eliminates GIF image format compatibility but adds built-in TGA capability. Download JVFAX Version 7.1 also. Many hams started with this program and today it is still very popular as it offers lots of capability including WEFAX, most popular slow scan modes and high resolution color fax. JVFAX uses a simple Hamcomm interface and features up to 64K color capability.

Attention ViewPort Owners

ViewPort is now compatible with JVFAX. John Montalbano, KA2PYJ, has written a TSR shareware program called VPTSR.ZIP that permits operation with JVFAX. It works very well! The color FAX mode which is part of JVFAX is very impressive with 640 pixels per line.

Introducing HiScan For ViewPort

Leif Lundskov, OZ2LW, has written a nice shareware slow scan program for the ViewPort. Its called HiScan. The program has a "windows" like look and is menu driven. Checkout all the details and download the latest directly from Leif's home page.

Multi-Tasking SSTV Software

A shareware program written by Mike Versteeg, PA3GPY, is receiving excellent comments from hams that are using it. The program is called MSCAN. (version 2.1) It was the first program that permited simultaneous multi-tasking such as image reception and image loading. It works with an inexpensive serial interface and a 24 bit color video card. Mike's release 2.1 is compatible with virtually every interface on the planet including Viewport, Hamcomm, Easyfax, Microscan, Multiscan, PK900 and comparator op amps. You can find out the latest program and news directly from Mike's homepage.

Vester Slow Scan System, Version M+

Ben Vester, K3BC, developed and has continuously improved the Vester software system over the past several years. Ben's software is recognized for outstanding image quality in both receive and transmit using a simple serial interface similar to the Hamcomm circuit. This software, which Ben offers as freeware, supports all popular slow scan modes including AVT, and FAX480. Unlike some recent programs , Ben's software does not require an op-amp offset adjustment pot. He has upgraded the software to permit a picture header and quad image transmission. In recent releases, installation and setup has been made easier. Ben was kind of enough to recently send me his latest software which he describes as one step beyond rev M. Ben has made significant improvements in Scottie 1 and has added in-line graphics. Download VESTER_M+. If you already have the M version(7/20/96) then download VESTMADD.ZIP to update to the latest configuration.

Soundblaster Slow Scan TV

If you have sound blaster or a compatible card, then a full featured commercial software product called "Color SSTV" is available from Harlan Technologies. Call (815)398-2683 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (815)398-2683      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Evenings and weekends are best. If you would like to try it, a shareware version of the product is available. Download Sound Blaster SSTV(422K) now, connect cables, and be on the air today! For more information click Here.

From The Island of Malta

Brian, 9H1JS, has written a shareware program which decodes FAX & SSTV signals using the sound blaster card. You can download a trial veriosn and find out more directly from his website.

And Brian has just added Baudot RTTY to his program. See his web page for details as Brian is getting excellent results.


This program was written by Jamie Philbrook, KA1LPA. Version 3 features 64K colours, small paint mode that will let you do lettering of multiple styles, Quad picture past function transparent over lay for pasting, line, pen,spray, plus much more. It also decodes WEFAX. It requires a Hamcomm type interface. There does not appear to be a large number of stations using this program but those that use the registered version seem pleased. Certainly the images that I have received from stations using this program are very good. The registered version features up to 200 postage stamp images for easy image review. Download the latest demo program from his website.

And now there is a windows shareware version available called WinSkan. .

VE3ESZ Brings Excellent Slow Scan To MFJ1278

Pierre, Ve3ESZ, describes modifications so that MFJ1278 owners can enjoy slow scan! Pierre reports that these Mods work very well with JVFAX, MSCAN, VESTER. Have a look at his website. Thanks Pierre for letting us know.

Narrow Band Television Association

Check out a different form of amateur television.

Thanks to Grant, G8CGK, for letting us know of this mode.

No Time to Build Anything?

Lots of hams have this problem. So here are some purchase options:

Note: This may not be a complete list. Please email me with any additions or corrections. Sorry, I'm not aware of any Mac compatible programs.

Robot 1200 Users

Bill Montgomery, VE3EC, has updated Robot helper with a WIN95 version. Robot 1200 users can download the NEW http://www.tigertronics.comThis Windows shareware application controls the Robot, supports lots of image formats and has many handy features. Thanks Bill and keep up the good work!

A growing number of slow scan programs are supporting color depths far in excess of 32K. MSCAN(16.7M), GSHPC(16.7M), PASOKON(16.7M) and VESTER(262K) are programs that transmit and receive with large color depth resulting in outstanding natural color with the appropriate images. Do you know how many different colors exist in your images? Download Paint Shop Pro in either 16 bit or 32 bit versions. Paint Shop Pro is an excellent shareware paint program that among its many capabilities can count the number of different colors in your image. Download this program and try it today!

Another excellent graphics program is called LviewPro. Find out more and download the latest version from the author's homepage.

Sorry, nothing new to report.

Link to the IVCA Home page.

News of JA Satellite SSTV By JA2BWH/1

Japan is now using Satellite SSTV! For the past few years, Japan hams were are not allowed to operate satellite SSTV. But by the effort of SSTV enthusiasists, they became able to QRV. The frequency is fixed 145.950MHz at the Downlink on each satellite now. But we expect this limitation will be disapear till next spring. Please listen to SSTV signals through satellites from JA ! An attached picture was received by JE2VVN/INOUE on 4th Nov. by AO-10. Thank You JA2BWH/1 for this report.

SSTV Flies High With Civil Air Patrol

Find out how Brian, N8XLT, Bob, KC8CAV, Mike, KB8TRM and other Civil Air Patrol Personnel are using airborne SSTV. It's a unique application and packaging solution for

KE7GH Launches New Internet Reflector

BitBucket is a mailing list (reflector) devoted to specialized amateur radio communication techniques. Send a message to the reflector and all those on the mailing list receive the message by e-mail. Topics include:

To subscribe, send email to majordomo@primenet.com with body of message containing the following:


You will receive a return E-mail if you successfully subscribed. As the free exchange of ideas is encouraged, if you pay for email service by the byte you may want to consider carefully before subscribing. Translated this means you may receive alot of E-mail. BitBucket has NO organizational sponsors. It is paid for by KE7GH. Thanks Brian for letting us know.

New Phone Program Provides Slow Scan-Like Capability

There's a reason why you haven't heard me on 14.230 lately. Internet Phone version 4.0 has kept me busy! Internet phone permits high quality phone conversation throughout the world. But the best news is that version 4.0 includes a white board which facilitates exchange of images. One simply imports a jpg image to the white board and within 1-2 minutes the image(depends on image size and internet traffic) can be seen perfectly by the receiving station on their white board. Its not exactly like amateur radio but it's a very close second. While a round table conversation is not possible yet, the conversations are very much like actual ham contacts but without the QRM, etc. So if you are without equipment or antennas try internet phone. A week long trial version can be found at this link.

And now vocaltec has upgraded its popular phone program with live video. Download Iphone4.5 and enjoy video along with the audio. Works best with pentium computers.

Picture DX Bulletin

See the latest "Picture DX Bulletin(June 97)" from Danny, ON4VT.

You can also ask to receive it automatically each month without the pictures. Here are a few excerpts from June:

More and more South Korean stations show up: HL3CJ, HL5BLI, HL1KTX etc

So far the only UA0 station active in SSTV is UA0OB, Toly.

SV9DJV and SV9DRO are daily around 14230.

RA2FB, Alex showed up also. Guess he’s the only SSTV station in Kaliningrad.

Another new country in SSTV: CT3FEB, JOE, has started up in SSTV from Madeira Island.

4K6D is also daily seen with CQ pictures on 20 meters.

The 17 meter frequency 18160 is frequently used by far east stations in SSTV. Seen on 17 meter: JA2BWH/1, BA4AD, 9M2AE ... etc.

New HF SSTV Repeater Now Available

Today Friday 23 May an experimental SSTV repeater is on 28700 Mhz USB. It's a simplex repeater using only ONE frequency.


Repeater location: JO21IB Heist op den Berg BELGIUM

Repeater callsign: ON4VRB

How to operate the repeater? -Give a short 1750Hz tone (not build in in HF transceivers but easy to generate, even with a short wistle the repeater opens, or use SSTV software with build in 1750Hz tone-generator (like MSCAN or JVFAX) ). -Send your picture within 8 seconds after the repeaters "k" tone. This tone is send to confirm the repeater is open. -5 seconds after your picture is finished , the repeater replays your picture on the same frequency and in the same mode . (modes available: M1, M2, S1, S2, Scottie DX, Robot 72) -Every 15 minutes without activity the rpeater will transmit its beacon picture.

The repeater crew: Sysop ON6JG Co-sysops ON1DBS ON4CEI ON4VT

Reports and remarks please to ON4VT

Pratt Kansas Full of SSTV'ers

Pratt, Kansas has a population of just over 8000, with 25 active hams in town, and at least 1/4 of them capable of receiving SSTV. There are 7 that have SSTV transmission capability as well, and more building the Hamcomm interfaces to be able to run JVFAX. AA0FI has created a pcboard to make assembly of the interface as painless as possible and the local Radio Shack stocks the parts. Jim, W0EB, reports that there is a a hotbed of local activity on 2 meters using the simplex frequency of 145.70 Mhz. Its always great to hear stories like this and we thank Jim for letting us know.

Announcing New 10 Meter SSTV Net

A 10 meter SSTV net is now active on a frequency of 28.680 Mhz. Time Saturday 7:00 pm CST, 8:00 pm when Daylight savings time changes occurs. At the present time just a few local guys are on in the north Alabama because the band is not active. Hopefully this will change. Listen for one of the following stations KK4QI, AB4KK, or WD4LPG. The net is from Athens, Al. Thanks Joe, KK4QI, for letting us know!

Attention St. Paul, Minnesota

There is a Slow Scan TV net in the St. Paul, Minnesota area on Wed. nights 8 PM on 144.490. Thanks Jerry, K0HZI, for letting us know.

Attention South Florida

Join a weekly SSTV net every Monday around 8:00 PM on the Palm Beach 146.67 Mhz repeater. New check-ins are welcomed.

Attention St. Paul, Minnesota

There is a Slow Scan TV net in the St. Paul, Minnesota area on Wed. nights 8 PM on 144.490. Thanks Jerry, K0HZI, for letting us know.

Flat Bed Scanner Update By KD8CJ

Have you noticed how prices on flat bed scanners are dropping? Took a chance on a ScanTec 2c by Spot Technology recently, well under 189 bucks, does a very nice job, full page 16 mill colors,a ton of software on disk it has its own card and cable,not scuzzy, but was plug and play, even with 16 bit sound card and all the other cards installed no surprises, its a little slow but not much slower than the big buck scanners...

Epson has several at 200 and under also.

Excellent for all those 35mm pics you may have from vacations... Thanks to Wayne, Kd8cj.

Video Frame Grabbers & Digital Cameras

Digital cameras are becoming increasingly popular to slow scan hams. Start your investigation of this subject with this excellent page of comparisons. Also see the camera comparisons as presented by PC Magazine.

While many of us are using Computer Eyes RT as a video frame grabber, there is a new frame grabber on the market which appears to be an excellent candidate for amateur radio slow scan TV. It's called Snappy from Play Incorporated. It captures 16.8 million colors in resolutions far greater than that needed for slow scan. Its an external device and uses parallel I/O. It's priced at $200. And Snappy has just released a 32 bit version of their software . Click Snappy now for more information.

Digital Vision has a new high resolution frame grabber. Check out the Digital Vision Homepage. Review their latest software release. Also Digital Vision's HAMCAP now supports up to 640 x 480 resolution and 16 million colors. These can be downloaded from WB2OSZ.

E-mail Addresses of SSTV HAMS

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Other Amateur Links

Blue Ridge Digital Society
DX Hound Homepage Lots of Amateur Bookmarks
Radio Club Satelite
Maritime Mobile Net
Boston Amateur Radio Club
N5LJV Ham Radio Home Page
Amateur Radio Reference
The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Amateur Radio
W6BHZ - Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club
Ham Radio and More Home Page
Welcome To the Amateur Radio Web Server
The American Radio Relay League
F5JTL/WX3W Home Page
NewsLine Amateur Radio News
Entertainment:Radio:Amateur Radio News
KB7UV's Amateur Radio Resources
Alachua Freenet - Amateur Radio
Clear Lake Amateur Radio Club
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Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas
Durham Radio

WB4EJC Equipment

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