Radio ham finds signal from ‘dead’ NASA satellite
Scott Tilley VE7TIL / VA7LF discovered a signal from the IMAGE satellite that NASA lost contact with in 2005
Arstechnica reports earlier this week, an amateur radio astronomer named Scott Tilley decided to have a look for the presence of secret military satellites.
It’s something he apparently does semi-regularly, and in this case his search was inspired by the Zuma satellite, a secret US government payload that was reportedly lost on its way to space.
Most accounts have suggested that Zuma failed to make it to orbit, but the secrecy of the mission (we’ve got no clear idea what Zuma even was) means that everything about its fate is unclear. Tilley could either find a hint that Zuma is up there—or stumble across some other hardware put into space by other countries.
Instead, he found an undead NASA mission.
Given the clear indication of a radio signal, Tilley matched its orbit to a NASA satellite called IMAGE.
Space Weather article
Scott Tilley VE7TIL / VA7LF
Designed for Weak Signal, Tropo Scatter, Meteor Scatter, Digital, & Contest Operation! The BEKO HLV-1250 is a special 25th Anniversary Amplifier c... Read more
Yaesu FTM-3207DR and FT-2980R will be available late summer / early fall! Yaesu FT-2980R 80W FM 2M Mobile Transceiver As its model name suggests, the... Read more
Icom UK will be showcasing its latest range of marine communication products at this year’s Southampton Boatshow. Launching at this year’s Southampton... Read more
“I originally did this video as part of a monthly presentation for my local ham radio club. Its got some specific references to the Auburn CA cl... Read more
The IC-M423G is an enhanced version of the IC-M423 fixed mount VHF/DSC with some new enhancements including an integrated GPS Receiver which allows cu... Read more
Description RT82 is a dual band DMR radio Frequency band:136-174 & 400-480MHz 10000 Contacts IP67 Waterproof Use Time-Division Multiple-Acces... Read more
Here is a video explaining the basic comparisons to each one of these radios Read more
The RECON provides a multipurpose antenna system, which can be configured to launch your signal in the manner as circumstances require. Many short-ran... Read more
In this video I show the ground radial wire I use, and talk about laying a radial field under my Hustler 4BTV vertical ham radio antenna ... Read more
MFJ-1204 Includes radio interface cable (8-PIN DIN) Sign up for the digital revolution and explore a whole new world of amateur radio excitement using... Read more
JS8Call Download “Hi folks! Happy to announce 0.8 of JS8Call. This is a backwards incompatible release (which is the primary reason for it being... Read more