When I first became active in Ham Radio in the early 1980's, getting on the air with Slow-Scan TV required all sorts of specialty equipment. Back in those pre-VCR days, cameras and scan converters were expensive! Today, the ever present (and ever cheaper) personal computer has changed everything. Now all it takes to get on the air with SSTV is a PC, some downloadable software, and a simple sound card interface! This gallery was created primarily to give those interested in SSTV an idea of results which can be expected using such software.
Here are a few samples of some analog SSTV pictures I received in the late 90's. The equipment I used back then consisted of an Icom IC-746 transceiver, a 586 class 166 Mhz computer with a Pro Audio Spectrum 16 sound card, and Silicon Pixel's Win95SSTV software.
ANALOG SSTV IMAGES RECEIVED FROM MIR SPACE STATION ON 2 METERS USING WIN95SSTV SOFTWARE:
ANALOG SSTV IMAGES RECEIVED ON HF BANDS USING WIN95SSTV SOFTWARE:
Next up are some more analog SSTV pictures I received on various HF bands using Makoto Mori's excellent MMSSTV software. Equipment consisted of a Kenwood TS-2000X transceiver, B&W-90 folded dipole HF antenna, a computer built around a surplus Intel P-4 1.6 Ghz motherboard with integrated audio, and a home made sound card interface.
ANALOG SSTV IMAGES RECEIVED ON HF BANDS USING MMSSTV SOFTWARE:
Finally, here are a few samples of some DIGITAL SSTV pictures received on the 20 meter HF band. The equipment consisted of the same radio, interface, and computer as described in the section above, but using EasyPal software. The images below have been resized to fit the format of this page. Click on the thumbnails below to see the actual full-sized, unaltered images as received off-air.
DIGITAL SSTV IMAGES RECEIVED ON 20 METER HF BAND USING EASYPAL SOFTWARE: