Through the first half of 2016, British astronaut Tim Peake was aboard the ISS. During this time he carried out a number of 2m FM voice contacts with schools.. For the first few contacts, I used a Baofeng handy with a 2m whip antenna, which worked quite well for listening in, but it was not ideal. I also tried using my very basic $$\frac{1}{2}\lambda$$ antenna. This didn’t seem to work much better, and I was starting to notice some pager interference coming in too.