There are many stations already located around the earth that have been tracking the International Space Station for HamTv. They are using 1.2m dishes, std. DVBS S-2 boards and Sat. tracking software with AZ and EL devices, 2.4Ghz antennas and down converters. I am sure they would be happy to help out with your initial start, tracking reports, and reception reports, if given the chance. You can find more at:
I am the closest down link station from New York. Look me up if you need more info.