GOES Satellite Hunt (Part 1 – Antenna System)

So few people know that I started a crusade against GOES 13 Satellite. My idea was to capture the GOES 13 signal (that’s reachable in São Paulo) with a good SNR (enough to decode) and them make all the toolkit to demodulate, decode and output the images and other data they send. I wanted a high-res image, and the L-Band transmissions usually provide that (GOES for example is 1km/px with whole earth sphere in frame. A 10000 x 10000 pixels image) So I choose GOES over other Weather Satellites mainly because GOES is a Geostationary Satellite. That means its position...

New way to measure filters and my new filter

So I’m still mad about the FM Spectrum (88-108MHz) noise I get when using a LNA or something else. So I’m still looking for a nice and easy way to filter out these signals. Last time I posted about a TV/FM Diplexer, that works great, but doesn’t attenuate enough the signals. So the solution would be cascading several of them, but I found that is very hard to find one Diplexer or FM Trap filter those days. So I started looking out how to make my own filters. So I reopened Adam’s Website (LNA4ALL) that have a small filter he...

FM/TV Diplexer Test

So it has been a time since my last post (again). Today I’m writting about a TV/FM Diplexer that I bought to address a issue that I’m having here with my NOAA stuff. So the biggest problem is that in São Paulo the FM Radio (88-110MHz) are VERY strong. I can receive a -40dBm signal with a RTL-SDR with no gains in almost all channels. This is a big issue since the RTL-SDR does not have a input filter (actually it has, see my patches at https://github.com/librtlsdr/librtlsdr ) the LNA gets very easily saturated when getting gains over 25dB (usually needed by APT...

Recording NOAA APT Signals with GQRX and RTL-SDR on Linux

GQRX NOAA 18 Signal So you all saw my last posts [ Play with SDR and Intel Edison! QFH Antenna and my first reception of NOAA! ] but I actually didn’t explained how to capture and decode APT Signals using your computer (in this case, with Linux). So here it is! For this article I’m using Ubuntu 15.04, but actually any distro will work well (I think most of them have the needed packages) So the first thing you need to do is to get all needed hardware to start playing. I’ve already tested my i7 Skylake Laptop, a Intel Edison and LeMaker Guitar...

LeMaker Guitar Review

So I few weeks ago I received a LeMaker Guitar board that I won on a contest. I got really happy about that and they sent by DHL that made everything went really fast. As usual, in Brazil the tax everything including prizes and samples, so I got R$90 of taxes over the board. I won’t complain much about it, because it was cheap and expected. So after some time (sorry for the long time, I got really busy 🙁 ) I managed to write this review about this board! So talking about the board specs. This is a QuadCore ARM Cortex...