DelfiC3 cubesat recording

The DelfiC3 project is described here and the purpose of this experiment was to see whether a 3 element Yagi for 2 meter is sufficient to catch the signal. With the airspy, and the yagi shown below and sdrshap we found an SNR of approximately 10dB. You need to stay a few meter away from the notebook that records the data to avoid radio frequency interference.

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This is the 3 element yagi discussed further down this blog

This was the passage on 27-feb-2018 at 9:40 at the campus of the TU Delft. The elevation was approximately 30 degrees, and the ground track was eastwards. Mind that the satellite transmit power is no more than approximately 2 Watt and that the distance to the transmitter is some 2000 km.

PE4WJ added: the TX power is 10dB under the total power consumption, which is 2.4W. So 2.4 Watt minus 10dB = 0.24 Watt, or 23.8 dBm.

Last update: 5-Mar-2018

 

 

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40m WSPR

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At 15 past 8 when I turned the WSPR beacon off two DX stations sent in their report. New Zealand and Tasmania.

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The Antarctic WSPR station on Neumayer station heard my 500 mW signal on 40m. I was in WSPR transmit mode.

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What matters in radio propagation is power spectral density, the bandwidth is really small, (6 Hz) and the power is roughly that what you put in a flashlight. More about station Neumayer can be found here.

Last update: 7-Feb-2018

40m band

Screenshot of what I did last night on 40m with up to 16 receive frequencies in the waterfall. Good to have the software mute when I use the FT991A to transmit on a nearby wire antenna, the airspy hf+ is on a separate active antenna. My only wish is CAT control to this rig via MK2.

Last update: 4-Feb-2018