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    Cool Got my my first WX satellite images

    Since I was home sick today I decided to test my skills and get my very first image/s from the NOAA birds. The picture is not great, but its start and I was very encouraged after a few failed attempts. This picture was collected with my ICOM R8500 and a Discone in the attic with WXtoIMG software. Next time I'll setup the FunCubeDongle and see how it goes. Anyone else into this? would love see other picture and hear about your setups.


    noaa-15-05010026-hvct.jpg

    Kelvin
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    Picutre 2of5: The IC-R8500 has the wrong filter BW's 12Khz or 125KHz. Instead of the more ideal 30-50KHZ


    noaa-15-05010026-msa.jpg

    Kelvin

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    That's pretty cool!
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    I'm not a huge fan of eggbeaters, but they work well in certain applications.... Both the ISS and WeFAX are great satellites for reception with an inexpensive, homemade eggbeater. A lot of people use verticals with mild success but they often do not realize how much of the pass they're missing. I visited one ham in Mississippi who leaves his running on the WeFax or ISS all the time just using an Eggbeater and I would surmise he is copying 3x what a station using a vertical only would see, if not more.

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    W5PFG,

    Agreed, my antenna selection was limited at that time and the Discone actually did better than my Diamond dual band vertical during my back to back testing. If I have time this weekend I'm going to try and build a QHA antenna like the one below.

    http://perso.wanadoo.es/dimoni/ant_qha.htm

    KM

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    Quote Originally Posted by KE6CRK View Post
    W5PFG,

    Agreed, my antenna selection was limited at that time and the Discone actually did better than my Diamond dual band vertical during my back to back testing. If I have time this weekend I'm going to try and build a QHA antenna like the one below.

    http://perso.wanadoo.es/dimoni/ant_qha.htm

    KM
    You will love the Quadrafilar Helix. I have a small one for UHF that works wonders for its size. If you can't go with a directional antenna, it's almost the next best thing.

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    KE6CRK - VERY exciting stuff - great work!

    Clint K6LCS
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    Quote Originally Posted by KE6CRK View Post
    Picutre 2of5: The IC-R8500 has the wrong filter BW's 12Khz or 125KHz. Instead of the more ideal 30-50KHZ


    noaa-15-05010026-msa.jpg

    Kelvin
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    Hey Kelvin,

    Here's two links to Helix Antennas that can be purchased if you choose to do so. I have an Antennas.us UC-4364-328 that I picked up after reading an article from N5AFV. Antennas.us also makes a dedicated WX Sat QHA. National RF makes their Turbo-Tenna for the WX Birds.

    Antennas.us
    http://www.antennas.us/store/c/83-Am...-Antennas.html

    National RF
    http://www.nationalrf.com/satellite-tenna.htm

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