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Offline Peter Shah

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my radio telescope
« on: 11:20:43, 08 February, 2009 »
What a great new section  :urock:
some of you may have seen this already, its a simple receiver that picks up meteor scatter....here are a few results from last years perseids

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an AG12 and a few other bits

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Re: my radio telescope
« Reply #1 on: 13:07:34, 08 February, 2009 »
A good friend of mine Chris Heapy collects radio meteor observations from is home in Henbury. He uses the same software and uses a discone antenna in side his roof. With this he is able to pick up Meteors, Sporadic E and Aurora.

With you're equipment Peter can you pick up Jupiter's radio noise and anything else?
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Re: my radio telescope
« Reply #2 on: 14:14:34, 08 February, 2009 »
i expect i can with the correct antenna.....the receiver has a very wide range with all modes.....something i will have to look into

i also use it to receive weather satellite pictures
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Re: my radio telescope
« Reply #3 on: 15:43:20, 08 February, 2009 »
Peter,

       What with the weather i have been looking at starting radio astromony. I like the idea of picking up the meteor scatter.

       I already have a multiband receiver but i am unsure of the type of antenna to use and the best freqs for the uk.

       I have read through various websites but i seem to be getting more confused!!! I guess i just need an idiots guide  :confused:

       Any chance you could just give a brief description of your setup.

Thanks,

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Re: my radio telescope
« Reply #4 on: 18:51:30, 08 February, 2009 »
Cool, nice to see that there is someone here who is doing some radio-astronomy.

I am really interested in starting up but i think i`ll have to wait until done with the studies.

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Re: my radio telescope
« Reply #5 on: 21:42:30, 08 February, 2009 »
Peter,

       What with the weather i have been looking at starting radio astromony. I like the idea of picking up the meteor scatter.

       I already have a multiband receiver but i am unsure of the type of antenna to use and the best freqs for the uk.

       I have read through various websites but i seem to be getting more confused!!! I guess i just need an idiots guide  :confused:

       Any chance you could just give a brief description of your setup.

Thanks,

Paul...   
no problem paul....i am only a beginner myself and know very little, there are quite a few members on the forum who have lots more knowledge in this field.
The principle for the UK, as i understand it  is this.....radio waves from European analog TV stations transmit around the 50MHz range. The signal from these stations are way up in the ionosphere. When a meteor crashes through these transmitions a small portion is reflected down to us. This can be heard as a tone or as the sound from a TV program, depending on what mode you are receiving in. My receiver is set to listen to a Czech station 59.2567MHz in USB mode. You will also need a directional aerial. i use Spectrum Lab software and a sound recorder to capture the data.


an AG12 and a few other bits

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Re: my radio telescope
« Reply #6 on: 22:37:31, 08 February, 2009 »
Peter,

       Thanks for the reply. Whats the antenna that you have in the picture? Will sort the software out and see what i can get :D

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Re: my radio telescope
« Reply #7 on: 10:16:27, 09 February, 2009 »
you need a 50mhz Yagi type aerial....the one in the picture is very similar its a H aerial.
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Re: my radio telescope
« Reply #8 on: 12:58:43, 09 February, 2009 »
Hi All,

You might want to have a look here,  www.rsgb.org

Might be some information on there for you all.


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Re: my radio telescope
« Reply #9 on: 22:03:58, 30 April, 2009 »
Better to look here:

http://www.britastro.org/radio/

I am a BAA RAG committee member - happy to help if I can. We have a small company that is developing modules for a plug and play radio telescope, a VLF receiver and magnetometer are about to be released.

Regards

Martyn

 

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