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Offline michaeloconnell78

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Wideband PC receivers
« on: 20:02:47, 09 August, 2009 »
I'm looking to make a start in radio astronomy.
I had a look at a few sites and I see people using the ICOM PCR1000 Receiver.
Where can one get something like it second-hand?
Are there other options avialable to me which would do the same job?

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Michael.
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Re: Wideband PC receivers
« Reply #1 on: 22:43:26, 09 August, 2009 »
eBay would be the first place to start.   :D
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Re: Wideband PC receivers
« Reply #2 on: 07:21:58, 14 August, 2009 »
I've had a look there but no joy.

Any s/h ham radio equipment shops around?

Michael.
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Re: Wideband PC receivers
« Reply #3 on: 07:26:36, 14 August, 2009 »
SDR (Software defined radios') are getting more plentiful and cheaper.
Waters and Stanton, Martin Lynch, Nevada Communications etc are good sources of ham gear (Google them)
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Re: Wideband PC receivers
« Reply #4 on: 12:42:23, 14 August, 2009 »
There's a PCR1500 on eBay (buy-it-now at £300+ though   :surprise: ) which covers up to 3GHz
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Re: Wideband PC receivers
« Reply #5 on: 22:59:42, 14 August, 2009 »
Thanks Dave.
It's a bit more than I would like to pay though.
The ICOM PCR1000 should sell for a lot less than that I reckon.

Thanks for the suggestion Roger. I'll look into that.

Michael.

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Re: Wideband PC receivers
« Reply #6 on: 23:19:16, 14 August, 2009 »
Check out the Elektor Electronics website for an SDR kit (ready-made) that connects to your PC via USB and only costs around £80.

Construction details and software (free) can be found here:

http://www.elektor.com/magazines/2007/may/software-defined-radio.91527.lynkx

and check this for the kit (actually £86):

http://www.elektor.com/products/kits-modules/modules-(-9x)/software-defined-radio-(070039-91).91475.lynkx
Dave Gill

250/f4.5 newt, 150/f5 refractor, Mak 127, lots of bits'n'pieces mostly homebrewed.

 

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