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Offline masterpikey

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ham radio HF tranciever, can it be used?
« on: 00:50:53, 29 August, 2011 »
hey everyone, ive just been given a Kenwood TS-530s transceiver. It has a band range of 1.5 to 29.5.
I remember from using this for amature radio years ago that it would pick up Aurora and other solar related events. I was just wondering how good this would be for picking up meteor scatter and other events, and what i would need to get going

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Re: ham radio HF tranciever, can it be used?
« Reply #1 on: 01:07:45, 29 August, 2011 »
I know absolutely nothing about radio astronomy but I do know that this site should have some useful information for you (there's a beginners link in the right hand column).


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Re: ham radio HF tranciever, can it be used?
« Reply #2 on: 13:56:35, 29 August, 2011 »
No the TS530s isnt going to be much use for radio astronomy.
Although the range may 1.5 to 29.5 MHz, it is in small sections that only cover the amateur allocations.
Most radio astronomy uses frequencies above the range of this rig. I think you would be better off with a scanner receiver. They would have more chance of covering the frequencies needed for any astronomic phenomena.

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Re: ham radio HF tranciever, can it be used?
« Reply #3 on: 21:31:42, 30 August, 2011 »
your all over my posts baz, the ts450s that i have is the U.S. model from the 80's and has no band restrictions, i remember having to be so carefull keeping within the allocated band of 28MHz for a novice liscence, with this in mind do u still reecon that there isnt much use in it, and would be the possibilities of modding the unit to pick up the frequencies needed, as it has quite a beefy amp in it

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Re: ham radio HF tranciever, can it be used?
« Reply #4 on: 21:39:33, 30 August, 2011 »
You said TS530 in your first post, which rig are we actually talking about?
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Re: ham radio HF tranciever, can it be used?
« Reply #5 on: 23:23:19, 30 August, 2011 »
 :duh: defo a face-palm mo from me, its defo TS-530s

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Re: ham radio HF tranciever, can it be used?
« Reply #6 on: 07:17:48, 10 October, 2011 »
good info
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Re: ham radio HF tranciever, can it be used?
« Reply #7 on: 15:08:20, 11 October, 2011 »
The TS530S is designed ground up for HF ham band operaiton only so really will not be of use. You will not get much MS detection below 50MHz and up. A scanner reciever and soundcard if you want to decode HSMS transmissions would be best. The Graves Radar on 143.050 is a good one to listen out for (Google it). You will obviously need and antenna of some sort too - a wide band discone type will receive the stronger bursts.
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