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Building A Simple and Inexpensive CubeSat Satellite Ground Station – Part 2

Building A Simple and Inexpensive CubeSat Satellite Ground Station – Part 2

By Bob and Jann Koepke In part 1, Bob and Jann wrote about the USB SDR (Software Defined Radio), the LNA (Low Noise Amplifier), and various sateliite antennas.  Now in part 2 (the final part), they describe the software, the QFH (Quadrafilar Helix antenna) they built, and how to put everything together.

Building A Simple and Inexpensive Satellite Ground Station – Part 1

Building A Simple and Inexpensive Satellite Ground Station – Part 1

By Bob and Jann Koepke When we think of ground stations for satellites, large antenna arrays and dishes immediately come to mind, along with a lot of expensive electronics.  But you can receive transmissions from many satellites using very inexpensive equipment.  An inexpensive RTL-SDR (Software Defined Radio) USB dongle and an omnidirectional antenna is a good start.