I have been slowly working on a new project.
I have been getting parts together to build my own.
Sounds like it would be a bit of a daunting task.
But now days? It is not that hard.
With the advent of SDR “Software-defined radio”
“Software-defined radio (SDR) is a radio communication system where components that have been traditionally implemented in hardware (e.g. mixers, filters, amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, detectors, etc.) are instead implemented by means of software on a personal computer or embedded system. While the concept of SDR is not new, the rapidly evolving capabilities of digital electronics render practical many processes which were once only theoretically possible.”
Some one with even a modest amount of computer savvy.
And a small interest in Radio astronomy.
With a small budget and a few parts. Can build one in a week end.
what you need?
A SDR. I am using a RTL-SDR dongel.
A computer with the right software.
I am using. Airspy SDR# (SDRSharp) revision 1811 software.
You can get this free.
Most SDR software is free BTW.
And something to use as a antenna.
This is where it can become a nightmare if you over think it.
I am going for a variation on a simple dipole antenna.
Using 2 slinkeys. and some coax to connect it with.
Very simple but very affective. Where I am limited on space.
It will work fine. It is a variation on the coaxial dipole antenna.
If it works only half as good as I hope? This will be fun.
Will be posting my findings here.
You ideas and input are appreciated.
A screen shot