[amsat-bb] AO-51 S-band // WIFI USB dongle as receiver?

ac0z ac0z at arrl.net
Fri Feb 25 11:15:05 PST 2011

Hello to the AMSAT brain trust.  I am new to satellites and have a new 
person question:

 > Is there any way to utilize a WIFI (2.4 GHZ, 13cm) USB dongle (with 
SMA ant. port) into a gain antenna, and successfully receive the S-band 
downlink from AO-51?  This is a 13cm transceiver, but I suspect the 
answer is no.  I already have a 24db gain dish, so I thought I would 
ask.  Outside of WIFI, is there anything useful I can do with this 
dongle?  The more conventional units (transverters, receivers, etc.) are 
a bit spendy for me right now.  thanks.  paul  ac0z

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