[amsat-bb] Outernet L-Band Service

Rick Walter wb3csy at gmail.com
Wed Oct 19 16:03:20 UTC 2016

Since reading about the Outernet, I am becoming more curious. I have a Funcube Dongle Pro + connected to my discone antenna going into my windows 7 laptop, running SDR Console. I am hearing a signal that sounds like data with about 2-3 second breaks every so often. The frequency is 1,539.793 MHz and I have the decode in Data USB 24 KHz bandwidth. The signal is -60 dBM on the signal strength meter. Is it possible I am hearing this signal from the bird or could it be a local source? I already have 4 versions of the Raspberry Pi but figured this would be a reason to purchase the version 3! We all need a good excuse to present to the XYL. 

When using the programs to calculate my pointing direction for the bird, I get two different numbers for the azimuth with two different programs. The elevation is the same. I wish all the programs would accept E or W longitude instead of the 0 to 360 degrees. I guess that makes it easier for the programmer but they usually allow you to give N or S latitude. 

Finally, I keep thinking if I get all the components to grab this data, is it really worth it other than to say I did it? Thanks for any guidance or comments. 
Rick - WB3CSY

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