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#1 saemark30

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:41 PM

Would a radio scanner be useful for any type of radio astronomy?
Some can do 150kHz to 1.3GHz in AM, FM narrow and FM wide modes, with antenna ports.

#2 dobsoscope

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 08:08 AM

it may be useful for meteor scatter observations if you can set it to Upper or Lower Side Band modes.

#3 rkayakr

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:56 AM

There has been an explosion of multi-mode applications for inexpensive SDR dongles that plug into your computer USB port. They also have wide frequency range, capture and post processing.
Hardware examples are the $20 NooElec RTL-SDR dongle and the $150 FUNcube. Software includes SDR#, OsmoSDR, SeeDeR and HDSDR.
Many are aimed at satellite reception, but their wide frequency range and multiple modes could be useful for Solar, Jupiter and other radio Astronomy.






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