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saemark30
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Radio Scanners for Radio Astronomy?
      #5603417 - 01/03/13 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.


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Re: Radio Scanners for Radio Astronomy? new [Re: saemark30]
      #6236777 - 12/06/13 08:08 AM

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

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Re: Radio Scanners for Radio Astronomy? new [Re: dobsoscope]
      #6428225 - 03/25/14 10:56 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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