[amsat-bb] Re: NIWAKA detected in VT on 5.84 GHz!

Mike Seguin N1JEZ n1jez at burlingtontelecom.net
Sat Nov 10 05:46:26 PST 2012

Hi Mark,

Very simple system. I was not trying to capture the pictures, but merely 
detect the signal. So I used my terrestrial 5.760 DEMI transverter. Measured 
it on the bench at 5.84 GHz, it was down about 15 dB from 5.76 G.... The 
transverter uses a 144 MHz IF, so simply used my Funcube set to 224 MHz.

The dish is 2' with a Directive Systems 5.76 G feed horizontally polarized. 
I calibrated Azimuth using Sun Alignment yesterday and left the tripod set 
up over night. The little green object on top is a digital inclinometer. 
Netbook is running HDSDR for the FunCube.


Real crude, but worked. I'd like to dig up a 5.84 G preamp.....


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark L. Hammond" <marklhammond at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] NIWAKA detected in VT on 5.84 GHz!

> Congrats, Mike!  That's a nice result.
> Do you have details of your downconverter/receive/antenna system posted 
> online?
> 73,
> Mark N8MH
> At 08:03 AM 11/10/2012 -0500, Mike Seguin N1JEZ wrote:
>>Hi Takushi,
>>Success! I was able to detect NIWAKA. It was lower in frequency that I 
>>expected, but with the Funcube, easy to spot.
>>The Doppler was huge! and I was moving the dish almost continuous to try 
>>and keep up. I'll edit the I&Q RF file and post it so folks can play it 
>>back for themselves.
>>Two quick screen shots. In the first shot, you can see the signal on the 
>>left side Doppler shifting down. In the second shot, a close up of one 
>>data burst with Doppler - about 3 secs or so...
>>The 5.84 GHz transmitter seemed to come on very close to the set time. 
>>First detection at 12:24:21 UTC.
>>More later.
>>Mike, N1JEZ
>>AMSAT 29649
>>"A closed mouth gathers no feet"

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