[amsat-bb] SDRPlay and Satellites

Scott scott23192 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 15:50:08 UTC 2016

Matt, I put the "amateur" in amateur radio, but I find that the SDRPlay 
works great for satellite reception (FM or SSB).

I only have FM transmit capability, but I often monitor the SSB satellite 
passes and it sure makes it easy to have a visual indication of where the 
downlink signals are located.  I have nothing but the highest admiration for 
the years that people have spent finding downlink signals with a 
conventional radio where you can't SEE the signal, but have to hunt for it 
by tuning around.  Just amazing.

Anyway, I don't think I could go back from the ease of  use that an SDR 
display gives you on finding downlink signals.  Auto-doppler tracking is an 
nice bonus, too!

-Scott,  K4KDR
Montpelier, VA  USA


-----Original Message----- 
From: Matt Patterson
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 11:32 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] SDRPlay and Satellites

Hi All,

I've recently become interested again in working some of the satellites
that are still operational.  Back when I was active 4-5 years ago I was
working FM only and now want to get back into it and try FO-29 and AO-7
as well.  I purchased a SDRPlay with the hopes of using it as the
downlink receive and already have a Yaesu FT-857 (that I'll set to low
power) or a cheap Chinese HT as my uplink depending on the satellite.
Are there any others out there who use the SDRPlay for this purpose?  I
know Patrick (WD9EWK) has used one before and I have been corresponding
with him via e-mail but was just curious if there were any others out
there that do as well.

73 Matt

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