[amsat-bb] Best SDR for satellite reception

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Aug 14 00:44:35 UTC 2017


Thanks for your opinion! We all get one. Particularly if you've paid the
> $$$$.
​Nobody has to pay to have an opinion, of course. When it comes
to offering advice on using SDRs, in particular for ham satellite
downlinks, yes - I have paid a fair amount to try different
options. I wanted to try SDR for satellite downlinks, and went
through the process of trying different options. This required
some monetary investment, but I learned a lot for my own
satellite operations. It has also let me offer informed opinions
on different options I have tried.

I have to admit when I saw your bold pronouncement that the Nooelec
dongle was the best SDR, my initial reaction was laughter. Between
my own experiences and reading so many posts in different forums on
the disappointment in the performance of these dongles for ham
satellite downlinks, it was funny to see that. Unfortunately, someone
may see your post, try a Nooelec dongle as the downlink receiver to
work ham satellites, and come away frustrated when it doesn't perform

Enjoy your nice weather, and your toys...

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