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Here's a screenshot of my Pluto SDR on Es'Hail 2, this screenshot shows the suggested settings for pluto(bottom left-hand side).
Note the RX Gain is set to Slow Attack (Manual value is ignored) and the Visual is set to -40dB.
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What's new / changed in 3.0.8:
New features and changes for 88 - 108MHz FM broadcast reception and the RDS decoder.
RDS decoding has been improved by making PI code detection mor sensitive.
US Callsign logic now uses data from NRSC for callsign and location.
Spectrum window now a docking pane. Display the spectrum window by selecting Ribbon Bar, Receive, Broadcast FM.
Logging of station from the RDS decoding has been added, this is the RDS Logfile option. To display the logfile click the Log button in the BFM Spectrum.
The logfile has all the options you need:
Click ••• to display the options.
The Airspy options have moved from the ribbon bar to the Receive DSP panel.
The USB relay terminology has been changed to avoid confusion.
Data (IQ) Recording
Playback now correctly detects ELAD recerdings and displays the format as ELAD. later the contents of the elad chunk in the WAV file will be supported.
AOKI URL updated and new format supported.
Font size selection for ageing eyes.
Defauly field order changed, will be user-configurable in a future release.
The sample rates 192kHz, 96kHz and 95khz are now calibrated.
Tidying up and extending the Select Satellite option. Instead of just selecting a satellite, pressing Select in the Satellite ribbon bar now display the Select Satellite window which provides an overview of the entries in the Satellite List as well as selection of new satellites.
Footprint configuration is now consolidated into a property page.
Uses the original version 3 de-emphasis and has better peak volume control.
Problems with the transmit signal bursting reduced by redesigned inefficient code, see Pluto support page for more information.
There's a big problem with consumer LNBs - they drift, and drift badly! One way of correcting this drift is to monitor the telemetry beacon, determine the actual received frequecy of the beacon and hey presto - we have the offset!
Quite a bit of coding involved, but when you decode BPSK you actually have the offset if you pay attention to the code. Add a nice waterfall so the user can select the beacon, add a bit of funk and we're more than half-way there. Here I'm plotting drift versus time.
Also it's nice to see Es'Hail 2 being used more as people get their systems together.
Code will be in 3.0.7 - within a week I hope.
As part of the fixes / enhancements for 3.0.5 I've added the optional display of footprint for additional satellites, lots of display options now available.
I'm watching the progress of Es'hail 2 with the satellite display in SDR Console. My plan is to put up a nice big dish and use the LimeSDR / bladeRF2 to access the first ham geostationary satellite.
This should be fun!
In total nine of the twelve were copied during the afternoon passes on December 7th and 8th 2017.
Excellent images copied from the ISS. radio is the Airspy HF+, 12 element X Yagi, satellite tracking etc. from SDR Console.
Picking up RadFxSat Fox 1B on her first pass over Cornwall, FM on 145.960 adjusted for Doppler. The initial TLE data is pretty accurate. Receiver is the Airspy HF+, antenna general log periodic for 130 MHz to 1.3 GHz.
Click here for an audio recording (MP3)
Listening to pirates on FLTSAT-8 with the HF+. Found the FLTSAT 8 TLE data on the internet, added it and let the software point the log periodic at the satellite. First time I've ever listened to the pirates - not very entertaining if truth be told.
Here's an example of the HF+ receiving the NOAA 18 APT weather satellite, the antenna is a log periodic covering 130 MHz to 1.3 GHz. The HF+ is very sensitive and very quiet - no mixer products, spurs, or artifacts at all.
Here's an image from NOAA 18 but a moch lower angle - 13 degrees. You see noise on the image, but nethertheless an excellent copy.