No rotator

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No-Rotator
No-Rotator
Information
Type: No-Rotator ground station for SatNOGS network.
Cost:
Release Information
Status: Working
Latest Release: [ ]
Repository: []
Documentation: []
 


No-Rotator ground station uses a static antenna usually in VHF. A Turnstile antenna that tunes at ~137MHz is used for NOAA satellites. Some Turnstile antenna design, are wide enough to receive VHF band at 144 - 146 MHz. For more vertical satellite passes, UHF Helical antennas receive satellites at 432 - 438 MHz, e.g. [1]

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Same setup could be used for a ground station with rotator.

Bill of Materials

The materials are categorized into 4 groups:

  • RF components
  • Client components
  • Hardware components
  • Tools
Part Qty Source Price per Unit ($)
RTL-SDR 1 [2] 21
SMA Male to SMA Male Connector Pigtail Cable 1 [3] 1
LNA with FM-Notch 1 [4] 35
RG-58 cable, 2.2m 1 [] -
SMA Male cable connector 1 [] -
Type-N Female chassis connector 1 [] -
Type-N Male cable connector 2 [] -
Turnstile antenna with Type-N Female connector 1 [] -
Raspberry Pi 3 - Model B 1 [5] 40
Raspberry Pi 3 Case 1 [6] 5
SD Card, Class 10, 32GB, kingston, sandisk 1 [] 16
Micro USB Active POE Splitter Power for Raspberry pi 3 Board (48V to 5V 2.4A) 1 [7] 12
POE-48-24W-BULK POE Adapter 48V, 0.5A, 24W 1 [8] 13
Ethernet LAN RJ45 Outdoor Waterproof Connector 1 [9] 3.6
cable, Male USB Micro to Male USB A, L=25cm 1 [] 1
cable, Female USB A to Male USB A, L=25cm 1 [] 1
Ring Core Ferrite Bead for USB cables 2 [] 0.8
Ethernet cable, outdoor, CAT5, L=?m 1 []
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Assembly instructions

Inside the box 1
RF Detail


Operation

Follow the instructions for setting up the Raspberry Pi 3 to setup your station. Then consult the Operation page for getting started on our Network.