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{{Project
 
{{Project
 
  |Name=HAB Tracker Station
 
  |Name=HAB Tracker Station
  |Status=In progress
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  |Status=Completed
 
  |Contact=User:Costyn_van_Dongen, Maxell, Bertrik_Sikken
 
  |Contact=User:Costyn_van_Dongen, Maxell, Bertrik_Sikken
 
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Project page for the high altitude balloon tracking/listening station have set up in the space.
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Project page for the high altitude balloon tracking/listening station have set up in the space.  
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This information is processed for the [http://spacenear.us/tracker/ spacenear.us] map
  
 
== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
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* "ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM" dongle (RTL2838U, Fitipower FC0013 tuner)
 
* "ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM" dongle (RTL2838U, Fitipower FC0013 tuner)
 
* VK5QI HABamp
 
* VK5QI HABamp
* Raspberry Pi (+ power supply)
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* Antenna: <strike>Diamond X-50N</strike> Apparently not a Diamond, might be a Comet. "collinear antenna for 70cm"
* Antenna: Diamond X-50N
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=== Software ===
 
=== Software ===
* Raspbian: revspace/geheim
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* Windows XP, hostname "habtracker", IP 10.42.44.94 (MAC 00:21:70:02:62:0f)
** IP: 10.42.43.20
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** Start the machine with a magic WoL packet: 'wakeonlan -i 10.42.255.255 00:21:70:02:62:0f; ping habtracker'
** SSH: revspace/geheim
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** VNC: geheim ;-)
* running rtl_tcp on port 1234 (default)
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** Make sure you are on a wired connection, or else latency will ruin everything
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* Teamviewer ID: 675540724
  
 
== Todo ==
 
== Todo ==
 
=== Hardware ===
 
=== Hardware ===
* Earth the antenna, to prevent static buildup
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* See if disconnect PC-ground from the antenna ground inproves noise figure
 
* Moar ferrite
 
* Moar ferrite
* Metal box for some shielding (DIY or be lazy and get something like [http://dutchrfshop.nl/behuizingen.html] or [http://www.velleman.eu/products/list/?id=344199])
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* Metal box for some shielding (DIY or be lazy and get something like [http://dutchrfshop.nl/behuizingen.html] or [http://www.velleman.eu/products/list/?id=344206])
 
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=== Software ===
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* Setting up a (virtual?) machine with gqrx and dl-fldigi.
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** Blokje told us we could use his machine for permanent setup
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*** This requires us to move the [[SpaceSoundSystem]] towards something like a Cubieboard
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**** Preferred to setup a complete NAS at the same time, this idea has been floating around for a while too
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== Pics ==
 
== Pics ==
 
=== Derping around with hardware ===
 
=== Derping around with hardware ===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
File:Finaltestonpi.png|One of the first payload tests
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File:Finaltestonpi.png|One of the first decoding on dedicated machine tests
File:IMAG0857.jpg
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File:IMAG0857.jpg|We are not using the Raspberry Pi anymore for rtl-tcp
 
File:IMAG0860.jpg
 
File:IMAG0860.jpg
 
File:IMAG0864.jpg|The antenna: 'Diamond X-50N'
 
File:IMAG0864.jpg|The antenna: 'Diamond X-50N'
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=== Deel 2 ===
 
=== Deel 2 ===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
File:YJkKJx3.png|Without the HABamp the USB cable is a bit short
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File:YJkKJx3.png|We took out the Raspberry Pi. We still use the enclosure for the rtl-sdr dongle and HABamp
 
File:MQWEHh1.png|Coax entering
 
File:MQWEHh1.png|Coax entering
 
File:QvAsY3B.png|oh hi
 
File:QvAsY3B.png|oh hi

Revision as of 19:08, 19 October 2013

Project HAB Tracker Station
Status Completed
Contact User:Costyn_van_Dongen, Maxell, Bertrik_Sikken
Last Update 2013-10-19

Project page for the high altitude balloon tracking/listening station have set up in the space. This information is processed for the spacenear.us map

Overview

800px

Done

Hardware

  • "ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM" dongle (RTL2838U, Fitipower FC0013 tuner)
  • VK5QI HABamp
  • Antenna: Diamond X-50N Apparently not a Diamond, might be a Comet. "collinear antenna for 70cm"

Software

  • Windows XP, hostname "habtracker", IP 10.42.44.94 (MAC 00:21:70:02:62:0f)
    • Start the machine with a magic WoL packet: 'wakeonlan -i 10.42.255.255 00:21:70:02:62:0f; ping habtracker'
    • VNC: geheim ;-)
  • Teamviewer ID: 675540724

Todo

Hardware

  • See if disconnect PC-ground from the antenna ground inproves noise figure
  • Moar ferrite
  • Metal box for some shielding (DIY or be lazy and get something like [1] or [2])

Pics

Derping around with hardware

Deel 1

Deel 2