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Project page for the high altitude balloon tracking/listening station have set up in the space.  
 
Project page for the high altitude balloon tracking/listening station have set up in the space.  
 
This information is processed for the [http://spacenear.us/tracker/ spacenear.us] map
 
This information is processed for the [http://spacenear.us/tracker/ spacenear.us] map
 
== Overview ==
 
[[File:RevSpaceHABtracker.png|800px]]
 
  
 
== Done ==
 
== Done ==
 
=== Hardware ===
 
=== Hardware ===
* "ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM" dongle (RTL2838U, Fitipower FC0013 tuner)
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* "ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM" dongle (RTL2838U, Fitipower FC0013 tuner) w/ input protection diode
* VK5QI HABamp
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* VK5QI HABAmp
* Antenna: Diamond X-50N
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* Antenna: <strike>Diamond X-50N</strike> Apparently not a Diamond, might be a Comet. We'll go with "collinear antenna for 70cm", N connector, three ground plane radials.
  
 
=== Software ===
 
=== Software ===
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== Todo ==
 
== Todo ==
 
=== Hardware ===
 
=== Hardware ===
* Earth the antenna, to prevent static buildup
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* Power the HABAmp from the the rtl-sdr dongle's USB connection, so we don't need so sacrifice a USB port for it.
* Moar ferrite
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* Metal box for shielding both the HABAmp and the rtl-sdr dongle. (something like [http://dutchrfshop.nl/behuizingen.html] or [http://www.velleman.eu/products/list/?id=344206])
* 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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== Pics ==
 
== Pics ==
=== Derping around with hardware ===
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=== Current setup ===
<gallery>
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File:Finaltestonpi.png|One of the first payload tests
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File:IMAG0857.jpg
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File:IMAG0860.jpg
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File:IMAG0864.jpg|The antenna: 'Diamond X-50N'
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</gallery>
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=== Deel 1 ===
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<gallery>
 
<gallery>
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File:IMAG0864.jpg|The collinear antenna
 
File:Zonnecollector Frame 1.jpg|Coax will leave/enter the building trough the little chimney
 
File:Zonnecollector Frame 1.jpg|Coax will leave/enter the building trough the little chimney
 
File:UH4jTew.jpg|The ideal antenna mounting spot; the old zonnecollector
 
File:UH4jTew.jpg|The ideal antenna mounting spot; the old zonnecollector
File:4vLbEty.jpg|Enclosure almost ready to rock
 
 
File:N2wnt9R.jpg|The magic pipe
 
File:N2wnt9R.jpg|The magic pipe
File:8CEENu3.jpg|Almost the same as having the Raspi on the roof
 
File:Sdtd8bY.jpg|Power and network connected
 
 
File:LZVCxte.jpg
 
File:LZVCxte.jpg
 
File:0r5ffXS.jpg|Not sure what happened with the other hole there
 
File:0r5ffXS.jpg|Not sure what happened with the other hole there
 
File:YRv3kUe.jpg|The smell was't that bad
 
File:YRv3kUe.jpg|The smell was't that bad
 
File:Eqagifp.jpg|It pings!
 
File:Eqagifp.jpg|It pings!
File:WNtwDZG.jpg|The open pigtail even picks up our payload...
 
</gallery>
 
 
=== Deel 2 ===
 
<gallery>
 
File:YJkKJx3.png|Without the HABamp the USB cable is a bit short
 
 
File:MQWEHh1.png|Coax entering
 
File:MQWEHh1.png|Coax entering
 
File:QvAsY3B.png|oh hi
 
File:QvAsY3B.png|oh hi
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File:XOABzL1.png
 
File:XOABzL1.png
 
File:SaZOJpU.png|The beauty
 
File:SaZOJpU.png|The beauty
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</gallery>
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=== Old setup ===
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<gallery>
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File:4vLbEty.jpg|
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File:8CEENu3.jpg|
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File:Sdtd8bY.jpg|
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File:WNtwDZG.jpg|First HAB decoding
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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
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>

Revision as of 15:25, 21 June 2014

Project HAB Tracker Station
Status Completed
Contact User:Costyn_van_Dongen, Maxell, Bertrik_Sikken
Last Update 2014-06-21

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

Done

Hardware

  • "ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM" dongle (RTL2838U, Fitipower FC0013 tuner) w/ input protection diode
  • VK5QI HABAmp
  • Antenna: Diamond X-50N Apparently not a Diamond, might be a Comet. We'll go with "collinear antenna for 70cm", N connector, three ground plane radials.

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

  • Power the HABAmp from the the rtl-sdr dongle's USB connection, so we don't need so sacrifice a USB port for it.
  • Metal box for shielding both the HABAmp and the rtl-sdr dongle. (something like [1] or [2])

Pics

Current setup

Old setup