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Would be weathermen across the country use the age old cliche you don like the weather, just wait a second it will change! to satisfythecuriosityof people wondering about the outside conditions. This is akin to using a weather rock (below right) to predict if it going to rain on your parade:

Now, except for a distinct lack of early warning detection, the weather rock is otherwise it accurate! For budding meteorologists that need more detailed information, though, there is a way to receive weather channel grade satellite images to analyze on your home computer.

Commercial radio receivers are not geared to receive satellite based signals, but this setup will allow you to have no problem receiving signal from the heavens. Let get started.

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For starters, head on over to a site run by a gentleman named Tony Parkswho runs aweb store for the Softrock kits. Pricing on said kits is very reasonable at $56 for the Softrock Ensemble 2. The bundles seem to be pretty popular because the site is sold out often, viagra online Ireland so keep checking back if you cannot pick one up right away. Putting the Software radio together is pretty simple, especially if you have soldering experience. If you do not understand what the term means in terms of soldering, do some research on the topic so you don mess up that brand new kit you just got. There are many videos available as well that detail the process of Softrock assembly, make sure to check them out if you get stuck and need some help.

In addition to the Softrock kit, you are also going to need a fairly modern PC. The idea behind SDR is to have as little radio equipment as possible, basically enough to be able to interface with an antenna, then let software do the actual heavy lifting. viagraonlineireland This brings the cost down to ridiculously low levels, opening radio up even further to the masses. Make sure to use the PC in your home with the most power, and make sure that it is located near where your antenna is going to be placed. Logistics is a big part of this project!

After setting up your hardware, you need to install some software that allows you to interface with your shiny new antenna build. If you are using a Mac with this kit, an excellent SDR software option exists called DSP Radio, written bySebastian Mrozek. DSP Radiodoes a great job with spectrum tuning and bandwidth tweaking to allow a user to get the best signal they can. On a Windows computer a good option is PowerSDR, whichwas designed by the same people who you got the Softrock kit from.

Now that you have both the hardware and software talking to each other, you are ready to receive radio signals from the low orbit weather satellites circling the globe. Tuning into that signal is not a difficult process, just follow HF Fax instructions.

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The last thing to tackle in this setup is to translate received radio signals into the beautiful weather imagery pictured above. viagraonlineireland This requires one more piece of software to do the signal conversion to visual information. It has powerful tools that allow you to create both black and white and color images, as well as overlay political boundaries for visual perspective. The best part is that APTDecoder is freeware, covered under the GNU license.

With all of that done, you are ready to begin your own weather reporting on Youtube, just don blame us if you get heat for wrong predictions, or mean emails from the would be weathermen we mentioned above. Now don forget, you are not limited to just satellites with this setup! You now have your very own shortwave listening station, viagra online Ireland allowing you to tune into ham radio frequencies and the like. Remember though, you installed a receiver, not a transceiver, so you won be able to talk back to the other operators you may hear as you dial through the spectrum.

As your expertise grows in the Softrock arena, perhaps you could create a sweet looking setup like the one pictured in the video below. Have fun and enjoy your project!

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Software defined radio is an addictive hobby and you can do a LOT more with it than just decode weather fax. The best advice for anyone wanting to get into this is, get one of the $15 softrock kits to practice your soldering skills, then go for one of the more expensive kits when your ready to take it on. There is a step by step guide to building a softrock kit from scratch as well as what to find in the radio spectrum.

One major problem is the reference to follow HF Fax instructions well, which of many choices are you referring to? Go to that page and see the myriad choices.