Es'hail-2 Ground Station

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The BATC WebSDR & Spectrum Monitor can be accessed at: https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

Current Status

The RF hardware has been installed at Goonhilly Earth Station, but is awaiting completion of the network connection before the installation is operational.

The dish has been pointed at 26 degrees East (the planned Es'hail-2 location) and tested by receiving signals from BADR-4.

Technical Details

RF Front End

The hardware consists of a 1.3 Metre offset-feed dish with a dual LNB.

LNBs are locked to 25MHz output from LeoBodnar GPSDO.

2x coax used for horizontal & vertical feed.

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Receivers

2x AirSpy USB SDR Receiver, locked to 10MHz output from LeoBodnar GPSDO.

The indoor LNB Power Unit has been constructed:

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The GPS reference is a Leo Bodnar unit programmed to produced 10 MHz (for the Airspys) and 25 MHz (for the LNB, but not implemented yet). The settings for the reference to produce these 2 frequencies were not straightforward (as the 2 outputs on the Leo Bodnar unit need to be linked) but are here for reference:

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Host PC

PC Hardware

i7-2600 CPU
16GB DDR3 RAM
Intel DQ67SW Motherboard
500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
750W Corsair TX Power Supply

PC Software

Ubuntu Server 18.04
Nginx Web Server
airspy_tcp fork (source)
narrowband WebSDR by PA3FWM (homepage)
wideband spectrum monitor (source coming soon)

Network

TBC

More Photos

The equipment has been placed on a bench in our allocated room (with AMSAT-UK's FUNcube receiver).

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