GPS and Arduino UTC Clock Boxing

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After sitting (and running) on my desk in a breadboard for forever, the GPS and Arduino powered UTC clock is finally getting properly housed in a project box. Now just waiting on a couple connector blocks and some wire for the harness.

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First WX Image from NOAA-18

I received my first WX image from NOAA-18 as it passed overhead just a few moments ago.  I was alerted to the pass by the Raspberry Pi based ground station-in-a-box I’ve been working on (far left in the picture) and used the WXtoImg software (center) to decode the signal from my radio, piped through the sound card box I like to use.

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This was with a simple 2m J Pole antenna, but I plan to build an eggbeater or maybe a helical antenna soon.  I need to build a pre-amp too I think.

Here’s a video of what it all sounded like

Here’s my final image:

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and an image from about the same time from the NOAA website for comparison:

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Got My First Packet Through the Space Station

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I’m KF7APE.  At about 1726UTC on July 3.  Very excited!  Using a simple J-Pole antenna during a very close pass.  Can’t wait for new antenna to arrive to do even more 🙂

Call log courtesy ariss.net:

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