When I got into ham radio I needed to power up my radios. Of course to power a 60W RF out radio you need quite some juice. Computer PSUs put out quite some juice. See where this is going?
Besides being a ham radio operator I’m also a general SWL (Short-Wave Listener). I heard about this active HF antenna called the mini-whip very popular by the design by PA0RDT. This is my attempt at making one.
In some countries, when someone wants to put up a repeater a coverage analysis must be presented. In Portugal there isn’t such a requirement so, as far as I know, nobody took the effort before to try to see what is exactly the Portuguese ham radio repeaters coverage. Well, nobody until now.
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is the USA meteorological agency. They have a set of satellites orbiting the earth, imaging the Earth and sending it via radio. The downlink of the working satellites are on VHF so you can easily receive them. On this article, I’m sharing my experience receiving them with an rtl-sdr.
Since march 2016 I joined REP (Rede dos Emissores Portugueses), which is the national ham radio association. They have a club station in Porto, PT where they welcomed me to operate on. The callsign of the station is CS5RPT and it’s equiped for HF, VHF and the 70cm band.