Radio Astronomy always interested me. Years before I even was licensed. Since I got my HAM Radio Setup almost complete, I was able to active map the sky.
My current Project is to monitor the Jupiter Noise Storms. HF Radio Astronomy is working best, when the Sun Cycle nears it’s minimum. Therefore it is ideal for the „dead years“ of HAM Radio.
W3DZZ (10m – 20m)
mircoHAM USB Interface II (Sound Interface – connected on Yaesu VR-5000)
|Project Type||RX / TRX Needed||Antenna Needed||Electronic Expertise|
|Jupiter Noise Storms||HF Receiver||Dipole Antenna||Very Little|
|Solar Flare Monitoring||VLF Receiver||Ferrite Antenna||Very Little|
|Meteor Studies||VHF Receiver||Yagi||Very Little|
|Source Detection||HF/VHF/UHF Receiver||Yagi or Sat Dish||Moderate to Advanced|
|Pulsar Detection||VHF/UHF Receiver||Yagi or Sat Dish||Advanced|
|Mapping/Interferometry||Multiple Receivers||Multiple Antennas||Advanced|
|SETI||VHF/UHF/SHF TRX + FFT||Yagi Cluster or Sat Dish||Advanced|
Rule of Thumbs
- Never use an active antenna. You wont hear anything, because the Signals we look for are very faint, and when using active antennas those signals will fade in QRM.
- Record Signals so you can re-evaluate them later.
For more Information visit http://www.radiosky.com