Meteorological satellites - Reception problems
Receiving APT signals (Automatic Picture Transmission)
is not necessarily complicated. Still, some anterior knowledge
comes in handy, particularly to avoid desillusions later. On the
following pages, I'll try and describe some of the problems that
appear in each part:
- The antenna
- As good as the receiver may be, without the right 'ears', you won't
be able to receive anything. Here are some of the options.
- Except if your station is at less than a few meters from the antenna,
a preamplifier is advisable.
- El receptor
- The heart of the operation, a receiver must be carefully chosen. In
this page, you'll find some considerations on selecting a receiver
which is compatible with your needs.
- To convert the received audio into a nice image, software is needed.
Almost any computer is useable, and many packages are on the market
that can do a very good job.
- Diagnosing problems
- It's possible that once you've installed everything, the results
are not quite satisfactory. Here is a page with some of the more
common problems and their solutions.
(c) John Coppens ON6JC/LW3HAZ