Setting up an RTL-SDR based APT/Meteor Satellite Weather Station Receiver

Recently a reader of our blog, Initrd, wrote in to let us know about a new tutorial he created that shows how to set up a dual NOAA APT and Meteor LRPT weather satellite monitoring station with an RTL-SDR dongle. These weather satellites transmit a live image of the portion of the earth that they are currently over, providing a valuable tool for weather analysis. APT transmissions are analogue and are transmitted by the American NOAA satellites, and the newer Meteor M2 satellite transmits a higher resolution image in the LRPT format. We also have posted separate tutorials that show how to set up NOAA APT and Meteor M2 LRPT decoding with an RTL-SDR, but Initrd’s tutorial appears to be a good all in one guide.

His tutorial takes you step by step through a process that involves setting up the satellite tracking software Orbitron, all the required SDR# plugins, the APT decoder WXtoIMG and the LRPT decoder. The tutorial also shows how to connect them all together and set them up so that APT and LRPT decoding can coexist.

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4 comments

    • initrd

      There are no viruses on the site. For some reason NOD32 is reporting that the site has the Scrinject.B.Gen virus. It doesn’t. Turns out it was a plugin I had activated to count page views. The only javascript on the page is for the menus and for a facebook “like” button. There aren’t even any advertisements. Turns out the same plugin was causing the login prompt. I have disabled and deleted the plugin. There is, and never was, any risk and I apologize for any misinterpretations.

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