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Re: Very weak singnal from NOAA with QFH anthenna

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:35 pm
by estario
This is my antenna:
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This is the wiring. I know it looks messy, but I just want it to work once. If it does I will make a final precise model.
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This is the SMA adapter.
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Re: Very weak singnal from NOAA with QFH anthenna

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:28 pm
by Evap1
Hi Estario,
Please see Picture.
Remove any potential short circuits and you should be good to go!
Evap1
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Re: Very weak singnal from NOAA with QFH anthenna

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:09 am
by estario
Ok. I resoldered everything, peeling back the insulation of the cables and making sure there are no shorts. The signal is a bit better, but still far from good. Best SNR 24 with the satellite directly over my head.
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Re: Very weak singnal from NOAA with QFH anthenna

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:42 pm
by gmenga
I'm surprised. I once went on the web, found the instructions and the measures, and I built a similar antenna to track satellites with just a iron wire to hang the wash and it worked perfectly from the start.
Let try to substitute the coaxial cable with just a wire, and pay attention to the right connections
Giuseppe

Re: Very weak singnal from NOAA with QFH anthenna

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:35 pm
by Evap1
Hi Estario,
Did some pictures for you from this evening's Noaa-18 Pass.
(Noise in your Waterfall).
You seem to have the gain too high and this will introduce noise and also
pull in other close-by signals.

Try to set the FFT screen to 50 or 60 and adjust the gain to suit.
The key to this is SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio).

If you are getting Horizon to Horizon e.g. 14 to 15 minutes for an overhead pass you are doing OK.
You may be getting de-sensing from strong FM Transmitters close to you.
Try an FM blocking Filter in the Co-ax line before the Dongle.
Problems this end are with Pagers, see picture.
Test for you this evening with just a Quarter-wave vertical, V3 Dongle + RTL FM Blocking Filter.
Evap1
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Re: Very weak singnal from NOAA with QFH anthenna

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:51 pm
by estario
Hi,
Thank you guys. Your support is great. I am out of home for the next week. Once I am back I will do another attempt.