Receiving Jupiter Noise Bursts with an SDRplay RSP1

Over on YouTube user MaskitolSAE has uploaded a video showing him receiving some noise bursts from Jupiter with his SDRplay RSP1. The planet Jupiter is known to emit bursts of noise via natural ‘radio lasers’ powered partly by the planets interaction with the electrically conductive gases emitted by Io, one of the the planets moons. When Jupiter is high in the sky and the Earth passes through one of these radio lasers the noise bursts can be received on Earth quite easily with an appropriate antenna 

In his video MaskitolSAE shows the 10 MHz of waterfall and audio from some Jupiter noise bursts received with his SDRplay RSP1 at 22119 kHz. According to the YouTube description, it appears that he is using the UTR-2 radio telescope which is a large Ukrainian radio telescope installation that consists of an array of 2040 dipoles. A professional radio telescope installation is not required to receive the Jupiter bursts (a backyard dipole tuned to ~20 MHz will work), but the professional radio telescope does get some really nice strong bursts as seen in the video.

Jupiter 2017.02.04 RSP 1 UTR-2
The UTR-2 Radio Telescope. Photo Attr. Oleksii Tovpyha (Link)


  1. Simon

    Sorry to the poor soul that had to make all those awkward discone type arrangements over and over and over…
    I have only had one go at hand making a discone out of welding rods and I DID NOT LIKE it as keeping Symmetry is quite a challenge.
    Although it does work rather well regards to bandwidth.
    I like all these space born posts although I don’t think much of using galvanized wire…it’s the low loss radio engineer in me i suppose.

  2. Chris EA4UC

    Hello. I have in mind to do a decametric radiotelescope like the NASA’s Radio Jove Project using a RTL-SDR as a receiver. Thanks for sharing.

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