XRIT Decoder Updated: Improved Image Quality and IR Enhancements
USA-Satcom is the programmer of XRIT Decoder, which is a popular (paid) Windows decoding application for GOES weather satellites. With a WiFi grid dish antenna, LNA and SDRplay, Airspy or even an RTL-SDR, high resolution full disk images of the earth can be downloaded from these geosynchronous satellites. Browse through our previous GOES posts for ideas and various tutorials about setting up a receiver.
Recently, XRIT decoder has been updated and now has improved image quality and an antenna alignment helper tool. A further update also adds improved processing for IR images. Over on the SDRplay forums RSP2user has been testing the updates and writes:
USA- Satcom has just released version 1.4.6985 of the XRIT Decoder software package. New features include:
1) Improved image clarity.
2) An antenna Align Mode feature.
3) And a Viterbi and Eb/No (Energy per Bit to Noise Power Spectral Density Ratio akanormalized SNR) graph over time feature.
The improved image clarity reduces image artifacts at the Earth-space boundary of the image and improves the overall aesthetics of the colorization of the full disk images. The images are quite amazing. The resolution is far better than what can be shown here due to image size limitations for this site. Below is a full disk GOES 16 image from February 17, 2019 and a corresponding zoomed in portion to get an idea of the resolution and clarity (the actual full disk images are approximately 40MB PNG images each which are much greater resolution than the below image)
The antenna Align Mode is a great new feature that allows users to view the Signal Quality, Viterbi FEC, and Eb/No from a distance using large numeric values. This mode enables users to better view these values when fine tuning adjustments to GOES receiving antennas. The Eb/No and Viterbi graphing enables users to see how well their receiving system is doing throughout the day (e.g., over temperature and while the sun is in alignment with the receiving path).
More updates from USA-Satcom to the XRIT Decoder software with a new patch from today. The XRIT file manager now provides IR image enhancements for GOES Bands 8 and 13. Here are some examples:
See the post on the SDRplay forums for further details, higher res images and the full update history.
I have never gotten a response from the website contact form. I have been trying for over a year now.
Shame on USA satcom ,they can keep their software !!
They have bad respect with people with their replies …when they replied to message.
They do not deserve really any advert for sdr community !
I was planning to buy after tesing it as i brought all my licences…. for sure with the kindof reply i get from them … they can forget forever and no spread about from me to push them !
No, you can see it here https://twitter.com/usa_satcom/following favorites stuff all the time that is conspiracy theories and such. That’s fine for personal accounts but if you want me to respect a technical focus account, you wouldn’t have all that off topic stuff all the time.
Orange Man Bad!
Unfortunately, contact at usa-satcom website doesn’t work :/
Guy is nutso, though. He wouldn’t stop posting conservative fake news on Twitter and blocks whoever complains.
I think he is actually non-conservative Thomas. I think he just blocked you.
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