Satellite radio reception

John Corby (
Tue, 05 Dec 95 22:39:57 -0500

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At this time of year the Earth's shadow rises quickly and winter weather
makes skies seem to be permanently cloudy. Should we hang up our binoculars
and forget about satellites until spring? There are some of us, who have met
on this list, who also share an interest in radio reception from satellites.
For us, the pleasure of satellite tracking goes on year round.

Apart from the Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment (SAREX), and a similar
experiment on board Mir, there are many satellites which carry radio
transmitters which can be received with varying degrees of difficulty, using
simple receiving equipment. As an example, an easy target can be found in
NOAA's series of weather satellites which transmit a strong signal which I
have received on a simple scanner with a "rubber-ducky" antenna.

If anybody on Seesat would like to join us on a manual mailing list we are
calling "hearsat", you would be most welcome. Until visible observing
becomes more bearable again, we are keeping our interest alive using radio
receivers in front of a nice warm fire!

Whether you are a HAM, a scanner owner or you are just curious, as long as
you share our passion for satellites you are welcome. If you would like to
join us, please e-mail me at:


John Corby,
Toronto, Canada.