Just tried connecting multiple times the the server at 11:10 GMT on Saturday 8th DEC and it seems that it is not listening.
I am not sure if it is just a "blip" or if it is down.
I would encourage you to make a simple RX , rather than rely on someone else's receiver It is really, really easy.
I documented my "do it with as little effort as possible" approach on QRZ here - https://forums.qrz.com/index.p…00-and-a-plutosdr.660334/ - that is about getting both TX & RX working with a Pluto, but it talks about my original RX set up like this: :
"I had already set up a super simple system for receiving the narrow band transponder for the geostationary satellite QO-100 (Es’hail-2). It consists of my 80cm offset (steerable) dish I use for TV, and an RTL-SDR connected to the “loop out” of my sat TV receiver. I just pointed the dish, set up a transponder in the TV box and the signals were there, around 739 Mhz (10.489675 Downlink freq − 9.75 LO frequency of the LNB = 0.739675 GHz = 739.675 MHz) . Then, using SDRConsole I was able to set a receiver offset and then “lock” the software to the beacon ( https://www.sdr-radio.com/Console/EsHail2 ) and there was a useable receiver system, with very little effort!"
Give it a go! experimenting is what the hobby is all about
Thanks Oscar, a REALLY important reminder!
There have been some "interesting" examples of overdriven TX on the TP
Thanks for your efforts too Roberto ( and of course Jose!)
I have been playing with the unregistered version, and the results have been brilliant compared to HF - of course I can't send large messages/ attachments because that would take ages, but I am finding I get a 100% "ack" rate for what I do send
I am looking forward to seeing if the Open Source methods can match the amazing work that Jose has done to get it all working so well:)
Thanks again all
OK so I got it going after a bit of a push 7 pull .. And received some messages despite someone transmitting olivia on top of the transaction ( over & over again) .. I though that everyone was supposed to listen to their own transmissions on QO-100 ..)
I am having no end of trouble getting RMS Express to open the SAT beta version of VARA.. I even put the BETA vara in the folder of the old one.. A challenge
OK I see what is happening!! The Vara SAT beta is installing into a different directory & the RMS program is launching the WRONG one.. I will see what I need to do to change that
Do you have the last 3.0.1 VARA SAT modem?
Remeber also to disable windows system sound that create problem to audio when transmitting
Yes, I installed the 3.0.1 Sat beta last night .. I will try re-installing it ..
The computer is used exclusively to drive the radios, and I use Winlink on it regularly on HF , and I have been doing data stuff on QO-100 for a while now without issues, so I know that the sound cards stuff is all good
Hi, I have just connected a GPSdo (
yesterday) and I am pretty rock sold on frequency.. I will fire off a few connect attempts +/- a few Hz
so tried (~14:08z ) +20,50 & 100 Hz & - 20, 50 & 100Hz
I dont hear is0grb anymore too...so perhaps it was a testing phase.
Notice for .625 ; any problem with .645 ?
I have seen no "regular" stuff on .645 personally.. I keep a bit of an eye on that sector of the TP
I am sure that more testing will happening with Winlink etc.
I downloaded the new "sat" beta version of VARA , and I have tried connecting a few times on .635 but I am seeing no response from IS0GBR I am using a Pluto full duplex in SDRconsole and I don't see or hear any response.
I have tried reducing drive etc. etc. - I tried last night and again this morning.
any ideas why ? are you seeing the connect attempt IS0GBR?
Also on4kvi - .625 is routinely used for KGstv ( and analogue sstv) so it may not the be best choice of frequency to avoid interference ( I know no one "owns " a freq, but I know that people listen on .625 for KGstv & SSTV)