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Spots per uW band today:
UK spotter or spotted only.

Solar data:
SFI
77
A-Index
11
K-Index
3
Exp.K
3
Sunspots
11
Activity
eru
GMF
act
Aurora?
no

My Weather

Date:23/10/17 Time:00:04
Temp:7.5C
Wind Speed:5mph
Wind Dir:247deg
Pressure:1012.46mB
Humidity:118%
Dew Point:11.1C
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Chirp Radar Tests

After the pulse tests i decided to try some FMCW Radar to see if it more sensitive as suggested elsewhere.
Initial results show that it does appear to be more sensitive with much less power.
I have no expertise here but maybe longer duration pulses on the pulsed system maybe better too for more distant reflections...
The Chirp radar is a very clean signal, 1MHz wide, Swept up/down every 20mS (Sawtooth profile).

Chirp Spectrum


The two spikes at either end are the result of poor timing when driving the AD9852, ramp up/down time specified in the PIC is longer then the sweep time itself, to be fixed but not sure it really matters..

Chirp block digiram



The Tx is connected to a 60cm Dish and the rx is a 20dB horn just above the dish with the PLL LNB attached.
The Tx signal appears to be just below the overload threshold of the LNB, some local reflections cause it to be come unstable!
Using a 45cm dish on the Rx instead of the horn will improve isolation i think.

See below for some plots and a map of the reflection points on a test this evening.

Result in FFT spectrum of SDRSharp



Distance is calculated by KHz*3/2 - in kilometers

Here is the path as seen on Google Earth




Today 17th August i fitted a 45cm sky dish on the receive LNB and run similar tests, much more resolution than with the horn as you would expect but isolation is still a big problem...
Here is a pan around with the dish from south east to south west, the furthest reflection point is Bilsdale TV mast at 16km, Tx power into the 60cm dish is about 50-100mW.

Chirp pan about













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