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Ancillary software

Jean-Pierre Courjaud F6DZP wrote software to facilitate antenna setup and WiFi interference observation.

The Noise Power Measuring tool (NPM) can be used to measure the sun noise on S-band.

A special version of Orbitron/whispDDE sends commands to the azimuth and elevation motors, providing offsets  from minus 10° to plus 10° from the sun coordinates. The software traces the received noise power. If the result is a beautiful pyramid, the tracking system is well set.

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Power Measuring Tool developed by Jean-Pierre Courjaud F6DZP

 

The Tiny Spectrum Analyser (TSA) can be used to observe the precise signal received by the tuner card.

In the following picture, we can observe WiFi interference.

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Tiny Spectrum Analyser developed by Jean-Pierre Courjaud F6DZP

The Tiny Spectrum Analyser is useful for testing filters such as those built by Kerry Banke N6IZW for the European chain of HamTV ground stations.