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    Good news everyone! Sam has been busy at work...

    Good news everyone! Sam has been busy at work writing software to decode Himawaricast. So rather than the excessively expensive Kencast software, now there is an alternative. The first release 1.0...
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    I've tried trolling flat Earth pages. They just...

    I've tried trolling flat Earth pages. They just say it's CGI.
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    Received this image on April 6 earlier this year...

    Received this image on April 6 earlier this year from Himawaricast. It's always fun seeing the Moon behind the Earth.

    https://i.imgur.com/4Bztfb4.jpg
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    Yeah sorry about that. Didn't sub to this thread....

    Yeah sorry about that. Didn't sub to this thread. ;)

    The resolution for Himawaricast is 1km per pixel. It results in 11,000 x 11,000 pixel images, BUT... it's only for B3 (visible) channel an...
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    Thanks. I neglected to subscribe to my own thread.

    Thanks. I neglected to subscribe to my own thread.
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    GK-2A HRIT is CCSDS. I didn't think the Novra...

    GK-2A HRIT is CCSDS. I didn't think the Novra would work with that? UHRIT is DVB-S2, but it's up on X-band 8GHz and needs a 3.5 - 6.5m dish.
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    Strong looking signal you have there hca.

    Strong looking signal you have there hca.
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    An ebay search yields quite a few cheap technisat...

    An ebay search yields quite a few cheap technisat SkyStar 2 digital satellite receivers also. Be a cheap alternative to the Novra if they work.
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    My weather Admin mate actually gave me the Novra...

    My weather Admin mate actually gave me the Novra S300D. But it had an intermittent fault. I ended up searching ebay for a second hand one and bought that. I could have had their 4 metre solid dish...
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    Yeah I remember seeing Dartcom software for it. ...

    Yeah I remember seeing Dartcom software for it.

    I watched my mate install Kencast / FAZZT and I'm afraid it's waaaay above my head. I would have no hope of installing it on my own. Everything was...
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    I cheated and got my Kencast software from a mate...

    I cheated and got my Kencast software from a mate that admins a weather service that no longer uses satellite streaming. They went land line. And I don't have the install CD. I tried to look for a...
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    Yes, Gimp runs on Windows these days. I'm still...

    Yes, Gimp runs on Windows these days. I'm still getting used to it myself, learning as I go.

    The only problem with HRIT for GK-2A is that it needs a huge dish, probably 3+ metres for reliable...
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    Sam's page with heaps of info and some underlay...

    Sam's page with heaps of info and some underlay images for IR colour data.

    https://vksdr.com/xrit-rx
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    There's a fellow called John that is based in...

    There's a fellow called John that is based in Japan that has uploaded a lot of coastlines and under/overlay maps for GK-2A to github, but I don't have the link bookmarked. I stay in contact with a...
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    Excellent hca! You've got it! Don't forget the...

    Excellent hca! You've got it! Don't forget the skew of the feed may need to be twisted for optimum signal. When I first run my setup I used those cheap 20dB inline amps as well with success. But in...
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    I'm using a new colour underlay. I think it looks...

    I'm using a new colour underlay. I think it looks fairly good. Received from GK-2A a few minutes ago. 2.5m dish, cantenna feed, Nooelec Sawbird LNA, Nooelec NESDR, Xrit decoder by USA-Satcom.
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    Hi hca, if you can make some software that would...

    Hi hca, if you can make some software that would get pics from Himawaricast on Jcsat2B, you would be very popular, considering the cost and monopoly of the Kencast software. The PC is more demanding...
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    Me too. lol.

    Me too. lol.
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    Hi hca, I think the USA-Satcom software is...

    Hi hca, I think the USA-Satcom software is normally $125 USD. I got it for a special price of $75 as GK-2A is only LRIT. In any case it's better than $500 USD for the Himawari Kencast software!
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    Hi hca, I did a blind scan of Jcsat2B with a...

    Hi hca, I did a blind scan of Jcsat2B with a DVB-S2 box but nothing locked. On C band the spectrum analyser is full of spikes, all data transponders presumably. I used the spectrum analyser function...
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    Haha! Well it is slowing down a bit. ;)

    Haha! Well it is slowing down a bit. ;)
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    It's not just Facebook. Married life has claimed...

    It's not just Facebook. Married life has claimed a fair bit of internet hobby time. ;)
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    I forgot to subscribe to the thread so didn't...

    I forgot to subscribe to the thread so didn't receive any notifications. I have now though.
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    I'm afraid what you speak of is way above my...

    I'm afraid what you speak of is way above my head. I don't have any experience with the DM500 or Linux gear. But if you can get pix, that would be good.
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    Hi Chris, hope you're still reading! I forgot to...

    Hi Chris, hope you're still reading! I forgot to subscribe to the thread and got no notifications. Silly me.

    No LNB. It's direct L band. Receiving antenna is just a 1/4 wave stub in the can.
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