NOAA Weather Satellite Images With Cheap SDR Receiver

This morning I decided to fire up the ultra cheap software defined radio (DVB-T dongle) so my PC could grab some weather satellite photos from the NOAA satellites.

If you haven’t heard- you can now buy a $10 USB device which functions as an all band radio receiver. Β Tonnes of freeware programs now exist to work with these signals. Β One fun use is decoding the weather images directly from the satellites. Β It is really a simple process and your PC can stitch together multiple images to cover a large portion of any area.

Here is a composite image which is actually 3 satellite passes today which were automatically stitched together and displayed. Β Not too bad for a $10 USB stick πŸ™‚

NOAA Weather satellite software defined radio

I am using a commercial QFH antenna but you can easily make your own as well. Β If you haven’t already- check out my videos on the cheap software defined radios- the number of things we can receive is quite incredible!

Here is the website which my receiver automatically updates when I have it configured to receive the NOAA images.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/89861404/WXtoImg/index.html

Here are the tutorial videos I made so anyone can use these little software defined radios to receive satellite weather transmission easily.

Cheers!