It’s cloudy! Below is a picture from NOAA-18 from this afternoon’s pass at about 14:30 SAST with the spacecraft reaching a maximum elevation of 76 degrees. The first picture is a cropped version of the original from WXSat and the second a slightly manipulated one using The GIMP.
So, while waiting for Delfi-C3 to make an appearance again I thought I’d see if we could get some pictures from one of the NOAA weather satellites. Unfortunately our ICOM IC-910H cannot receive the +- 137 MHz signal from the APT transmitter on the satellite.
Using our ground station VHF antenna connected to my little handheld Kenwood TH-F7 and SatPC32 to track the satellites I was ready see if I could receive anything. The TH-F7 was connected to a USB soundcard and I used WXSat software on the PC to decode the APT.
The two pictures below was received from NOAA-18 and NOAA-19. Hopefully the pictures will get a bit better with time, but I still think the results are pretty good taking into account I was just playing around and did not do much reading and research before hand :).
I also had some issues with interference, where you would hear people talking intermittently in between the APT signal from the satellite – not ideal.