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Deep Space antenna (dish)

  1. Jan 30, 2016 #1
    I am trying to build my own communication / listening dish, multi frequency antenna, basically my own deep space antenna network. how to get the needed supply for such endeavour? help with any info on this,
    a new field for me.

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  3. Jan 30, 2016 #2


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    What antennas have you built so far? How large do you want to build this dish? What are you going to use for your LNA and receiver stages? How will you be analyzing the data? Will this dish be movable, or will it be anchored to the ground?
  4. Jan 30, 2016 #3
    I have not build any antenna before, this would be my first run, I will like the antenna to be flexible and large in deployment , (fabric like material),
    I also have not thought much on the subsequent devices (amplifier or receiver), when it come to the data i got a decent machine (a Mac cluster) that i generally
    use for simulation / modelling.

    Ground! with a rotating arm structure.
  5. Jan 30, 2016 #4


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    How big?
  6. Jan 30, 2016 #5
    3 m to 6meter
  7. Jan 31, 2016 #6
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2016
  8. Feb 1, 2016 #7


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    from your opening comments etc, I and the others are under the impression that you want to receive the planetary probes that are out there

    Galileo, Cassini, the Mars orbiters etc
    They all operate in the 8 GHz band

    There's a good yahoo group ( I have been a member for quite some years) ... Amateur Deep Space Network that have a bunch of guys
    around the world ( many are amateur radio operators) that build systems and receive signals from the various spacecraft out there

    I would suggest it would be a good place to start by joining up and asking a few questions
    you have a lot of hard work ahead of you with getting a suitable dish, getting it mounted on a steerable system and then all the low noise receiver gear

    I hope your electronics and mechanical skills are very good :smile:

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