Hardware Setup

Version 8 (J. Simmons, 10/16/2018 05:15 am)

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h1. Hardware Setup
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The following steps cover the physical setup of Ground Sphere Mk 3.  You will be ready to operate Ground Sphere after completing both these steps and the [[Software Setup]].  Refer to the [[Operating Instructions]] at that point for information on capturing images from NOAA weather satellites.
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h2. Tools
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None.
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h2. Materials
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From the "Bill of Materials":https://goo.gl/zyuizi
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* (1) H-01: RTL-SDR Dongle
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* (1) H-02: 1/4 Wave Monpole Antenna
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* (1) H-03: TRAM NMO 5 1/2'' Magnet NMO Mounting with Rubber Boot
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* (1) Personal computer (laptop preferred) running Windows 10
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h2. Safety Issues
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* Be careful of static discharge for the RTL-SDR dongle.
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* Antenna is very conductive, be careful of electric shock near high voltage sources.
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h2. Product
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Full Hardware Assembly
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h2. Procedure
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# Place *NMO Base* on a level surface
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!prep_antenna_1.jpg!
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# Screw *Monopole Antenna* onto *NMO Base*
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!prep_antenna_2.jpg!
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# Screw SMA connector end of *NMO Base* to the *RTL-SDR Dongle*
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!prep_antenna_3.jpg!
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# Plug *RTL-SDR Dongle* into your computer's USB port
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