Re: Newbie questions
David J Taylor GM8ARV 🏴 🇪🇺
Last year I purchased Ayecka SR-1 on ebay and, per your advice, I requested the EUMETcast license. Unfortunately, due other priorities, that project was put on an hold but now, thanks to the lockdown, it looks like finally I will have time to put everything together.
This afternoon I pointed the antenna dish using a tv sat receiver and I am sure I am pointing on the right orbital position. The next step is to install the software, etc.
I looked at the system requirments and they seem pretty old (2.8 GHz Pentium IV type or better CPU). So, realistically, what would be the recommended hardware? I have an Quad core desktop computer. Will it work ok? 8Gb is enough?
Regarding the OS, should I go for Windows or ubuntu?
I appreciate your advice.
Thank you in advance.
FCosta (CT1EAT/M0HOJ are my amateur radio callsigns)
Welcome (back) to the group!
Requirements have changed a little from the start of the EUMETCast service, and an older PC may have issues because of fixes to the Intel/AMD chip security issues. I find that TelliCast can now take more CPU and this is because of the amount of I/O, and the fixes which are included with Windows to account for the chip security problems. Having said that, this PC which is over 9 years old is quad core with 8 GB RAM and works very well as a self-contained receive and process system taking most of the Basic Services (except the large IASI and sounder data from Metop). So that's the three MSG geostationary satellites, two Metop full world 1 km resolution data, and the near-real-time European coverage "EARS" data - 1 km resolution NOAA-19, and three Metop satellites!
OS tends to be a choice of the heart rather than the head! Linux configuration is more complicated than Windows particularly on the networking side, so if you're unfamiliar with Linux Windows would probably be a better choice. Windows is more popular and has more choice of programs available. Personally I use, prefer, and recommend Windows, but there are folk here who can help you with Linux. I would stick with whatever flavour of Linux EUMETSAT recommend.
[I do use Linux on other systems, but mostly headless servers on Raspberry Pi cards. It works well for APT and LRPT reception.]
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