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Re: Strange Fading effects

David J Taylor
 

Hi guys,

my name is Thomas and iam from Heidelberg/germany

Iam in weather reception for ages. Beginning with a circular antenna for Noaa APT, following with a direct readout station for HRPT

Since 2006 iam subscribed to meteocast. It was always pretty easy to receive the data from Astra and Eurobird9, but the switch to Eutelsat 10 stopped working for me.

I tried several dvb-s2 cards, but always with the same effect of heavy fading effects.
In use is a 85cm Offset antenna and a standard universal lnb with high quality coax cable.
The sight in Eutelsat directory is totally free of any obstacles. The antenna is about 10 m away from the house. The cable is about 13m long.
The actual card in use is a Technisat Dvb-s2 PCIe
with the BDA driver from eumetsat together with the BDA data tool. All is configured as recommended by eumetsat help pages.

I get a quality of about 60% and no signal indication, but the signal fades dramatically from 0% to 60% The signal does not lock, or just a few seconds.

As I mentioned i tried different components, always with that result. All components were changed in different constellation, even the computer.

If i connect the antenna cable to my tv (build in tuner), i get 100% signal and quality indicated, even on 11262.5.
All TV channels working fine, without artefacts or any interferences.
I assume that's not comparable with a pc card, but it shows me at least that the signal is good.

Not to forget.. the telicast software and Eku client are not yet installed, because i guess without a locked signal.... no data to process.

I have no further idea. Off course i should invest in a larger antenna and good receiver, but the fact that all component variations had no effect concerns me a bit.

I really hope anyone of you has a hint or idea.

Kind Regards
Thomas
====================================

Thomas,

Welcome to the group!

On this page, in the "Devices" section, you will find a list of devices supported for EUMETCast:

https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Data/DataDelivery/EUMETCast/ReceptionStationSetup/index.html


The TechniSat DVB-S2 PCIe is not listed by EUMETSAT, so may be unsuitable for the new DVB-S2 service. Perhaps this is the cause of your problem? There is one older card listed which may be suitable for the Basic Service alone, the TechniSat SkyStar 2 HD, and you might be able to find that second hand.

Otherwise there are three choices - network receiver, USB receiver, or PCIe card. They are listed on that page.

- Many people are using the Ayecka SR1 which can receive one transponder at a time, but only requires a network connection to your PC. Likely this means adding a second network card to your desktop PC, but a USB-Ethernet adapter also works. The Novra S300 also works well.

- For a USB direct connection, the TBS5927 works well, as does its older version (TBS5925) which you may be able to find second-hand. This also works on a single transponder at a time, so two boxes if you need data from both transponders.

- The TBS 6903 PCIe card has two receivers, and can therefore take both transponder 1 (BS, HVS-1) and transponder 2 (HVS-2) at the same time.

Someone on the group here may have any of these spare or for sale second-hand.

Cheers,
David
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Strange Fading effects

Thomas Scheelen
 

Hi guys, 

my name is Thomas and iam from Heidelberg/germany. 

Iam in weather reception for ages. Beginning with a circular antenna for Noaa APT, following with a direct readout station for HRPT. 

Since 2006 iam subscribed to meteocast. It was always pretty easy to receive the data from Astra and Eurobird9, but the switch to Eutelsat 10 stopped working for me.

I  tried several dvb-s2 cards, but always with the same effect of heavy fading effects. 
In use is a 85cm Offset antenna and a standard universal lnb with high quality coax cable. 
The sight in Eutelsat directory is totally free of any obstacles. The antenna is about 10 m away from the house.  The cable is about 13m long. 
The actual card in use is a Technisat Dvb-s2 PCIe
with the BDA driver from eumetsat together with the BDA data tool. All is configured as recommended by eumetsat help pages. 

I get a quality of about 60% and no signal indication, but the signal fades dramatically from 0% to 60% The signal does not lock, or just a few seconds. 

As I mentioned i tried different components, always with that result.  All components were changed in different constellation, even the computer. 

If i connect the antenna cable to my tv (build in tuner), i get 100% signal and quality indicated, even on 11262.5.
All TV channels working fine, without artefacts or any interferences. 
I assume that's not comparable with a pc card, but it shows me at least that the signal is good. 

Not to forget... the telicast software and Eku client are not yet installed, because i guess without a locked signal.... no data to process. 

I have no further idea. Off course i should invest in a larger antenna and good receiver, but the fact that all component variations had no effect concerns me a bit.

I really hope anyone of you has a hint or idea. 

Kind Regards 
Thomas 

Re: EARS Data.

Douglas Deans
 

On 24/10/2019 18:30, David J Taylor via Groups.Io wrote:
Blimey this will be a big loss :-
https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/News/DAT_4682634.html
Regards,
Douglas.
===================================
Douglas,
When I first read that I took it as just ATOVS data - the sounder data - but you make me wonder whether it's AVHRR image data as well?  The full-orbit Metop data will still be available, I think, as it relies on Svalbard and (when possible) Antarctic stations.  It doesn't mention which satellites, either, so one assumes all satellites in the EARS service.
Cheers,
David
======================================================================

You might well be right David. I looked at the link and saw the word AVHRR but it is the AVHRR derived cloud mask. Those datas are all interlinked so I wonder what is behind the decision. Interesting.

Regards,
Douglas.

Re: EARS Data.

David J Taylor
 

Blimey this will be a big loss :-

https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/News/DAT_4682634.html

Regards,
Douglas.
===================================

Douglas,

When I first read that I took it as just ATOVS data - the sounder data - but you make me wonder whether it's AVHRR image data as well? The full-orbit Metop data will still be available, I think, as it relies on Svalbard and (when possible) Antarctic stations. It doesn't mention which satellites, either, so one assumes all satellites in the EARS service.

Cheers,
David
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EARS Data.

Douglas Deans
 

Blimey this will be a big loss :-

https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/News/DAT_4682634.html

Regards,
Douglas.

Re: Defunct Groups

David J Taylor
 

Douglas,

Interesting.
But does Twitter have 'groups?'
I don't want to be inundated with tweets regarding matters I have no interest in/on.

It seems 'everyone in the world' tweets (except me).

Regards,
John.

Oh, and is it accessible via computer?
I really don't want to have to read lines of comments via my (even large screen) mobile phone.
====================================

John,

Twitter is far, far less intrusive than Facebook.

The way I use Twitter, there are no "groups" as such. You "follow" (get posts from) the people /you/ decide to follow. No-one else. However, there are some "promoted" posts where folk have paid to send that post to folk who have particular interests (presumably gathered by Twitter). In general, the S/N is very good.

You don't have to post anything, you can simple listen. If you do post something, only your followers will see that post, unless someone has a trigger based on a particular word (e.g. METEOSAT). You can tag your post with that keyword if you wish (e.g. #amsat #brexit).

Tweets are limited to 280 characters, so the text won't run over your screen. You can get Twitter to the phone, tablet, Windows PC, and (I guess) the Mac. They all link to the same account.

@eumetsat and @eumetsat_users are there, and you'll find the service announcements there as well. You can look without even joining Twitter (I think):

https://twitter.com/eumetsat_users
https://twitter.com/eumetsat
https://twitter.com/gm8arv

I post on more than just weather satellite reception, and retweet some of the EUMETSAT_USERS posts which will be of interest to folk on this group (e.g. solar outages, rapid-scan holidays). I hope that if folk don't want this they'll tell me!

Cheers,
David
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Re: Defunct Groups

geojohnt@...
 

Douglas,

Interesting.
But does Twitter have 'groups?'
I don't want to be inundated with tweets regarding matters I have no interest in/on.

It seems 'everyone in the world' tweets (except me).

Regards,
John.

Oh, and is it accessible via computer?
I really don't want to have to read lines of comments via my (even large screen) mobile phone.

+++++++++++++++++++

In a message dated 16/10/2019 20:08:23 GMT Standard Time, dsdeans@... writes:

I agree but I find now that I get a much better response to satellite
issues and images posting on twitter than I do with any of the groups.
World wide audience and speed and simplicity seem to be the reason.
However I do accept there are a few limitations and posting my weekly
weather satellite report might just break the character number requirement !
I see dozens of Meteor images and technical conversations on twitter
every day and I guess if I followed the right people I could do the same
with many other datas. The point is you decide your area of interest.

Re: Defunct Groups

geojohnt@...
 

Ian,

I agree.
Actually, I'd forgotten about 'all these other' groups which we used to post on.
MSG-1 seems to have become a bit of a 'cover all' - apart from GEO-Subs for weather satellite related information.

Regards,
John.

++++++++++++++

In a message dated 16/10/2019 19:39:49 GMT Standard Time, iandeans142@... writes:

Re the recent mails with regard to a number of yahoo groups. my guess is
that the groups in question ( with the exception of the old MSG-1 Yahoo
group ) have probably not been used for many months if not years and in
my opinion should be discontinued along with the old MSG-1 group.

The occasional mails that might be posted under these groups, could be
posted on the MSG-1 io group and that is probably being done at the
moment anyway.

Re: Defunct Groups

David J Taylor
 

Re the recent mails with regard to a number of yahoo groups. my guess is
that the groups in question ( with the exception of the old MSG-1 Yahoo
group ) have probably not been used for many months if not years and in
my opinion should be discontinued along with the old MSG-1 group.

The occasional mails that might be posted under these groups, could be
posted on the MSG-1 io group and that is probably being done at the
moment anyway.

Regards
Ian.
============================

Yes, those old groups haven't been used for some time, although a few folk seem to have crept out of the woodwork! I anticipate that Yahoo will close groups entirely, and they're deleting all of the non-email content by the end of the year as you may know, so effectively that was my final message to those obsolete groups. I'll simply let Yahoo delete them as and when.

Cheers,
David
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Re: Defunct Groups

Douglas Deans
 

On 16/10/2019 19:39, Ian Deans via Groups.Io wrote:
Re the recent mails with regard to a number of yahoo groups. my guess is that the groups in question ( with the exception of the old MSG-1 Yahoo group ) have probably not been used for many months if not years and in my opinion should be discontinued along with the old MSG-1 group.
The occasional mails that might be posted under these groups, could be posted on the MSG-1 io group and that is probably being done at the moment anyway.
Regards
Ian.
====================================================================

I agree but I find now that I get a much better response to satellite issues and images posting on twitter than I do with any of the groups. World wide audience and speed and simplicity seem to be the reason.
However I do accept there are a few limitations and posting my weekly weather satellite report might just break the character number requirement !
I see dozens of Meteor images and technical conversations on twitter every day and I guess if I followed the right people I could do the same with many other datas. The point is you decide your area of interest.

Regards,
Douglas.

Defunct Groups

Ian Deans
 

Re the recent mails with regard to a number of yahoo groups. my guess is that the groups in question ( with the exception of the old MSG-1 Yahoo group ) have probably not been used for many months if not years and in my opinion should be discontinued along with the old MSG-1 group.

The occasional mails that might be posted under these groups, could be posted on the MSG-1 io group and that is probably being done at the moment anyway.

Regards
Ian.

Re: EUMETSAT EUM TD 15 document.

David J Taylor
 

All,


I haven't read this document for ages and so downloaded the 'latest' version.
It is now very comprehensive and contains quite a lot of information I hadn't seen.
The latest version is dated 5 July 2019 and has several updates/additions itemised in the update table at the beginning of the document.

Did you know for instance that a backup satellite for the EUMETCast Ku-band service is already 'ready' in case of the failure of 10A?

A section in TD 15 details how to set up a dual feed setup for 10A and 21B.

The document is well worth a read if you haven't read it for quite some time now.

Regards,
John Tellick.
===================================

Thanks for that, John. I hadn't seen the current version either. As you say, well worth a read. It's a PDF file at:

https://www.eumetsat.int/website/wcm/idc/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dDocName=PDF_TD15_EUMETCAST&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&Rendition=Web

Cheers,
David
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EUMETSAT EUM TD 15 document.

geojohnt@...
 

All,

I haven't read this document for ages and so downloaded the 'latest' version.
It is now very comprehensive and contains quite a lot of information I hadn't seen.
The latest version is dated 5 July 2019 and has several updates/additions itemised in the update table at the beginning of the document.

Did you know for instance that a backup satellite for the EUMETCast Ku-band service is already 'ready' in case of the failure of 10A?

A section in TD 15 details how to set up a dual feed setup for 10A and 21B.

The document is well worth a read if you haven't read it for quite some time now.

Regards,
John Tellick.

Re: New member questions

Frank Kosta
 


HI David

Thank you very much for your reply and valuable information.
I will proceed per your recommendation.
Thank you also for your very informative web site.
I already spent long time browsing it.
Regards
FCosta (M0HOJ/CT1EAT)

David J Taylor via Groups.Io <gm8arv=yahoo.co.uk@groups.io> escreveu no dia sexta, 11/10/2019 à(s) 16:38:

Dear All

My name is Costa, I am Portuguese but currently living in Cambridge, UK.
Recently I made an impulse purchase and now I am a happy owner of (nearly
new) Ayecka SR-1.
It came with a EUMETCast Client Software v5.5 CD but no USB dongle.
I already made the EO Portal registration and the next step is to select the
services I want/need.
When I looked at the options I admit I was overwhelmed and that is why I
need your help.
What would be the basic "package"? I presume I can upgrade later, if
required, right?
By the way, my interest is purely amateur. I used to have a Grundig MST-100
to receive Meteosat 7 and missed those days...
On the hardware side, what LNB do you recommend? I have read elsewhere the
Inverto Ultra are the best. Aren't PLL LNB's better? I have a few laying
around (from Es'HailSat 2 reception testing).
I will, hopefully this weekend, check the current firmware and upgrade as
required. Any advice/tips are most welcome.
Thank you in advance.
Have a great weekend.
Regards,
FCosta
=====================================

Costa,

Welcome to the group!

Very briefly....

Data services, start with the four geostationary satellites on the Basic
Service:

Meteosat Services

    0?? Service
        0?? SEVIRI Level 1.5 Image Data
            1/4-hourly data transmissions **
            1/2-hourly data transmissions **
            1-hourly data transmissions
        0?? Meteosat Meteorological Products
            All other Meteorological Products
    9.5?? E Rapid Scanning Service
        RSS SEVIRI Level 1.5 Image Data ** ??
        RSS Meteosat Meteorological Products
    41.5?? E Indian Ocean Data Coverage
        IODC SEVIRI Level 1.5 Image Data
            1/4-hourly data transmissions **
            1/2-hourly data transmissions **
            1-hourly data transmissions
        IODC Meteosat Meteorological Products
            All other Meteorological Products

Yes, you can upgrade at any time.

A PLL LNB may be better (less drift and perhaps lower phase noise).

You may find some useful information on my Web site, although some does date
back to early testing.

Enjoy Cambridge!

Cheers,
David
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Re: New member questions

David J Taylor
 

Dear All

My name is Costa, I am Portuguese but currently living in Cambridge, UK.
Recently I made an impulse purchase and now I am a happy owner of (nearly new) Ayecka SR-1.
It came with a EUMETCast Client Software v5.5 CD but no USB dongle.
I already made the EO Portal registration and the next step is to select the services I want/need.
When I looked at the options I admit I was overwhelmed and that is why I need your help.
What would be the basic "package"? I presume I can upgrade later, if required, right?
By the way, my interest is purely amateur. I used to have a Grundig MST-100 to receive Meteosat 7 and missed those days...
On the hardware side, what LNB do you recommend? I have read elsewhere the Inverto Ultra are the best. Aren't PLL LNB's better? I have a few laying around (from Es'HailSat 2 reception testing).
I will, hopefully this weekend, check the current firmware and upgrade as required. Any advice/tips are most welcome.
Thank you in advance.
Have a great weekend.
Regards,
FCosta
=====================================

Costa,

Welcome to the group!

Very briefly....

Data services, start with the four geostationary satellites on the Basic Service:

Meteosat Services

0?? Service
0?? SEVIRI Level 1.5 Image Data
1/4-hourly data transmissions **
1/2-hourly data transmissions **
1-hourly data transmissions
0?? Meteosat Meteorological Products
All other Meteorological Products
9.5?? E Rapid Scanning Service
RSS SEVIRI Level 1.5 Image Data ** ??
RSS Meteosat Meteorological Products
41.5?? E Indian Ocean Data Coverage
IODC SEVIRI Level 1.5 Image Data
1/4-hourly data transmissions **
1/2-hourly data transmissions **
1-hourly data transmissions
IODC Meteosat Meteorological Products
All other Meteorological Products

Yes, you can upgrade at any time.

A PLL LNB may be better (less drift and perhaps lower phase noise).

You may find some useful information on my Web site, although some does date back to early testing.

Enjoy Cambridge!

Cheers,
David
--
SatSignal Software - Quality software for you
Web: http://www.satsignal.eu
Email: david-taylor@...
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New member questions

Frank Kosta
 


Dear All

My name is Costa, I am Portuguese but currently living in Cambridge, UK.
Recently I made an impulse purchase and now I am a happy owner of (nearly new) Ayecka SR-1.
It came with a EUMETCast Client Software v5.5 CD but no USB dongle.
I already made the EO Portal registration and the next step is to select the services I want/need.
When I looked at the options I admit I was overwhelmed and that is why I need your help.
What would be the basic "package"? I presume I can upgrade later, if required, right? 
By the way, my interest is purely amateur. I used to have a Grundig MST-100 to receive Meteosat 7 and missed those days...
On the hardware side, what LNB do you recommend? I have read elsewhere the Inverto Ultra are the best. Aren't PLL LNB's better? I have a few laying around (from Es'HailSat 2 reception testing).
I will, hopefully this weekend, check the current firmware and upgrade as required. Any advice/tips are most welcome.
Thank you in advance.
Have a great weekend.
Regards,
FCosta

Re: newbie's informations requests

David J Taylor
 

Hi everybody! I'm newbie here. I've just requested licenses to Eumetsat and I'm waiting for the key to start this new experience!

I've have some questions about the hardware to get for the data reception (until a few years ago this was more simple).

I'd like to build a transportable receiving station, with a INTEL NUC inside an IP67 case... and here follow that my questions:



- is a 100 cm or bigger dish needed or can i use a smaller one (i.e. 60-80 cms)? which kind of illuminator is needed? an universal one?

- I've found on EUMETSAT website a list of reccomended devices (obviously I need an external one for my purposes..). Has anybody tried other models that works fine with a lower cost?

Thanks for your tips!
=======================================

Federico,

Welcome to the group!

Within Europe an 80-100 cm dish should do, particularly if you only need the Basic Service. If you want the High Volume Service (HVS-1 or HVS-2) think towards the 100 cm. You can see what people are using here:

https://www.satsignal.eu/mrtg/performance_eumetcast-europe_link_margin.php

Ideally the Link Margin should be at least 4 dB to allow for times when the weather reduces the signal. If you are right in the centre of the EUTELSAT 10A footprint (Ku-band, wide beam):

https://www.eutelsat.com/en/satellites/eutelsat-10-east.html

A standard "Satellite TV LNB" will usually suffice, but ideally you want one "for HDTV" (i.e. a lower phase noise, possibly a "phase locked" one), and if you have a long cable, a high output one:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=inverto+lnb+black&i=electronics&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Having a dual- or quad-output allows you to add more receivers at a later date.

For a low-cost receiver, look for a second-hand TBS 5925.

Ciao,
David
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Re: newbie's informations requests

Cornish Man
 

Hi and welcome

At the moment I am using a 110cm dish,, but it's recomended to use a 120cm (or bigger if you can get one)

And I am using a TBS 6903 card to receive

On the EUmetcast website there's a list of devices that you will need to connect

Here's is the link, scroll down till you see the device tab 

https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Data/DataDelivery/EUMETCast/ReceptionStationSetup/index.html

Jan

No Channels

Cornish Man
 

Hi

I finally managed to get the "Missing Key" message to disapear.
But now I am not getting any channels on Basic, NVS1 and HVS2 (As shown in the attached images)

I also get a popup when I plug in thr eToken with I didn't have before
I can't remember my old password to put a new one in

I tried another eToken and have the same problem
Any help would be grateful

Jan

newbie's informations requests

Federico Visintini
 

Hi everybody! I'm newbie here. I've just requested licenses to Eumetsat and I'm waiting for the key to start this new experience!

I've have some questions about the hardware to get for the data reception (until a few years ago this was more simple).

I'd like to build a transportable receiving station, with a INTEL NUC inside an IP67 case... and here follow that my questions:

- is a 100 cm or bigger dish needed or can i use a smaller one (i.e. 60-80 cms)? which kind of illuminator is needed? an universal one?

- I've found on EUMETSAT website a list of reccomended devices (obviously I need an external one for my purposes..). Has anybody tried other models that works fine with a lower cost?

Thanks for your tips!