Portable Installation Suite
for Receiving Meteor LRPT

One of the most daunting aspects of setting up a reception system for the Russian Meteor Satellites has been the intricacy of the procedure:
Install Orbitron
Install SDRSharp
Set up SDSRSharp features for LRPT reception
Add required Meteor and DDE Tracker plugins to SDSRSharp
Configure the Meteor plugins
Set up the DDE Tracking Schedule
Configure Orbitron to automatically run SDRSharp
Downloading Zadig.exe to instal the RTL drivers for your dongle

Wouldn't it be great if all this could be achieved in a single step?

Well, it can be done.

Both Orbitron and SDRSharp are standalone programs. They can be run from any folder, on any drive of your computer, because all their configuration files, data files and DLLs etc. are present in their own folders - not hidden within the depths of Windows. It is therefore perfectly feasible to create a zipped archive which installs everything into the directory structure illustrated opposite.

Moreover, the link from Orbitron to activate SDRSharp has been made directory-independent: you can unpack the archive on any of your PC's drives (C\:, D\: etc.) and Orbitron will still link correctly with SDRSharp.

It is strongly recommended that you do not extract the archive into the Program Files folder, but directly on to one of your computer's drives: otherwise things may not run smoothly.

The Archive Meteor LRPT Suite.zip installs the entire Orbitron/SDRSharp system into the LRPT folder and, in addition, adds a subfolder containing LRPTOfflineDecoder, and an empty QPSK subfolder where the QPSK S‑files will be stored..

Thus, you have everything you need to receive Meteor images in a single location.

What the archive cannot do
You will still have to run zadig to install the RTL drivers for your dongle
  (You will find the zadig file inside the SDRSharp folder).
You will have to set the Tuner Correction (ppm) for you own specific RTL dongle.
The Meteor frequency is set at 137.9 MHz in both Orbitron and SDRSharp.
  (You may have to alter this should the satellite switch frequency to 137.1 MHz.)
You must enter your Location Coordinates and Time Zone into Orbitron yourself.

Otherwise, everything is set to go.

Download Meteor LRPT Suite for Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10 (~9 MB, uses Meteor plugin v 1.7).

Note 1 Windows 7 users must make sure that they have Microsoft's Dot NET 4.6 framework installed.
Note 2 This Suite will not run on the older Windows XP Operating System.

What if you are still using Windows XP?

Many enthusiasts make use of old Windows XP computers for Meteor reception.
To do this, a different Suite is required, using components developed to run on Microsoft's older Dot NET 3.5 framework .

Download Meteor LRPT XP Suite for Windows XP (~9.5 MB, uses Meteor plugin v 1.5).

It is perfectly OK to use an XP computer for Meteor reception, so long as it is normally kept off-line (though you will have to be connected to the Internet to run Zadig). But remember, Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, and there is a danger of infection from Viruses and Malware if it is regularly on-line.

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