Portable Installation Suite
|A Suite for MeteorGIS is also now available|
|•||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|
|•||Download Zadig.exe to install the RTL drivers for your dongle|
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. For most users, it is sufficient to unpack the zipped archive directly on to the C:| drive when the directory tree illustrated will be installed.
Each of the Meteor LRPT Suite archives offered below will install the entire Orbitron/SDRSharp system into a folder called LRPT, and in addition, add a subfolder containing LRPTOfflineDecoder, and an empty QPSK subfolder where the received QPSK S‑files will be stored.
Thus, you have everything you need to receive Meteor images in a single location.
Once this is done, everything is set to go. All you need to do is run the file orbitron.exe from the 'Orbitron' folder, click the 'Rotor/Radio' tab at the foot of its display, and finally click the small button to the right of the 'Driver' window showing 'SDRsharp'. This will activate SDRsharp, and Meteor data will be recorded automatically on every pass, under control of Orbitron.
And of course, you must connect a 137 MHz APT antenna (turnstile, QFH etc) to your dongle in order to receive the Meteor signals. Your APT antenna for the NOAA satellites is ideal.
Also available is a much more up-to-date website by 'Happysat' which describes in intricate detail how to build a Meteor reception station from scratch.
LRPT Suite for Meteor M2 under Windows 7, 8 and 10
Download Meteor LRPT Suite.1.7 using Meteor plugin v 1.7, SDR# v 1443 and LRPT Decoder v 14 (for 137.1 MHz).
Note 1 Windows 7 users must make sure that they have Microsoft's Dot NET 4.6 framework installed.
LRPT Suite for Meteor M2 under Windows XP
Many enthusiasts make use of old Windows XP computers for Meteor reception.
Download QPSK LRPT XP Suite using QPSK plugin v 1.4, SDR# v 1337 and LRPT Decoder v 14 (for 137.1 MHz).
Remember, Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, and there is a danger of infection from Viruses and Malware if it is regularly connected on-line. It is advisable, when updating keplerian elements, to download the weather.tle file from Celestrak using an internet-connected computer, then copying it into the 'tle' subfolder of Orbitron via a USB Stick.
View Meteor M2 images building in Real Time (Windows 10)
It is possible, by activating the TCP socket option in the Meteor Demodulator plugin for SDRSharp, to observe the Meteor M2 images building up in LRPTDecoder in real time as the satellite passes over. Meteor LRPT Suite 1.8.4 has been set up to do just this (for Meteor M2 only, and not for subsequent satellites of this series). The image above shows all the software active, on screen, simultaneously.
Download Meteor LRPT Suite.1.8.4 using Meteor plugin v 1.8, SDR# v 1555 and LRPT Decoder v 33 (for 137.1 MHz).
This archive will unzip into a folder called LRPT for Meteor M2 (TCP), which you may rename to suit you needs.
There is a ReadMe.txt file within this folder with additional information.
LRPT Suite for Meteor M2-2
This satellite has failed and is no longer transmitting LRPT
There is an in-depth tutorial explaining how to set up your Meteor M2-n system from 'Happysat' at http://happysat.nl/Setup_Meteor/Setup.html
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