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A new pile of parts means a new project is in the works.

I’m building a Raspberry Pi based NOAA weather satellite receiver. I’ve got some experience with receiving signals from NOAA satellites, but will be a little different, as all of the work is going to be done automatically on a Raspberry Pi. This will allow me to place the receiver right at the antenna, which is mounted in my attic. With a very short piece of coax, reducing feed-line loss.

I’ll be using the following list of parts:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • MicroUSB Power Supply
  • Generic Raspberry Pi 3 Case
  • 32 GB Micro SD Card
  • NooElec SDR Dongle
  • QFH Antenna

This project will require some basic Linux skills. If you are not comfortable navigating around the Linux command line, you may need to get some help if you want to follow along.

This instructable is going to focus on getting the Raspberry Pi working to receive images. Details around building a proper antenna can be found from other sources. I even made a video about it: https://youtu.be/KU75FSA6o2M

Step 1: Prepare the Raspberry Pi

The first step is getting the Raspberry Pi up and running. I’m using Raspbian (Jessie 2016-11-25).

There are plenty of tutorials on getting Raspbian set up and booting on the Raspberry Pi. You should have no difficulty in finding one: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images/README.md

Once you have the Raspbian image copied to your micro SD card, boot the Raspberry Pi. You'll need to get it on the network and enable SSH. You can certainly use either a wired Ethernet connection, or wireless. I'm using wireless, as I don't have a wired connection in my attic.

Enable SSH using the Raspberry Pi Configuration utility in the Preferences menu. You may want to set it to boot to CLI while you are in there. Since this is going to be a headless setup, there is no need to waste resources on a GUI.

Next we want to make sure the Raspberry Pi is fully up-to-date. Issue the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo reboot
<p>Hello you can use RPI2? Thanks</p>
<p>Ok now it Work&acute;s.</p><p>I have used the new image. And i have set all from the beginn like the video!</p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Screenshot with atq</p>
<p>Hello,</p><p>thank&acute;s for the great articel!</p><p>But i have a problem. I see on &quot;atq&quot; that are some recordings planned. But the are no files? I dont know where the error are... I hobe some one can help me.</p>
<p>Great to see the detailed &amp; simple article to receive NOAA on Raspberry pi 3. <br><br>I am currently not getting the image from it the audio recorded in weather folder is just noise. I can receive pics on my laption but having troble here in Raspberry. Any help appriciated !</p>

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Bio: I'm a ham, a tinker, a maker. I like interesting things. I'm a technophile, a wood turner, and a pen maker.
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