DIY Weather Satellite Ground Station

Weather Satellite Reception

Weather Satellite Reception

Sasha M6IOR and Sophie M6NYX have made available a Guide for the reception of NOAA satellite images using software defined radio on Windows or MacOS.

The guide suggests a few ways to receive an Automatic Picture Transmission (APT) from active National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites in the 137 MHz band.

Read the guide at

June GEO Newsletter available for free download

GEO Newsletter 58 Front CoverThe June PDF of the weather satellite publication GEO Newsletter produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download.

The Group for Earth Observation’s aim is to enable amateur reception of weather and earth imaging satellites that are in orbit or planned for launch in the near future. Membership of GEO is free.

Among the items in this newsletter Francis Bell G7CND writes about the GEO display at the Kempton Park Amateur Radio Rally, Les Hamilton provides an update on the Meteor M2 satellite and of course there are the impressive weather satellite images received by members.

Download the June 2018 GEO Newsletter from

Group for Earth Observation

GEO 2014 Symposium Videos Released

National Space Centre Leicester

National Space Centre Leicester

A video collection of the presentations given at the Group for Earth Observation (GEO) Symposium on Saturday, April 26, 2014 has been released.

GEO is a group of enthusiasts interested in the amateur reception of weather and earth imaging satellites. They produce a first-rate quarterly magazine, samples can be seen at

Watch the GEO 2014 Symposium videos recorded at the National Space Centre in Leicester at

The GEO Yahoo Group can be found at

Group for Earth Observation (GEO)

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Tested with NOAA 19

Dave Mellor G4EWK tested his new FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio by receiving the NOAA 19 weather satellite.

The FUNcube Dongle Pro+ LF/MF/HF/VHF/UHF SDR was developed for educational outreach as part of the ground segment for the FUNcube satellite.

A proportion of the FCD-Pro+ sales goes to support the AMSAT-UK FUNcube satellite project.

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GEO Group to visit Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL)


SSTL Kepler Building

GEO members have been invited to have a guided tour of the new facilities at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) on Friday, June 8.


SSTL HQ - Tycho House

GEO is a group of enthusiasts interested in the amateur reception of weather and earth imaging satellites. They produce a first-rate quarterly magazine, samples can be seen here.

SSTL has more than 25 years of experience in delivering bespoke Earth observation missions, operating constellations and providing imagery to a diverse range of customers.

Further details of the visit are at

GEO organises symposia. The first was in May 2004, there has been one every year since then – the most recent in May 2011. The programmes included workshops for total beginners and for the more advanced users of MSG-1. Full details are published in the GEO Quarterly and the groups website.

The quarterly GEO magazine features colour images, advice and commentary about the latest Earth imaging satellites and other developments. Thirty one issues have been published so far – the next is due in June 2012. Other resources available to new members are computer software, equipment advice and support from other members.

The GEO Yahoo Group can be found at

GEO Group for Earth Observation

Watch a timelapse video of the construction of the SSTL Kepler building

FUNcube Dongle SDR in CQ Ham Radio

A review of the AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle VHF/UHF Software Defined Radio has just been published in CQ Ham Radio magazine.

The review can be seen at

However, it’s in Japanese so we are none the wiser as to what it says but it looks good.

The FUNcube Dongle SDR’s have been used for a wide variety of applications including:

Weather Satellites

A Software Defined Radio Telescope

Reception of 433/434 MHz balloons launched by radio amateurs such as

Earth-Moon-Earth (Moon Bounce) communications


The AMSAT-UK FUNcube Yahoo group now has over 2,500 members. You can join at