(meteorobs) Good radios for tv carrier meteor scatter?

Siddhartha Jain siddhartha at siddharthajain.net
Tue Jun 26 14:14:49 EDT 2007

Would you consider any scanners? I am successfully using a ICOM
PCR-1000 with a Fry's Yagi antenna for observing meteors. I bought the
scanner off ebay for about $350.

Before the scanner, I ran into the same issue you are facing, that is,
FM congestion. Even though I did find some nulls using various sites
including radio-locator.com but interference from neighbouring
channels made life miserable. Then I tried monitoring Channel 6's
video frequency using a portable TV that I bought at Walgreens but for
reason it kept on latching to some FM station on channel 6. Finally, I
moved to the PCR1000 and things have been pretty smooth once I got the
antenna pointed in the right direction.

Here's another interesting and cheaper idea that I came across and I
am going to give it a try once I can spare the funds for another PC
and the tv card.

If you already have a PC that you can tinker around with using Linux
then this Flyvideo 3000 card costs just $65 or so.

Hope this helps,

- Siddhartha

On 6/25/07, Thomas Ashcraft <heliotown27 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Can anyone recommend radios for observing meteor scatter from tv carrier waves?  Specific models?  Antennas?
> I am in the process of setting up a forward scatter array and am being challenged by local FM radio congestion ( 88 MHz - 108 MHz) so am thinking now about tv carrier wave scatter.
> Also, I found a great web tool for finding possible vacant FM radio frequencies at your locale.
> http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/vacant
> I can see that this site is immediately helpful for finding nulls in the FM dial.
> Thanks.
> Thomas Ashcraft
> New Mexico
> ashcraft (at) heliotown.com
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