In March 2020 I wrote a blog post showing how to calculate latitude and longitude at the centre point of a Maidenhead locator code using ASCII to decimal conversion chart and some basic maths.

I have just finished a PowerPoint presentation that take you through the steps of this calculation. You can find it at the bottom of the post by clicking here

I am in the process of doing a YouTube video to talk this process through too and will be uploading it very soon.

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Offset satellite dish for QO-100 Es’hail-2 project

In February 2020 my 1.5 metre prime satellite dish was destroyed by strong winds from storm Dennis. The dish was ripped from it’s mount overnight and I found it at the end of my garden bent and dented. Beyond repair I had no choice but to scrap it.

After a few weeks of searching I purchased a secondhand 1.5 metre x 1.7 metre offset dish.

This blog post contains pictures of the dish as it arrived. Soon I will be making modifications as part of my QO-100 Es’hail-2 project.

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MiniTiouner V2 Construction Project

MiniTiouner hardware was designed by Jean-Pierre F6DZP and is a DVB-S/S2 USB receiver that works with  MiniTioune software. It covers 143MHz to 2450MHz and was designed for use by Amateur Television (ATV) operators.

Like other amateur radio operators I want to use the MiniTiouner and software to receive transmissions from the Es’hail 2 QO-100 geostationary satellite.

I built my MiniTiouner (phase 1) in January 2019 but due to work commitments have just got round to using it.

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