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    I've been looking for some ways to get into radio astronomy, and I'm hoping some of you might be able to direct me a bit. I recently found this website which gives an extremely easy way to detect or "listen" to meteors with nothing more than an FM radio. It's a start, but I want more.

    I'm aware of NASA's Radio Jove kits. Do any of you have any experience with them?

    Is there anything radio astronomy related that I can do with a two-way radio like this: BaoFeng BF-F8+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz FM Ham Two-way Radio?

    I'm very interested in capturing the "sounds" of space.

    Any thoughts/ideas/advice would be much appreciated.


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    Do you live near a university with an astronomy department? They might well be prepared to offer you advice. Or where is the nearest amateur astronomy club?

    I've just noticed you live in California! You have so much on your doorstep.
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    Surely you have looked into the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers. Their annual meeting is in Palo Alto next March. I'm confident there are relevant contacts for you on their site.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Challenger-X2 View Post
    I've been looking for some ways to get into radio astronomy, and I'm hoping some of you might be able to direct me a bit. I recently found this website which gives an extremely easy way to detect or "listen" to meteors with nothing more than an FM radio. It's a start, but I want more.

    I'm aware of NASA's Radio Jove kits. Do any of you have any experience with them?

    Is there anything radio astronomy related that I can do with a two-way radio like this: BaoFeng BF-F8+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz FM Ham Two-way Radio?

    I'm very interested in capturing the "sounds" of space.

    Any thoughts/ideas/advice would be much appreciated.
    You might want to look up "Grote Reber" and his story. He's the father of radioastronomy (Karl Jansky, the grandfather, was ordered by his employer, Bell Labs, to stop work on it, so he disappears quickly from the story). Much of what he did can be replicated with little effort and at low cost using modern equipment. The Baofeng radio you referred to above actually has better specifications than the electronics available to Reber in his day. Construct a suitable antenna, and you can do quite-serious work in the field.

    I wish you the best in your endeavours!
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