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[Discuss-gnuradio] SBRAC update

From: Marcus D. Leech
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] SBRAC update
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:57:17 -0400
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I don't usually post updates about our work at SBRAC on this list, mostly because progress at the observatory has been so very slow, owing to having
  zero budget to work with.

However, today, we achieved a significant milestone in our progress. The feed platform is in-place, with all the RF cabling connected, and brought down to ground level. We didn't have time to do any tests today, and I'm exhausted, having worked for 2.5 hours in the bucket of a "SkyLift" provided
  by the Ottawa Fire Department.

Here's a picture of the feed platform in-place, just before we got it wired up:


Next week, we'll be doing some preliminary testing, and maybe get some of our "science" computers in place. The receivers are a mixture of both RTLSDR devices, and USRPs. There'll be a USRP doing the pulsar work, and another one doing the precision hydrogen spectral work, and an assortment of RTLSDR devices doing radiometry, and the "rough" hydrogen spectral work.

We've been slowly "nibbling away" at this thing for several years, and it's gratifying to get to a point where you have obvious, visible, progress...

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