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Feb 02, 2024

Update 19 of 19

Radio Astronomy DIY Kit Livestream, ISS Repeater, and More

Watch a livestream on DIY weather satellite reception and radio astronomy, catch up with Hardware Happy Hour, check out this homemade ISS Repeater, and browse the Qorvo job board. Plus, get your CaribouLite.

Discovery Dish Success

Congrats to Qorvo RF Accelerator participating project, Discovery Dish, a system for weather satellite reception and hydrogen line radio astronomy, fully funded as of December 14, 2023! With over 300 backers, Discovery Dish reached 105% of their funding goal, and products are available for pre-order now.


In this episode of the Teardown Sessions, we spoke to Carl Laufer of KrankenRF Inc. They ran a Crowd Supply campaign for Discovery Dish, a system for weather and Inmarsat satellite reception, and hydrogen line radio astronomy for RTL-SDR users. The Discovery Dish aims to be the start of an ecosystem of hardware designed to get users set up with satellite reception, including a planned companion light-duty antenna rotator.

To amplify the weak signals transmitted by weather satellites, Discovery Dish incorporates the Qorvo QPL9547 high-linearity, ultra-low-noise amplifier in a small 2 x 2 mm surface-mount package.


Hardware Happy Hour

Qorvo RF Accelerator was proud to sponsor January’s Hardware Happy Hour in Portland, Oregon. This was the first HHH in 2024; we look forward to the many more to come this year! In addition to friends, food, and drink, there were interesting projects to share and fun goodies to give away:

We hope to see you at the next HHH!


Zeke Uses the ISS Repeater

Update from Zeke (a.k.a. KJ7NLL) making contact with the ISS:


CaribouLite Now in Stock

CaribouLite is now in stock! A fully open source dual-channel SDR Raspberry Pi HAT with a tuning range up to 6 GHz, CaribouLite was designed for makers, hackers, educators, and researchers. As a high-quality, affordable, standalone SDR building block for the Raspberry Pi SBC, it perfectly complements the current SDR ecosystem.


Qorvo Job Board

See open positions at Qorvo.


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