I am working yet again on another project that has been on my bucket list for a while. In the past years I have wanted to build a satellite receive setup to receive weather information from satellite feeds from the National Weather Service (NWS). Right now my restrictions are my budget. I have to find a job yet, but I figured I would start drafting out my plans to create an EMWIN Satellite Receiver using Software Defined Radio (SDR) to receive weather information.
EMWIN, also known as the Emergency Managers Weather Information Network, provides 24/7 feeds of important weather information for emergency management. The weather data, according to the National Weather Service, is provided in “almost real time.” More information about EMWIN can be found directly on the National Weather Service’s web site.
Right now my first step in the process is to gather the components I will need. So far I know I will need a Software Defined Radio (SDR) adapter and secondly a satellite dish to receive the information. I have been reading on the Internet, from several forums, that users found that certain outdoor WiFi dishes pumped through a Low Noise Amplifier work quite well with the EMWIN satellite data on a budget.
Right now I am looking at the TP-Link 2.4GHz 24 dBi WiFi dish from Amazon. You can find more information about the dish by clicking here.
Next would be choosing a Software Defined Radio (SDR) adapter. EMWIN and EMWIN-N broadcast both around the same frequencies of 1.6 GHz. Some SDR adapters such as the FunCube Dongle Pro + will accept this frequency within its range.
When I get a job and time to experiment you will be sure to know about it here and my journeys on receiving satellite-based weather information.