So I wanted to capture NOAA satellite images using a RTL-SDR. The list of things needed are pretty small, but I added some optional pieces because I’m having a really hard time getting decent signal. Here is a list of things you’ll need:
A RTL-SDR (the dongles start at like $15) or a different radio, like the HackRF
A computer (even a RaspberryPi, but I haven’t gone that route)
Software to capture the signal, like SDR# or SDRConsole or HDSDR
Software to decode the image from the raw signal, like WXtoIMG
A LNA (low noise amplifier) – optional
A FM trap – optional
I’ll add some updates when I actually get some good results.