Satellite Dish Pointing Apps Review

There are a plethora of smart phone apps these days to help you with dish pointing so I thought I’d review the ones I use on my iPhone.  I regularly use these apps and best of all they are free! The Satellite Locator app by Norsat for iPhone and Android smart phones works by overlaying the orbital […]

RPi B+ GPIO Pinout Information

Having recently been working with the Raspberry Pi B+ GPIO I thought it would be a good idea to publish a couple of tables of the GPIO pinouts for the RPi B+ as a reference guide. Standard RPi GPIO Pinout This first pinout for the RPi B+ is standard GPIO pins and power. Pin 1 […]

iDirect DVB-S2 CRC Errors

Types of iDirect CRC Errors Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) is an error-detecting code commonly used in DVB-S2 satellite carriers using iDirect equipment. There are two types of CRC errors; CRC8 – Header Only CRC32 – Full Frame The building block of the DVB carrier is the BaseBand Frame (BBFrame). CRC8 and CRC32 errors will provide […]

F Type Compression Connector Termination

F-type compression connectors are used extensively throughout the satellite (VSAT) industry and it is vital that when you are terminating a good connection is made. Here are some simple steps to guide you through the basics of preparing the coax and terminating it with an F-type connector, inspecting and possible issues you may have. Tools […]

Low Noise Block (LNB) Explained

The LNB wiki page has been updated and I’ve tried to explain what an LNB is, what it does and how it does it. Getting the correct Local Oscillator (LO) is vital for  your VSAT system receive so I’ve an example of how to select the correct LNB LO. You can read all about LNBs […]

Site Surveys for Satellite Installs

There are quite a few things to consider when surveying a site for a satellite installation and often this is left to a sales rep or inexperienced personnel. It’s important to remember that every site will be different and take plenty of photos. Take taken completing a full and comprehensive site survey will often save […]

Bitcoin Mining

Ever wondered what all the fuss is about mining Bitcoins? Well I decided to find out and have a go myself with my trusted Raspberry Pi. There are several things you need to know if you are thinking about Bitcoin Mining: You are not really ever going to make any money and you will never […]