Reception diary

Date&Time Objectname Observing location
2023-01-17 16:47:00 SATCOM 51°52'49.5"N 4°29'25.9"E 2021-07-23 15:22:00 NOAA-18, SATCOM 43°09'47.6"N 16°41'45.6"E 2021-07-22 20:19:00 SATCOM, NOAA 43°09'47.6"N 16°41'45.6"E 2020-11-08 17:00:00 NOAA-19 51°53'12.8"N 4°26'54.9"E 2020-10-20 12:40:00 LES-5 51°56'26.9"N 4°30'38.7"E 2020-09-22 20:37:00 OV3-3 51°56'01.4"N 4°31'19.6"E 2020-09-22 14:30:00 FltSatCom F8 51°58'57.0"N 4°02'37.0"E 2019-06-09 10:56:00 MILSTAR 1 51°56'26.9"N 4°30'38.7"E 2019-05-25 22:15:00 TRANSIT 5B-5 51°56'15.487''N 4°31'31.121''E 2019-05-24 21:15:00 TRANSIT 5B-5 51°56'11.204''N 4°30'31.383''E 2019-03-19 15:00:00 Skynet 4E, SYNCOM 2 51°56'20.8"N 4°30'30".1E 2019-02-24 07:55:00 TRANSIT 5B-5 51°56'11.1"N 4°29'15.8"E 2019-01-26 17:00:00 TRANSIT 5B-5 51°5611.1N 4°2915.8E 2019-01-21 16:15:00 TRANSIT 5B-5 51°56'11.1"N 4°29'15.8"E 2019-01-20 17:45:00 TRANSIT 5B-5 51°56'11.1"N 4°29'15".8E 2018-12-26 17:00:00 TRANSIT 5B-5 48°46'41.8"N 15°49'08.3"E 2018-11-26 08:00:00 TRANSIT 5B-5 51°56'20.8"N 4°30'30.1"E 2018-11-11 18:15:00 LES-1 51°56'20.8"N 4°30'30.1"E 2018-10-13 19:30:00 LES-1 51°56'20.8"N 4°30'30.1"E 2018-10-06 19:30:00 LES-1 51°56'20.8"N 4°30'30.1"E 2018-09-28 19:15:00 LES-1 51°56'20.8"N 4°30'30.1"E 2018-09-15 12:00:00 Skynet 4E, SYNCOM 2 52°10'40.7"N 5°49'04.9"E 2018-05-20 11:00:00 unknown 51°56'09.0"N 4°29'47.6"E 2018-05-14 18:30:00 UFO F7 (USA 127) 51°56'09.0"N 4°29'47.6"E 2018-05-05 15:30:00 UFO F7 (USA 127) 51°56'09.0"N 4°29'47.6"E 2018-03-14 21:30:00 METEOR M2 NSSDC 51°56'09.0"N 4°29'47.6"E 2018-03-08 20:15:00 NOAA-19 NSSDC 51°56'09.0"N 4°29'47.6"E 2014-01-09 00:00:00 NOAA-15 51°55'06.3"N 4°28'29.0"E


A week after my first try, the satellite tracker expects an excellent flyby, following the border between Germany and The Netherlands. Shortly after sundown I go back to the lake, this time it is cloudy and there is light rain, so I set up inside a little hut on a children playground right next to last week’s location. Again I wait patiently pointing my antenna to the sky for the signal to appear. I cannot find the signal at first, there is an interference overlapping with the exact same frequency as the LES-1. As the satellite’s path reaches its peak, the signal softly appears on the waterfall, I adjust the filter and there it is, my first successful catch of a ghost satellite. As a result of the satellite’s peculiar motion the signal slowly fades in and out in a four-second cycle. As the LES-1 passes by, its signal slowly dies away and simultaneously pitches down due to the Doppler shift, therefore I have to constantly adjust the filter of the software defined radio.