Set-Up Options

A. What Do I Need?

With the Radio Jove receiver, antenna, a 12-volt battery and a set of headphones you can hear Jupiter and the Sun.  However, you may want to go beyond this most basic set-up. An audio amplifier and loudspeaker ($15) will let several people listen in.  With the addition of a tape recorder (about $75) you can preserve the sounds of those extra-terrestrial radio noise bursts.  A computer running the free edition of Radio-SkyPipe software (available at http://radiojove.gsfc.nasa.gov/dal/software.htm or on the Jove CD) will let you generate an on-screen graph of received signal strength vs. time.  Running the Pro Edition of Radio-SkyPipe, available at http://radiosky.com/skypipeishere.html) for about $40, will let you generate on-screen graphs and also record audio .wav files on your computer.  With this scheme you might get by without a tape recorder, the only drawback is that .wav files require about 1 Mbyte for each minute of recording time.  None-the-less, if you have a computer with plenty of memory, and only record periods of burst activity, this may be a good solution.

 

So the question of “what do I need” has several answers – the best answer for you will depend on what resources are available and if you want to become involved with the more scientific aspects of the program.  Perhaps simply hearing Jupiter or the Sun is what you are after – if so then all you need is the Jove receiver and antenna (plus headphones and a battery).  However if you are a teacher trying to engage a class of science students in a serious project then a more advanced set-up will challenge your students to actually acquire and share data, engage in on-line discussions with other observers, and compare and analyze results.

 

B. What are my options?

As you can see there are several set-up options and enhancements to the basic Jove configuration. 

 

A.   One person listen  – this is the basic set-up and includes the receiver, antenna, 12 volt battery and headphones.

B.    Group listen – add an audio amplifier

C.   Record on tape – add a cassette tape recorder or VCR

D.   Generate a computer data record – run Radio-SkyPipe on a computer

E.    Computer data record and audio .WAV file – run Radio-SkyPipe Pro Edition

F.    Share Data with other observers – Radio-SkyPipe with an Internet connection

 

An advanced set-up could combine all of the capabilities listed above (A – F).