The Radio JOVE 2.0 Radio Telescope Kit contains the following items: SDRplay model RSP1A radio, a dual-dipole radio antenna, cables and connectors, and Radio-Sky Spectrograph (RSS) computer software to display and record the data.
For your convenience we also offer the receiver and antenna as separate kits, should you not need both. In addition, the antenna can also be purchased fully assembled.
This SDR receiver, the accompanying Radio-Sky Spectrograph (RSS) software, and the radio antenna, are designed to operate over an 8 MHz wide range of frequencies centered on 20 MHz. This frequency range is optimum for detecting Jupiter decametric radio signals, and is excellent for detecting solar radio emissions, the galactic background from the Milky Way, and natural and artificial Earth-based radio emissions.
[ Note: We are often asked if it is possible to use one's own commercially made shortwave receiver for Radio JOVE. It is possible to use such receivers ONLY IF the receiver allows the user to disable the AGC circuit. AGC alters the background noise levels, which distorts the very thing you are trying to observe for Radio JOVE.]
In 1999, the Radio JOVE project designed a simple decametric radio telescope receiver and antenna kit. When completed, this system could receive Jupiter's natural radio emissions, radio emissions from solar storms, and the natural radio background of the Milky Way galaxy. Over 2500 of the RJ 1.1 radio telescope kits have been purchased by schools and amateur scientists world-wide.
Although the RJ 1.1 receivers have been discontinued, the Radio JOVE Project continues to support the hardware and software for these original Radio JOVE receivers.