Just a quick blog for showing how to hook up the NooElec Sawbird GOES Barebones for those of you trying to decode NOAA GOES satellites. Oddly enough I couldn’t find a data sheet or manual for it. And its a bit of a head scratcher if it is your first go-round with such items. So I’m here to make it easy.
Their webpage merely says this which gives you the info you need to hook it up:
Each module allows for 3 different power options, but you should only power with one option at any given time! The recommended power input through the SMA output port (for bias-tee capable SDRs like the NESDR SMArTee XTR) is 3V-5V DC.
Okay, that’s all we need to know. Input power goes in through the Output port………by golly that makes perfect f’n-ing sense.
NooElec GOES LNA (click photos to enlarge)
It’s that simple. Put the input voltage on the output end, and hook the other end to the antenna.
Hope this saves some head scratching time. Wish they’d add some simplified instructions like this for the $35 you spend.