Published August 7, 2023 | Version v1
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Recording of the STEREO-A space weather beacon with the Allen Telescope Array

  • 1. SETI Institute


This dataset contains an IQ recording of the X-band 8443.5 MHz space weather beacon from STEREO-A, done with one of the antennas of the Allen Telescope Array. The recording was made as part of a demo for some GNU Radio tutorials for the Breakthrough Listen REU program.

The recording was done with the spacecraft at around 9 million km from Earth, so the SNR is very good. Only one linear polarization (X, or horizontal) was recorded, using antenna 4g from the array.

The hardware configuration was as follows: the antenna was connected to RFCB LO d, which was tuned to a frequency of 8443.54 MHz and used an output IF of 512 MHz. A USRP N321 digitized the X polarization. The USRP used an external 10 MHz reference and PPS coming from the observatory distribution system. The IQ sample rate of the USRP was 480 ksps, and a GNU Radio flowgraph was used to record IQ data to disk. The GNU Radio flowgraph stored the IQ data for each channel as 16-bin integers in the GNU Radio metatata file format, with detached headers.

After recording, the data was formatted using SigMF.


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