What Do I Need
to set up a SuperSID Monitor?
- Access to power
A SuperSID monitor, now being distributed by the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers,
plus instructions on how to install it (they come with the distribution)
- A PC with the following minimal specifications:
- For sites in North and South America, a High Definitino (HD) sound card that can record (sample) up to
96 kHz, or the ability to insert such a sound card (required for America only).
- For sites in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, an HD sound card is optional, since transmitters in those
areas transmit at a lower frequency. However, you can choose to install an HD sound card if you wish to receive even more
stations at higher frequencies.
- MS Windows operating system (Windows 2000 or more recnet0
- A CD reader
- Standard keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc.
- 1GHz CPU with 129 mb RAM
- Ethernet connection and internet browser (desirable, but only necessary for accessing contralized database)
- External speakers (desirable)
- An inexpensive antenna that you build yourself (see
SID Antenna (pdf))
- A location that is relatively free of electric interference;
could be indoors or out
- To check your monitor, it might be useful to have access
to information about when sunrise and sunset are for your
location. Sometimes the newspapers give these. Or, you
can use a sunrise sunset calculator or you can observe and
time them for yourself!