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Installation and Use
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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!
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