Purchasing the primary components of Radio Telescope was always going to be the easier part of the project. Connecting them and getting them talking together is an all-together trickier task. Quickly it became apparent that we were dealing with different types of wire connectors.

An ampifer with an SMA type connector.

An amplifier with an SMA-type connector.

A filter with an N-type connector

A filter with an N-type connector

Research each of our various components on the source website – minicircuits – allowed us to identify these as SMA and N-type. Minicircuits also provide numerous adaptors changing between both SMA and N-type but also Male and Female ports over a varying degrees of length. Assembling all our components we determine that a small number of adaptors will be needed to complete the electronics layout in the optimum format (show below). In the event that this format is not the ideal arrangement, procurement team are sure to purchases extra items to allow flexibility in setup.

In addition to these adaptors, we have also learnt that the amplifiers themselves require a power source to operate.

Electronics setup. Placing a amplifier and filter at the base of the antenna, and a second pair at the receiver.

Electronics setup. Placing a amplifier and filter at the base of the antenna, and a second pair at the receiver.

Update: Electronic components were delivered in June!

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