We are a small school in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, far enough away from the volcanic eruption to be safe. We have an aerospace class and club that is upgrading a satellite ground station.
We have: IC-705 Transceiver GPredict 50 Ohm System Computer with Windows 11 UHF & VHF Antennas (AMSAT combo) Yaesu Rotator Delta Fox Controller
We expect to be monitoring and perhaps contacting satellites in LEO via UHF and VHF.
We are looking for a recommendation for SDR. Previously, we have used the inexpensive RTL-SDR dongles, but with marginal success.
We feel that it is really necessary to have an SDR with SDR# compatibility. We may also need one that can transmit, not only receive. Our nominal price range is under $500.
We have been considering the following: Airspy R2 SDR SDRplay RSP1A HackRF 2021 PLUTO+ SDR AD9363 2T2R However, we would definitely consider any others.
We would be grateful for any advice for anecdotes from experienced operators.
Mahalo! Frederick Herrmann Makua Lani Christian Academy Kailua-Kona, Hawaii