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Receiving the Chinese Yutu Moon Rover with the RTL-SDR

December 16, 2013 admin

Amateur radio hobbyist EB3FRN was able to use his RTL-SDR to receive the telemetry signal from the recently landed Chinese Yutu moon rover. The Yutu rover transmits at 8462.08000 MHz, which is outside of any RTL-SDRs frequency range, so he used a downconverter with a local oscillator at 8 GHz to convert the signal to 462 MHz.

For the software he used Baudline and rtl_fm as the receiver. He has posted a short audio clip of the received signal on his blog as well.

Chinese Yutu Moon Rover Received with RTL-SDR and Baudline
Chinese Yutu Moon Rover Received with RTL-SDR and Baudline

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