I've always wanted to try to receive weather images from space, and this weekend decided to have a go.
Here's the result from NOAA 18, in polar orbit at 850km altitude, passing over my house:
I used Adam 9A4QV's blog post and article to construct a simple V-dipole, out of some 3.18mm aluminium "round bar" off ebay, and an electrical connection block. The feeder was RG213 coaxial cable I had lying around.
I taped it all to a plastic tube (the packaging for the rods), and fastened it with duct-tape to an aluminium pole, positioned on the patio in the back garden.
The receiver software, SDRuno on a Windows 10 laptop, was configured to output audio to a Virtual Audio Cable. Image decoding was done by wxtoimg, for which the main site is wxtoimgrestored.xyz, but I ran into difficulties with their download (the installed folder contained 2 text files, no program), and found an alternative source.
To find the current stallites I used the pass list shown in wxtoimg, and gm4vzy's weather satellite report to get the latest status and frequencies. I put the desired frequencies in the SDRuno memory panel and manually selected the next satelite due. Settings were WFM, 60K. Click to zoom in.
To see where the satellites are, I used the cross-platform Gpredict application:
and the on-line 3D CelesTrak Orbit Visualization:
Update: I had put the pole down, almost horizontally onto a chair at about 1m height, still pointing North, and it did just as well if not better! Here is NOAA 19:
This was fun! Next I might try making a QFH antenna.