Yesterday I built my first ground station. I scheduled a few observations.
The station is currently located indoors on floor 2 of a 5 floor brick building, and the antenna isn’t tuned, so I’m not expecting a lot from the observations. The plan is to tune the antenna and move the station to a mast on top of another building.
Is there something I should do to investigate, or should I just focus on getting the antenna tuned and mount the station at the new location? The location is remote, so I won’t have many opportunities to reconfigure it once it has been deployed (except doing software adjustments through ssh).
I could bring the station to a place nearby (with open view to the sky) for a pass or two. I would then power it using a USB powerpack and let it connect through my wireless hotspot. I’ll probably to wait until it is not raining though.