This weekend’s detection: STEREO-A received on X-band using 1.2m offset dish:
I finally got around to building a 3.5-turn helical feed for the 1.2m offset dish to receive S-Band satellite and DSN signals. VSWR is quite OK (1.5:1 to 1.6:1) within the Near-Earth and Deep-Space S-band (2.2 to 2.3 GHz):
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DSP-F21 is a satellite of the US Air Force’s Defense Support Program (DSP) which operates the Satellite Early Warning System. The TLEs for this satellite (USA-159) are distributed by SpaceTrack. The satellite was launched in 2001 and is still used for missile launch detection. The satellite emits a constant carrier at 2237.5 MHz which sometimes becomes active with data during Early Warning and LEO SIGINT operations.