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NOAA APT decoder (WIP)
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ATPDEC README (Thierry Leconte F4DWV (c) 2004-2009) DESCRIPTION Atpdec is an open source program that decodes images transmitted by POES NOAA weather satellite series. These satellites transmit continuously, among other things, medium resolution images of the earth on 137Mhz. These transmissions could be easily received with an inexpensive antenna and dedicated receiver. Output from such a receiver, is an audio signal that could be recorded into a soundfile with any soundcard. Atpdec will convert these sounfiles into .png images. For each soundfile up to 6 images could be generated : 1. Raw image : contains the 2 transmitted channel images + telemetry and synchro pulses. 2. Calibrated channel A image 3. Calibrated channel B image 4. Temperature compensed I.R image 5. False color image Input soundfiles must be mono signal sampled at 11025 Hz. Atpdec use libsndfile to read soundfile, so any sound file format supported by libsndfile could be read.(Only tested with .wav file). COMPILATION Atpdec is written in plain standart C and must be very portable. It was only tested on Linux Fedora , but must work on any Unix platform. Just adapt the Makefile and type make (sorry no configure). atpdec use libsndfile, libpng and libm. snd.h and png.h header must be present on your system. If they are not on standard path, edit the include path in the Makefile. USAGE atpdec [options] soundfiles ... OPTIONS -i [r|a|b|c|t] Toggle raw (r) , channel A (a) , channel B (b) , false color (c) , or temperature (t) output. Default : "ac" -d directory Optional images destination directory. Default : soundfile directory. -s n Satellite number 15 to 19 Used for Temperature compensation. Default : NOAA-19 -c conf_file Use configuration file for false color generation. Default : Internal parameters. OUTPUT Generated image are in png format, 8bits greyscale for raw and channel A|B images, 24bits RVB for false color. Image names are soundfilename-x.png, where x is : -r for raw images -satellite instrument number (1,2,3A,3B,4,5) for channel A|B images -c for false colors. EXAMPLE atpdec -d image -i ac *.wav Will process all .wav files in the current directory, generate only channel A and false color images and put them in the image directory.