This page describes the installation of gr-satellites on (K)Ubuntu version 19.04
$sudo apt-get install gnuradio --> will install version 184.108.40.206-4build1 plus dependencies
$sudo apt-get install gr-osmosdr --> will install the block to access a RTL-SDR stick
$sudo apt-get install xterm --> used by GNURadio
After installing the things above you should be able to start GNU Radio Companion from menu or command line.
$sudo apt-get install git --> will install git for cloning git repositories
$git clone https://github.com/daniestevez/gr-satellites.git --> the good stuff
$git clone https://github.com/daniestevez/libfec.git --> needed for gr-satellites
$sudo make install
$sudo apt-get install python-pip --> needed to install gr-satellites dependencies
$pip install construct --> installs this gr-satellites dependency
$pip install requests --> make sure it has the trailing 's'
$sudo apt-get install swig --> installs this gr-satellites dependency
$sudo apt-get install cmake --> if not installed already
$sudo make install
$./compile_hierarchical.sh --> blocks needed for certain gr-satellites flow graphs. Don't forget this step and be patient because it will take a while to complete.
Now you can start GNU Radio Companion and open a flow graph from the source directory of gr-satellites/apps folder. Compile and execute it.
After you execute a gr-satellites flow graph there should be a terminal window popping up. If there isn't then do either one of the following two options.
To change system wide:
$sudo nano grc.conf --> this will open the file with the nano editor
Append the line that says "xterm_executable =" with "/usr/bin/xterm"
To save and exit use: Ctrl-X, then Y, then Enter.
To change for the current user only:
$nano config.conf --> this will create the file and open it
In the newly created file make the following entry...
[grc] xterm_executable = /usr/bin/xterm
To save and exit: Ctrl-X, then Y, then Enter.
Final step: start GQRX, activate the UDP audio stream and start decoding telemetry.
Latest revision: Sept 23, 2019