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To track and receive some data from satellites, or should I say cubesats - which are kind of popular these days, which is the minimum investment? What's cheapest/easiest satellite to begin with? Besides a laptop which equipment do I need?

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    $\begingroup$ What did you find already? Did you have a look at projects like SatNOGS? $\endgroup$ – Juancho Nov 6 '15 at 12:54
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With as little as about £20 you can get going. For a starter you can try to listen to the CW beacons of cubesats like UKube-1. They are in good old morse code and usually transmitting in the 2m amateur band. I built the cheapest tracking yagi out of an old venetian blind and used an RTL-SDR dongle as the receiver. Here are two articles I wrote about the subject:
Tracking UKube-1
Low budget satellite tracking

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