The NOAA weather satellite telemetry has a very distinctive sound. Click HERE to listen to / download a sample of the NOAA telemetry, as recorded at my location.
There are many permutations of equipment that can be used for receiving weather satellites. I will describe my own, very modest, system, and give examples of alternatives that can be used if you have the inclination, time and money to invest.
For more information on the NOAA satellite programme, visit: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/
So my own setup for receiving these ‘birds’, as they are known is as follows:
Receiver: Funcube Dongle Pro plus or RTL R820T2 type dongle (widely available on the internet for just a few pounds) - there are two main types, the standard Mk1 version, or the enhanced and improved MK2 version. I have both and they both equally usable for this task. However, you may experience more interference issues as they do not have the same quality of filtering that is present on teh Funcube Pro+.
Antenna: 2 element ‘Turnstile’ mounted in my attic
Software: For Satellite imagery: WX2img (available from http://www.wxtoimg.com/ in both free and enhanced, “paid for”, versions - I use the free version); For signal capture etc: SDR Console V2 (http://v2.sdr-radio.com/). There are many other software packages about, such as SDR Sharp, HDSDR etc. but my preference is SDR Console. It supports my receivers, is highly configurable, runs on most systems (low CPU use) and is full of features.