FUNcube Dongle SDR

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

The FUNcube Dongle was developed as part of AMSAT-UK’s FUNcube satellite project. It provides the “ground segment”,  a radio receiver designed to allow anyone to try their hand at reception of satellites like FUNcube anywhere on Earth as part of a global educational collaboration project collecting information from space.

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The FUNcube Dongle (FCD) Software Defined Radio (SDR) Yahoo group can be found here

Q. What is the frequency range?
A. The receiver range is now 150 kHz to 240 MHz and 420 MHz to 1.9 GHz. The first 20 units, all covered 150 kHz to 260 MHz and 410 MHz to 2.05 GHz.

Q. What can the FUNcube Dongle receive?
A. The FUNcube Dongle has no restriction on modulation schemes: it is limited
only by the application program running on the host computer. As long as the
signal fits within about an 192 kHz bandwidth, the FUNcube Dongle is capable of
receiving the radio signal. So, for analogue reception, as well as narrow band
FM and SSB, it is also possible to receive, for example, sound subcarriers for
TV broadcast. Similarly for data reception, as long as a data demodulator has
been written that will accept standard soundcard quadrature I/Q reception, that
will work too.

Q. What is the bandwidth?
A. 192 kHz is the quadrature sampling rate.

Q. What applications work with the FUNcube Dongle?
A. As well as the forthcoming FUNcube front end application, any application
that understands a standard stereo soundcard configured for quadrature, or I/Q,
reception should work. Examples include Linrad, Spectravue, Rocky and M0KGK.

Q. What is the sensitivity?
A. Each unit is tested for 0.15uV for 12dB SINAD NBFM at 145MHz and 435MHz.

Q. What operating systems are compatible?
A. Windows XP 32 bit, Vista , Windows 7 and Windows 8 have been tested.
The sound card element works with Mac OSX and Ubuntu 10.10 32 and 64 bit.

Q. Is the firmware upgradeable?
A. Yes, already the devices can have their firmware upgraded in a matter of a
few seconds by the user.

You can join the FCDProPlus Yahoo Group by following these steps:
• Send a blank email to fcdproplus-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk
• Yahoo will send you an email in response, you may need to check your SPAM folder
• Click on the link in the email, this will bring up a Yahoo page in your browser
• On the Yahoo page ignore the big Join link in the middle and click on the link at the bottom of the page instead, it says: “As an alternate option, you may join the mailing list instead.”
• You should then be a member of the group.

Some of the SDR decoding programs available include:
• SDR Sharp (SDR#) http://sdrsharp.com/
• SDR-Radio http://www.sdr-radio.com/
• HDSDR http://www.hdsdr.de/

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ LF/MF/HF/VHF/UHF Software Defined Radio Video
http://amsat-uk.org/2012/10/03/funcube-dongle-pro-plus-sdr-video/