PhD Student Receives FUNcube Dongle SDR

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

The University of Birmingham reports that Graham Kirkby, a PhD student in the Space Environment and Radio Engineering group, School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has won the prize for the best student presentation at the 2014 UK CubeSat Forum Workshop

The workshop was hosted by the Satellite Applications Catapult Centre and brought together 150 representatives from over 100 organisations in the UK and international CubeSat community.

Graham’s research focuses on the development of antennas for the Wideband Ionospheric CubeSat Sounder Experiment (WISCER). CubeSats are small satellites that conform to the CubeSat standard developed by CalPoly and Stanford University. WISCER is a 3U cubesat (10×10×30 cm) that aims to provide measurements of the wideband ionospheric radio channel as a precursor to future space radars.

The prize included a FUNcube Dongle Pro, kindly donated by AMSAT-UK. This is a small USB software defined radio that has been developed to allow communications with the FUNcube CubeSat.

Source: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/eece/news/UK-cubesat-forum-workshop.aspx

FUNcube Dongle SDR http://FUNcubeDongle.com/

Southampton University Wireless Society WebSDR

LitSat-1

LitSat-1

The Southampton University Wireless Society (SUWS) Web-based software defined radio (SDR) has been used to receive signals from the new amateur radio LitSat-1 satellite.

The Lithuanian satellite LitSat-1 was deployed from the ISS on February 28 and the builders of the satellite have been able to use the SUWS WebSDR to receive the satellite when it is out of the range of Lithuania.

Noel G8GTZ, Martin G8JNJ and Phil M0DNY from the Southampton University Wireless Society, set up the WebSDR near Basingstoke in the UK. It currently supports parts of the 10 GHz, 1296 MHz, 432 MHz and 144 MHz bands and can be listened to from anywhere in the world.

The link is: http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

The 434 MHz receive capability is very popular for listening to High Altitude Balloon (HAB) signals.

A couple of notes when using the WebSDR:

- If tracking balloons please set your location in dl-fldigi to somewhere around 51.294, -1.131 so we don’t have any fake receiver lines on the map!

- Connection to the site is over a several km wifi link, so once you’ve found the signal, please switch off your waterfall view (Set to ‘blind’) to save bandwidth for others.

- The waterfall speed will also be automatically limited as the number of users increases.

Darius Kybartas LY3DA says that when listening for LitSat-1 on the WebSDR receiver enter your call sign or name in the “Your name or callsign” box and select a frequency of 145850 kHz with FM modulation.

LitSat-1 is very close to the International Space Station (ISS) so you can get a rough idea of when it will be in range of the UK based SUWS WebSDR by looking at the predictions for the ISS on the N2YO tracking website http://www.n2yo.com/ (use 51.294 North, 1.131 West for the coordinates).

LitSat-1 http://amsat-uk.org/2014/02/26/litsat-1-with-linear-transponder/

FUNcube SDR Radio Telescope

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

Dr David Morgan has released a new paper “Further Developments of an SDR Radio Telescope” using the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ and SpectrumLab.

“Further Developments of an SDR Radio Telescope” details the equipment configuration and software involved in setting to work a small 3m diameter amateur radio telescope using the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ software defined radio receiver.

It demonstrates how Spectrum Lab can provide digital filtering to observe up to 20 individual sub-bands to help overcome interference issues.  David also provides details of gain and noise stability measurements for the FUNcube Dongle and observations of emissions from the quiet Sun and the Cygnus arm of the Milky Way.

This paper adds to the work that David has undertaken in the past and is interesting reading for anyone wanting to experiment with SDR solutions for amateur radio astronomy.

Paul Hyde G4CSD
BAA RAG Coordinator

Download the paper from http://www.britastro.org/radio/downloads/Further_Developments_SDR_Telescope.pdf

BAA RAG website http://www.britastro.org/radio/

Join the BAA RAG Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/baa-rag

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Yahoo Group http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/funcube-dongle-sdr/

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ SDR http://www.FUNcubeDongle.com/

SpectrumLab http://www.qsl.net/dl4yhf/spectra1.html

AMSAT-SM compares FUNcube Dongle Pro+ and RTL SDR’s

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

AMSAT-SM has published a comparison of the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ and the RTL TV dongle based software defined radio.

The FCD Pro+ costs about 10 times the price of the RTL TV Dongle. While the FCD Pro+ has a far wider frequency coverage enabling reception of LF, MF and HF are there any other differences ?

Read the AMSAT-SM comparison in Google English at http://tinyurl.com/FUNcubeDongle-RTL-Comparison

The FUNcube Dongle (FCD) Software Defined Radio (SDR) was originally developed for educational outreach as part of the ground segment for the FUNcube satellite. A proportion of the sales of the FCD goes to support AMSAT-UK’s FUNcube satellite.

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/

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ http://www.FUNcubeDongle.com/

RTL TV Dongle SDR http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/realtek-sdr-pc-dongle-for-under-20-pounds.html

FUNcube Dongle SDR – Free Shipping Offer

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

On the FUNcube Dongle Software Defined Radio site Howard G6LVB says:

I’ll be away for a few days next week (19 August to 23 August), so as there will be a short delay in dispatch, I’m currently offering free shipping until I return if you place an order before I return.

Make sure you check the “Free Shipping” check box when you checkout!

I will use the same shipping methods, ie FedEx International Priority for non-UK, and Royal Mail Special Delivery, just it’ll be free over that period.

Free shipping offer http://www.FUNcubeDongle.com/?p=1507

Ordering your FUNcube Dongle Pro+ http://www.FUNcubeDongle.com/?page_id=1113

The FUNcube Dongle (FCD) Software Defined Radio (SDR) was originally developed for educational outreach as part of the ground segment for the FUNcube satellite. A proportion of the sales of the FCD goes to support AMSAT-UK’s FUNcube satellite.

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/

Video – Amateur Radio FUNcube Satellites by Howard G6LVB

Flight and Engineering Models of FUNcube-1 with FUNcube-2 boards

Flight and Engineering Models of FUNcube-1 with FUNcube-2 boards

AMSAT-UK representative Howard Long, G6LVB, in his presentation at the AMSAT Forum at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention describes recent activities at AMSAT-UK.

FUNcube-1 flight model - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

FUNcube-1 flight model – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

FUNcube-1 and UKube-1 (which carries the FUNcube-2 boards) both have dual STEM education and ham radio missions, including SSB/CW linear transponders. Howard also touches on the FUNcube ground station for schools using the FUNcube Dongle Software Defined Radio (SDR) and preliminary plans for other satellites.

It is expected that FUNcube-1 wil be launched around November 2013 on a Dnepr rocket from from Dombarovsky near Yasny. UKube-1 with the FUNcube-2 boards currently plans to launch in the 3rd quarter of 2013 from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz-2.

Watch FUNcube Satellites, by Howard G6LVB – 2013 Dayton Hamvention

FUNcube Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FUNcube

FUNcube Dongle LF/MF/HF/VHF/UHF SDR http://www.FUNcubeDongle.com/

You can ring my bell! Adventures in sub-GHz RF land…

AMSAT-UK_FUNcubeDongle 640In this article Adam Laurie from London describes how he used his AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle VHF/UHF Software Defined Radio (SDR) to decode the signal from a 433.920 MHz doorbell.

Read the article at http://adamsblog.aperturelabs.com/2013/03/you-can-ring-my-bell-adventures-in-sub.html

Join the FUNcube Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FUNcube

Further information on the FUNcubeDongle Software Defined Radio is at http://www.FUNcubeDongle.com/

STRaND-1 received by radio amateur in Cuba using FUNcube Dongle SDR

Hector Martinez CO6CBF - 640

Hector Martinez CO6CBF

On the AMSAT bulletin board Hector Martinez, CO6CBF, reports receiving the smartphone satellite STRaND-1 using a FUNcube Dongle Software Defined Radio (SDR).

He posted:

On the 22:36 UTC pass both STRaND-1 and AAUSAT3 have been heard in Cienfuegos city (EL92sd). I was running a FUNcube Dongle with SDR-Radio V1.5 and a homebrew ARROW antenna with a homebrew preamplifier. The STRaND-1 beacon has a great signal (S9+).

Congratulations to the STRaND-1 and AAUSAT3 teams for the great job!

Information on the STRaND-1 smartphonecsatellite is at http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/strand-1/

Join the FUNcube Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FUNcube

Further information on the FUNcubeDongle Software Defined Radio is at http://www.FUNcubeDongle.com/

Review of FUNcube Dongle Pro+ in Radio User Magazine

Radio User December 2012

Mike Richards G4WNC was lucky enough to get serial number 0046 from the first batch of the AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle Pro+ LF/MF/HF/VHF/UHF Software Defined Radio.

He has written a four page review of the SDR that has just been published in the December issue of Radio User magazine on sale now from UK High Street newsagents such as W.H.Smith.

Postal copies of Radio User can be purchased using a Debit or Credit card by ringing +44 (0)1202 751611 Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 4.00pm.

The FUNcube Dongle Pro+ SDR was developed for educational outreach as part of the ground segment for the FUNcube satellite.

A proportion of the FCD-Pro+ sales goes to support the AMSAT-UK FUNcube satellite project.

Continue reading

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ SDR Presentation in Orlando

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Presentation at AMSAT Symposium in Orlando – Image Credit Mark Hammond N8MH

Howard Long G6LVB travelled to Orlando, Florida to give a presentation on Friday, October 26 about the AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle PRO+ software defined radio.

The video of a similar presentation Howard gave to the AMSAT-UK Colloquium can be seen via
http://www.uk.amsat.org/?page_id=10953

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ LF/MF/HF/VHF/UHF Software Defined Radio Video http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=10573

FUNcube Yahoo Group:- http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/Fcdproplus/