UK Academy’s radio club enters the space race

FUNcube-1 flight model - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

FUNcube-1 flight model – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

The Sleaford Standard newspaper reports that a school science club is turning pupils into amateur radio fans after they were given the technology to communicate with a satellite.

The group of students based at St George’s Academy in Ruskington have been gathering data from space since the FUNcube satellite was launched on November 21.

The club was started up in September by ICT technician and licensed radio operator Paul Dickson 2E0CUP [newspaper has wrong name] and they have been provided with an antenna and a computer attachment to receive the signals thanks to support from the Friends of St George’s Ruskington and sponsorship from an educational group called STELAR. They were only one of five schools sponsored by STELAR to have a FUNcube Dongle USB radio receiver.

Read the Sleaford Standard story
http://www.sleafordstandard.co.uk/news/business/business-news/academy-s-radio-club-enters-the-space-race-1-5732012

St George’s Academy – Aiming high to achieve excellence for all
http://www.st-georges-academy.org/

Schools Working With STELAR
http://www.rsgb.org.uk/youth/stelar/stelarschools.htm

Science and Technology through Educational links with Amateur Radio (STELAR)
http://www.stelar.info/

FUNcube Yahoo Group https://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

Download the Dashboard App to receive the FUNcube-1 telemetry and upload it to the Data Warehouse.

BBC TV visit FUNcube station at RSGB National Radio Centre
https://amsat-uk.org/2013/11/22/bbc-visit-funcube-station-at-rsgb-national-radio-centre/