FUNcube in TX Factor TV show

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio

The second episode of the online TV show for amateurs, TX Factor, has been released and features the FUNcube-1 (AO-73) satellite and the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ (FCD) Software Defined Radio (SDR).

Decoding satellites

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

The TX Factor team were at Bletchley Park with the inventor of the FUNcube Dongle, Howard Long G6LVB – This is a Software Defined Radio (SDR) that’s designed to receive signals from the orbiting FUNCube satellite.

The video features a pass of the FUNcube satellite and how to decode the data.  The feature goes on to interview both Howard Long G6LVB and Graham Shirville G3VZV who discuss why and how the FUNCube Dongle was created, including a short piece with retailer Martin Lynch G4HKS.

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Bath Buildathon

2013 Bath Buildathon

A look at this annual event that gets people to pick up an iron and get building. The project is the RSGB Centenary Receiver kit, together with a Raspberry Pi – The construction counts towards Intermediate, and also makes for a nice PSK31 data receiver.

Nice to see Steve Hartley G0FUW talking about the event – Steve is well known for driving the UK amateur radio training activities, including the online Full licence distance learning course.

This year’s Buildathon took place on January 4

National Radio Centre

FUNcube-1 Launch Monitoring Station at the NRC Bletchley Park

Next up, a tour of the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. If you’ve not visited the RSGB’s flagship venue, join TX Factor on a tour. Nice bit of production as the presenter calls CQ – it never goes to plan when a camera’s rolling!

You can also check out our considerably more amateur production filmed at the National Radio Centre here:

Rig Review

The team also takes a look at the Yaesu FT-DX1200 at Martin Lynch and Sons.

Watch TX Factor – Episode 2 (TXF002)

TX Factor

National Radio Centre Bletchley Park


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Thanks to Essex Ham for this story