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


FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Tested with NOAA 19

Dave Mellor G4EWK tested his new FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Software Defined Radio by receiving the NOAA 19 weather satellite.

The FUNcube Dongle Pro+ LF/MF/HF/VHF/UHF 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.

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Assembled Amateur Radio 2m Filtered Pre-Amps Now Available

This is the completely assembled version of the 2m filtered preamplifier from G0MRF. The connectors supplied are a high quality PTFE insulated reduced flange Ntype for the connection to the antenna and a chassis mounted female BNC for the RF output to the receiver, this also carries the 5 V DC input from a FUNcube Dongle or the DC supply from an external bias tee or radio. *** LIMITED AVAILABILITY *** When they are gone, they are gone!

Read the Measurement Report here.

Buy the assembled 144 MHz pre-amp from the AMSAT-UK shop at

The pre-amp is also available in kit form, read the Construction Notes here.

Whistle-like signal in Amateur Radio 40m band

OZ9AEC has found a strange signal in the 7 MHz band using his AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle with an HF up-converter.

A strange whistle-like signal received on the 40 meter band using Gqrx software defined radio receiver and a Funcube Dongle equipped with a shortwave converter. The signal appears to be amplitude modulated with suppressed lower side band (just like UVB-76 ūüėČ ) Is it an ionosonde or a numbers station?

Watch Mystery whistle signal on 40 meter band

Gqrx Software Defined Receiver Software

How to receive and decode NOAA APT images with AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle and Gqrx

An HF Converter for FCD

You can join the FUNcube Yahoo Group at

FUNcube Dongle in Radiouser Magazine

Radiouser Magazine February 2012

Radiouser Magazine February 2012

The February issue of the UK magazine Radiouser features a 5 page article on the AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle (FCD) VHF/UHF Software Defined Radio written by Mike Richards G4WNC.

For the review amateur radio dealer Martin Lynch & Sons loaned a FCD to Mike who ended up buying one for himself!

Other articles in the February issue include Pat Carty’s ‘Military Matters’ column, DXTV and NDB DXing. In the ‘Sky High’ column Godfrey Manning¬†G4GLM highlights the problems that wind farms cause to Radar and questions the need for the extensive restrictions on UK airspace to be imposed during July and August.

Postal copies of Radiouser can be purchased direct from the publisher using a Debit or Credit card by ringing +44 (0)1202 659910 (Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 4.00pm) – the cost is the same because there is no postage to pay.

RadioUser magazine will be available from UK High Street newsagents such as WH Smith from January 26.

Radiouser magazine

Mike G4WNC also writes the Decode column and runs the DataModes Yahoo Group

The AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle SDR is available from
or Martin Lynch & Sons (ML&S)

FUNcube Yahoo Group

Weather Sat Picture Received With FUNcube Dongle

Herbert DL4SDR used an AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle VHF/UHF software defined radio

NOAA 15 Received With FUNcube Dongle

to receive a weather satellite picture in the 136-138 MHz band. On the FUNcube Yahoo Group he writes:

Today [August 19] ¬†I received ¬†a picture ¬†from NOAA 15 ¬†WX ¬†satellite with ¬†simple “stuff” FUNcube Dongle (FCD) ¬†and a VHF/UHF Ground Plane Antenna ¬†up 12 meters above¬† ground , 200 meters ¬†above ¬†sea level, 15 meter ¬†coax cable WITHOUT ¬†pre-amplifier !

Hardware:  FCDpro  with newest Firmware V18.i with PC  WinXP with onboard Graphics-Chip

Software: FCD-DF,  Doppler-DF,  SpectraVue, wxtoimage

Nice to ¬†see what’s possible ¬†with simple “stuff” ¬†:))

Regards from Germany

Herbert DL4SDR

In a follow up email he said he had also used a Ground Plane Antenna in the attic as well as one outside to receive the picture. He says he was surprised to get this good  quality.

The FUNcube Dongle was developed as part of the educational outreach for AMSAT-UK FUNcube satellite project. Although it was designed  to enable school students to receive the satellite beacon the wide frequency coverage of 64 Р1700MHz has meant that it can be used for many other applications.

The AMSAT-UK FUNcude Dongle SDR is sold by Martin Lynch & Sons (ML&S) at

FUNcube Yahoo Group