Practical Wireless - FUNcube Dongle Article. The April edition of Practical Wireless magazine has a special treat for all satellite enthusiasts and VHF/UHF listeners - a two page article on the AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle radio.
The FUNcube Dongle (FCD) Software Defined Radio (SDR) was developed as part of the AMSAT-UK FUNcube satellite project. It plugs into the USB port of your PC and although little bigger than a memory stick covers the range 64 - 1700MHz (Note: external antenna required). The FCD costs about £125 and a proportion of the price goes to support AMSAT-UK's FUNcube satellite.
So far over 500 have been sold around the world. David Dix G8LZE bought his FCD in January from the second batch to be produced. Since then David has been putting the FCD through its paces. As usual PW is packed full of first class radio articles. Practical Wireless magazine is on sale now from UK High Street newsagents such as W.H.Smith. Yearly subscriptions to PW are available from PW Publishing. FUNcube. Order your FUNcube Dongle Pro. Folks, *** Currrently I am out of stock, although I am aware that Martin Lynch has inventory available: *** For UK customers only: please note that from today (30 April 2012) Royal Mail have increased the cost of Special Delivery from £5.45 to £5.90.
All other prices remain the same. *** During your purchase, you will be asked for a contact telephone number: this is solely for Fedex’s use in case they have difficulty in delivering. You don’t necessarily need a Paypal account to purchase, although we do use Paypal to administer the transaction. Please take time to check that your delivery address is correct in Paypal!
Please also check your delivery zone! Please note that Fedex will not ship to PO Boxes! You will be notified when you press the “Buy now” button if we’re out of stock. At the moment, the order page doesn’t allow you to enter a quantity of units should you wish to order more than one. There are now seven zones, please be careful to select the correct zone at the bottom of this post. Softrock Software Defined Radio Homepage (www.wb5rvz.com) Software Defined Radio This site is devoted to the area of Software Defined Radio (SDR), more specifically, the "Softrock" series of technology sampler kits and the GenesisRadio.Com SDR transceiver.
These kits are for working amateur radio HF receivers and transceivers. These kits have provided an economical, relatively risk-free, and exciting entry into the SDR tent. This site describes the kits and their availability and is intended to help newcomers who have absolutely no SDR experience ease into the topic with "Heathkit-Like" build instructions and easy-to-digest theory explanations. Frequently Asked Questions Bob KC4UAI maintains a very informative FAQ page in the files section of the Yahoo Softrock40 User group (you must be logged into that group to see the file). New WB5RVZ SDR FAQ page is being set up to capture issues that have been raised in the Softrock40 group (to compensate for the abysmally poor search capability in the Yahoo Group architecture). Softrock Kits - an Overview.