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AMSAT-UK has confirmed they have a launch organised for FUNCUBE and expecting for the bird to fly in September 2012. More details soon.

Practical Wireless – FUNcube Dongle Article

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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. He must have been quick off the mark as they all sold out in under a minute of going on sale!

Since then David has been putting the FCD through its paces. His well-written PW article gives an overview of CubeSats and describes the results he obtained with his 1/4 wave 70cm Ground Plane antenna and the free WRplus software.

As usual PW is packed full of first class radio articles. In this issue Data Modes columist Mike Richards G4WNC deals with ALE, while Chris Lorek G4HCL, in his Emerging Technology column, shows how once again Amateur Radio work is proving its valuable worth to the emerging future of radio communications.

Practical Wireless magazine is on sale now from UK High Street newsagents such as W.H.Smith.

Postal copies can be purchased using a Debit or Credit card by ringing +44 (0)1202 659910 Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 4.00pm.

Yearly subscriptions to PW are available from

PW Publishing

Free WRplus SDR Software by Alberto di Bene I2PHD

You can join the FUNcube Yahoo Group at

Do you need a wideband masthead preamplifier for your Funcube dongle?

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John, G4BAO has a kit consisting of a PCB and all the components for the wideband amplifier project published in RadCom March 2010. These are still available although limited stock.

There is now a modification which can significantly reduce the noise flaw. Please see for more details.

Full kit prices are:

  • Wideband Amp Full kit £33.00
  • Bias Tee Full Kit (short PCB) £17.00
  • plus £2 postage and packing for UK.

Paypal to [email protected]. or cheques payable to “bravo alpha oscar” QTHR

Tin boxes can be purchased from Alan, G3NYK and are part numbers 1000101 and 1000102.