RTL-SDR + SDR Radio + Funcube Sat

Posted on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 in how-to, RF, SDR by the machinegeek

Amateur radio operator N4JTC has written a blog post about his experiences using the RTL-SDR dongle to receive the Funcube Satellite.

With the recent record number of cubesat launches this month most Amateur Radio enthusiasts been busy, myself included. There hasn’t been a better time to get into receiving these satellites. With the inexpensive hardware, free software, a ton of information and an active community it is “easy” and quite a thrill to get into this hobby.

I will focus on one satellite and one method of receiving and decoding in this post. There are so many ways to do this but I think this method is the least expensive and provides really good results.

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 at 6:20 am and is filed under how-to, RF, SDR. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

2 Responses to “RTL-SDR + SDR Radio + Funcube Sat”

  1. Jim B says:

    I caught a bit of the SDR fever when I saw how cheap some of these receivers are, but then I go and look at the website like the one linked to in this article and rather than being more stoked, I realize that this isn’t a casual hobby, and I don’t have the time to learn enough to actually do anything interesting.

  2. Jon says:

    I spent $40 on a SDR dongle, connectors, adapters, and coax about a year ago. Made a simple discone antenna for VHF. I played around with SDR# a bit. I can’t say I’ve done anything interesting with it yet, but once you have one, you can try out the cool things the hardcore people come up without spending more money. I also bought a Bus Pirate when all I needed was a TTL level USB serial port converter. I’m glad I did, because I’ve since used it to experiment with and use all kinds of I2C and SPI devices. It’s all much less expensive than a night out drinking, better for your health,and keeps your brain tuned up. Indulge yourself.

Leave a Reply

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

Recent Comments

  • Mikee: Whoo Hoo!
  • Peter: Howdy!
  • Kurt: It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
  • Max: Hey, good job quoting as an abstract something the author writes about someone else's project... For the record, I do appreciate the proper attention to...
  • imqqmi: Also interesting to note that arduino's use the DTR signal to reset the device. I found this out because repetier was able to do this...