ProtoQube – PQ60 PocketQube Breakout board

ProtoQube, a PocketQube PQ60 breakout and prototyping board by Ozqube: The ProtoQube board is a full breakout of the PQ60 PocketQube standard connector, combined with a small .1″(2.54mm) pitch prototyping area. The 20 breakout contacts on each side are .05″ (1.27mm) pitch. The board itself is 42x42mm. This board doesn’t just have to be used […]

FUNcube dongle and satellite update

It’s been awhile since we’ve covered the FUNcube dongle, but their updated extended frequency coverage hardware and new software dashboard merits a new look. The FUNcube Dongle is an SDR device covering the 150kHz to 1.9GHz frequency range (with a gap in coverage between 240 MHz and 420 MHz). It retails online for around GBP125, […]

DCC 2011 – PhoneSat: sub $10k spacecraft

Mike Safyan is an amateur radio operator KJ6MVL who works at NASA. In this talk from the 2011 ARRL/TAPR DCC in Baltimore, Mike describes the PhoneSat project, whose goal is to produce a functioning satellite module for under $10,000. Picture a Nexus Android phone, Arduino and RF transmitter inside a 10cc standard flight-safe housing cube […]

DCC 2011: FUNCube project development

The FUNcube Dongle is a SDR receiver on a USB dongle which currently sells for $125 GPB. It uses the same E4000 tuner found in the $20 RTL-SDR dongle we’ve posted about previously. The developer is Howard Long, G6VLB, who chronicled the FUNCube’s development in the above video from the 2011 Digital Communications Conference hosted […]

ARISSat-1/KEDR test transmissions planned from ISS July 30-31

We know, we’ve been down this road before with the ARISSat-1, but this time they say it’ll work. Test transmissions from ARISSat-1/KEDR are scheduled to begin four days prior to deployment at 19:15 UTC on July 30 and then continue until 1430 UTC on July 31. The satellite will be connected to an external antenna […]

qrpTracker: Arduino satellite tracker

VE9QRP has developed qrpTracker, a satellite tracking program that works on the Arduino platform. Based on the Plan-13 algorithm of James Miller, it can provide real-time satellite location and azimuth / elevation data and doppler shift tuning for up to fifteen satellites using a single ATMega328. With a small additional EEPROM, dozens of satellites can […]

UPDATE: ARISSat-1 deployment delayed until July

UPDATE: According to information posted on the arissat.org website on February 13, 2011, the deployment of the ARISSAT-1 has been delayed until July, 2011. Project developers had originally announced that ARISSat-1 (f/k/a Suitsat-2), would be launched and transmitting by February 16, 2011! However, due to unforeseen problems, the actual deployment into space has been delayed […]