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    Default FUNcube SDR Dongles available March 16

    FUNcube SDR Dongles available March 16

    A new batch of FUNcube VHF/UHF SDR Dongles, featured in the April issue of Practical Wireless magazine, will be available Wednesday, March 16, at 22:00 UT.

    The FUNcube Software Defined Radio (SDR) Dongle was developed as part of the AMSAT-UK FUNcube satellite project.

    Covering 64 - 1700MHz, it connects to the USB port of a PC. They cost about 125 and a proportion of the sales goes to support AMSAT-UK's FUNcube satellite. So far over 500 have been sold around the world.

    You need a verified PayPal account to order one and due to demand, the ordering window on previous batches has only lasted a minute, so set your watch accurately.

    The FUNcube SDR Dongle ordering page is at
    http://www.funcubedongle.com/?page_id=286

    You can join the FUNcube Yahoo Group at
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FUNcube/

    Practical Wireless - FUNcube Dongle Article
    http://www.southgatearc.org/news/mar...be_article.htm



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    Looks like another sellout!

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    I gave it a try and actually made it in before the stock ran out! I used up my Good Luck on this one. A very popular item.

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    Obvious question for them is what are they going to do regarding their ability to meet the demand !!!!

    73's


    MS

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    what's the deal with theses things? it looks like you just plug into the USB on your computer and you have instant SAT access. Their site also doesn't show the price in US dollars.
    "If it aint broke don't fix it. "If you can't fix it get a bigger hammer."

    73,Tom

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    Today's lot sold out in less than a minute! No luck this time. Hopefully next time I will make it :-(
    All those who have this already or will get one soon, please post your reports/experiences.

    73,
    Jalil KC2YYY

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    Quote Originally Posted by K9ASE View Post
    what's the deal with theses things? it looks like you just plug into the USB on your computer and you have instant SAT access. Their site also doesn't show the price in US dollars.
    FUNCube dongle is Software Defined Radio (SDR) receiver. Connect antenna to one end, plug in another end to USB port on your computer, download the software and you are all set to receive the entire band from 64MHz to 1,700MHz as the site mentions. The price is about $182 including shipping.

    73,
    Jalil KC2YYY

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    Third time's a charm! I finally got through on this batch. If I read the email from Howard correctly, it looks like I was the first order to get through. Talk about using up your allocation of luck... Looking forward to taking this little beauty for a spin! If there's interest, I'll post my findings at some point.

    As a side note: yes, I know it's a little frustrating trying to get one of these. Keep in mind, that Howard's not running a large commercial operation -- it's a small organization staffed with volunteers. And the devices are hand-assembled (if I understand correctly). So, just keep trying -- I was in front of my computer 10 minutes before, counting down to 2200 UTC. At the stroke of 2200 (based on WWV) I clicked the order button, then entered my PayPal info immediately and confirmed the order. I'm guessing Howard runs a tight ship and stays on schedule... So, thanks to Howard and the FunCube / AMSAT-UK gang! 73

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    N9PSE

    I was also SN 0001 when I ordered , however according to Howard in his e-mail ....

    "The 0001 means nothing other than it’s the item number of the FCD. Still, if it makes everyone else feel better, feel free to think that you were all the first!"

    I hope that is true, otherwise we will have a tug of war! :-)

    Frank/K1FJ

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    Yeah, I thought that might have been the case, but it was a nice thought, none-the-less... Doesn't matter to me whether I got the first one or the last -- I just finally got one. I've been busily downloading the software, today, and getting ready to operate when it arrives. 73!

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