[amsat-bb] funcube dongle

Alan wa4sca at gmail.com
Wed Feb 11 16:01:52 UTC 2015


The consequences at not going to be good, nor will repair be easy.  :)  I only took out one mode-S
converter, fortunately a cheap one, to convince myself that I needed to come up with a configuration
which would make it impossible for even the most ingenious idiot, ME, to do that in the heat of
battle.  On the rare times I use the FCD for satellite testing I have to manually move the antenna
from the main rig to the FCD which has so far been adequate.



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<From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of kb2m at arrl.net
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<Subject: [amsat-bb] funcube dongle
<Got my Funcube Dongle PRO + today and was wondering about the consequences
<of transmitting into it. No I haven't done it yet, but in the past with such
<devices you operate on a system that requires you tx on 2 banks alternately
<this will happen. How do I know this? In the AO-40 days I think I  replaced
<the front end in my 2.4 gig downconverter  at least 3 times. It wasn't so
<bad after the first time, after I ordered several replacement chips to fix
<the one I fried in the frontend of the Drake D/C. I see the Funcube is
<sealed so I must ask, has anyone had the misfortune to do this? Or does
<anyone have a protection scheme to share?
<73 Jeff kb2m
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