[amsat-bb] funcube dongle

Jim Sanford wb4gcs at wb4gcs.org
Thu Feb 12 23:40:59 UTC 2015

There is software available for the RaspberryPi which will let you 
extend USB as far as you can run Ethernet.  One USB port is free, more 
than that requires a license.

I have not tested it yet, but will use it to put a FCD connected to omni 
antennas on my tower as a monitor receiver.  The tower is 350' from the 

wb4gcs at amsat.org

On 2/11/2015 11:50 PM, Pavel Milanes Costa wrote:
> On the subject of using ethernet UTP CAT 5/6 cable for making USB 
> extenders...
> I have a kind if experience on that, you can reach about 15-20m runs 
> easily without losing connection to the usb dongle (even wifi dongles)
> If you want to go for sure, don't use more than 12m... from there on 
> is a challenge, I use on daily basis a run of 14m switching from 
> RTL-SDR and a WIFI dongle, as always your mileage may vary.
> The better way to cable the extender with UTP CAT 5/6 is this (my 
> experience):
> The UTP5/6 has 4 pairs of cable:
> - Use one pair (two wires) for the GND
> - Use one pair (two wires) for the +5V
> - Use one pair for the data transfer, one wire for D+ and the other 
> for D-
> If your dongle get disconnected or errant behavior use the free pair 
> to add one more wire to each GND and +5 volts lines. (more wires in 
> parallel = less resistance = less voltage drop)
> Put a little ferrite core (1 cm OD, 3mm H) at each end of the cable 
> (just a pass trough) plus a 10nF and 10uF at the far end from the 
> computer between the GND and +5V (10uF is electrolytic, watch out the 
> polarity)
> The ferrite will protect you a little from a nearby TX station (full 
> duplex?)
> With this setup I can run a wifi dongle at runs from 12, and some 
> times I put the RTL-SDR there too...
> Don't be tempted to put more uF on the far end 10uF is good, you can 
> kill your USB port by putting something in the order of 3300 uF or 
> more (Been there, done that, got my USB port killed)
> Don't use this extension cable on accessory USB ports, use only the 
> rear ports of your motherboard.
> You will lose some bandwidth, My RTL dongle runs easily 2.8 Mhz on the 
> PC and on the far end of the extension it only reach about 2.2 Mhz
> Things to note:
> - UTP cat 6 is better
> - Shielded UTP is even better, the shield must be connected only on 
> the PC side and not to the USB GND line, but to the PC chassis.
> - if not shielded cable, you may get a USB reset if you TX on HF with 
> high power, but 2m 50W don't seem to harm on my case (if you forgot 
> the ferrites you will be killed by 2m TX too)
> I hope this can help, 73 from CO7WT.
> El 11/02/15 a las 21:41, Stephan Greene escribió:
>> This approach would work well, I think for portable ops, too. Maybe 
>> without
>> extenders, just a long USB cable.  I think USB 2.0 is rated to 10-15 ft
>> without boosting the signal.
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