[amsat-bb] SDR radio

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Wed Jan 10 22:21:13 UTC 2018


There are some options that won't break the bank. I have used
the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ and the different SDRplay receivers
(RSP1 for a couple of years, RSP2, and now an RSP1A) for working
satellites. These are all decent receivers, and I use them
with the inexpensive 8- to 11-inch Windows tablets, so I have
access to more software than I would using an Android device.

The FUNcube Dongle Pro+ is available through its UK-based
manufacturer's web site http://www.funcubedongle.com/ . The
SDRplay receivers are sold in the US by HRO. The FUNcube
Dongle Pro+ can be used directly with the FoxTelem software
for AMSAT's Fox-1 satellites and the various AMSAT-UK
FUNcube satellites including AO-73, but the SDRplay receivers
can handle a larger bandwidth (up to 10 MHz) than the FUNcube
Dongle Pro+ (up to 192 kHz). I have been using the SDRplay
RSP1 for a couple of years, and have just picked up its
replacement RSP1A.

Good luck, and 73!

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On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 9:41 PM, radiomb <radiomb at bellsouth.net> wrote:

>   What is a good SDR radio? Does not have to be top dog. But
> would like one that works well. I plan to use it some for satellite
> communication but mainly for coping weather satellite images.  Thanks73
> Mike  K4MIA
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