The FUNcube Dongle Pro+: LF to L band software-defined radio

In stock! Click here to order.

Any mode, anywhere

No drivers required! Device drivers are already included in your operating system - Windows, Linux or Mac OSX, 32 or 64 bit.

* The guaranteed coverage of the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ is from 150kHz to 1.9GHz, and there is a gap in coverage between 240MHz and 420MHz.

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February 2014 update

Folks,

The New Year has been busy, we’ve had some large commercial orders as well as plenty of personal customers, many I am sure eager to try their hand at receiving the recently launched FUNcube satellite, as well as many other signals: remember the FUNcube Dongle Pro Plus is capable of receiving narrowband signals of any sort with the appropriate software from LF to 2GHz (full specifications here).

The inventory level remains good, you can order by following this link.

You don’t need big antennas to receive the FUNcube satellite, I’ve had success receiving the satellite with a simple rubber duck antenna. At home, I’m currently using an end-fed half wave mounted on the end of an 8m telescopic fibreglass fishing pole (with the ubiquitous duck tape, of course!) with good results, even with 20m of RG58 cable loss.

Using a half wave antenna means there’s no need for a ground plane. Similar results can be achieved with a 1/4 or 5/8 wave, but it will need a ground plane of some sort for optimum results. Of course, a simple dipole tuned for 145MHz will work. Whether you use horizontal or vertical polarisation is up to you: the satellite is rotating so inevitably you’ll experience some fades if you use linear polarised antennas such as those described.

What I have found is that having the antenna out in clear space helps a lot: these days there’s so much RF noise from all sorts of sources that having the antenna mounted outside, away from your computer equipment and home network (even plasma TVs and other domestic electronics can emit plenty of RF noise) is very beneficial in receiving the weaker signals from space. As a rule of thumb, if you plug in the antenna and see an increase of more than about 10dB of noise floor, consider moving you antenna. It’s just like astronomers being affected by light pollution, but in the radio spectrum.

Many thanks, Howard

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FUNcube Dongle Pro+: Now in stock!

Folks,

It’s been a very busy few weeks, what with the unbelievably successful FUNcube-1 satellite launch, the Christmas seasonal rush and some large commercial orders, but I’m delighted to let you know that the we’re back in stock! I just received a bumper batch from the manufacturer that are now on test.

Please follow this link to order.

Here are the last order dates for delivery by 24 December.

23 December 1100 UTC Continental US, Canada, North West Europe (eg, UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy)

20 December 1100 UTC Rest of Europe, Russia (eg, Spain, Finland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Portugal)

For South East Asia I need three working days, and Australasia typically needs four, so if you order from those areas I’m afraid it’s likely to be just after Christmas for delivery to those locations if you haven’t already ordered.

Many thanks, and of course, seasons’ greetings to you.

Howard

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FUNcube Dongle availability update

Folks

What with the phenomenal FUNcube-1 satellite launch success ten days ago(http://www.funcube.org.uk), Christmas orders and three large commercial orders all coming at once, demand for the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ is currently significantly higher than I anticipated.

Rest assured that if you are already on the waiting list, you will be invited to order well before Christmas. It you’d like to get on that waiting list, please register here.

Our last waitlist number to be invited to order was 3862, and there are currently 366 more people in the waiting list. When you receive an invitation to order, there are physical units in stock to ship immediately.

To give you an idea of the volumes we’re shipping right now, 173 units were shipped this morning. It was a busy weekend! As soon as the units come from the manufacturer, I test them and ship them, usually within a working day.

Thank you for your patience!

Howard

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FUNcube-1 Satellite Launch

Folks,

Today I’m off to Bletchley Park, home of the National Radio Centre, where I’ll be joining the FUNcube team are coordinating early operations for the FUNcube-1 satellite, due for launch on 21 November at 07:10:11Z.

I’ll be returning on Friday 22 November, so please feel free to place your interest in the FUNcube Dongle receiver here. Manufacturing is currently running at full speed, producing around 100 units/day, so you shouldn’t have to wait long for your order.

Many thanks, Howard

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FUNcube Dongle Pro+ inventory

Folks,

Over the past couple of weeks the demand for the FCD Pro+ has increased fairly dramatically, and in underestimating that demand I’m afraid we’re out of stock for the next week or two while we get the next batch finished.

Please feel free to register your interest here, and I’ll email you as soon as we have stock. I am still due a few more from the last batch from my board assembler over the next few days, so I’ll release these as they become available to those on the waiting list in order.

We don’t accept payment unless we have real stock on this website. However, retailers may not have the same policy, so I would suggest that you confirm stock level with your reseller to avoid disappointment.

Thank you for your patience!

Many thanks, Howard

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FUNcube Satellite launch expected November 2013

Folks

We’re expecting to launch in late November 2013! More details here… http://funcube.org.uk/

Currently we also have good stocks of the accompanying FUNcube Dongle Pro+ too, ordering information is here: http://www.funcubedongle.com/?page_id=1113

Many thanks, Howard

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Free shipping offer

Folks

I’ll be away for a few days next week (19 August to 23 August), so as there will be a short delay in dispatch, I’m currently offering free shipping until I return if you place an order before I return.

Make sure you check the “Free Shipping” check box when you checkout!

I will use the same shipping methods, ie FedEx International Priority for non-UK, and Royal Mail Special Delivery, just it’ll be free over that period.

Many thanks, Howard

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We’re in stock!

Folks

I’m pleased to announce that we have stock again! We had an increased demand from around mid-June which we’ve been playing catch-up with ever since.

Follow this link about ordering details, or if you’re in a real hurry here’s a direct link straight to the shopping cart.

In Western Europe and North America typically delivery is the following working day. Also if you order three or more, shipping is free.

Many thanks, Howard

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Email order invitations

Folks

I sent out emails to everyone on my waitlist just now, if you didn’t receive one, can I recommend that you add yourself onto the waitlist again, and I’ll send out a further email confirmation in the next 24 hours to new folks on the list.

If you would like to order, please add yourself to the waiting list here.

Many thanks, Howard

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FUNcube Dongle+ availability update

Folks

There’s been a very short delay, I’m now expecting to take assembled boards on either Monday (15 July) evening or Tuesday morning. I’ll be in a position to start despatching on either Tuesday (16 July)  or Wednesday.

I’ll be sending out emails to all those currently on the waiting list this weekend.

If you would like to order, please add yourself to the waiting list here, I will send you an email response when your unit is ready.

Thank you for your patience!

Many thanks, Howard

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