Order your FUNcube Dongle Pro

Folks,

*** Currrently I am out of stock, although I am aware that Martin Lynch has inventory available: http://www.hamradio.co.uk/sdr-software-defined-radio-amsat-uk/funcube/amsat-uk-funcube-dongle-pd-4094.php

*** For UK customers only: please note that from today (30 April 2012) Royal Mail have increased the cost of Special Delivery from £5.45 to £5.90. All other prices remain the same. ***


Select shipping zone first! (see below for your shipping zone)



During your purchase, you will be asked for a contact telephone number: this is solely for Fedex’s use in case they have difficulty in delivering.

You don’t necessarily need a Paypal account to purchase, although we do use Paypal to administer the transaction.

Please take time to check that your delivery address is correct in Paypal!

Please also check your delivery zone!

Please note that Fedex will not ship to PO Boxes!

You will be notified when you press the “Buy now” button if we’re out of stock.

At the moment, the order page doesn’t allow you to enter a quantity of units should you wish to order more than one. This was originally due to the demand far outstripping the supply a couple of months ago.

Now we’re pretty much continually able to maintain stock, I looked at adding a Quantity option, but it’s proving rather more fiddly to implement than I expected due to the way the Paypal button adds shipping charges.

The same applies to non-UK VAT registered companies: if you are registered for VAT within the EU, you’ll need to send me you company anf VAT details.

So, if you wish to order more than one unit, or you are registered for VAT in the European Union (not-UK) feel free to contact me at g6lvb ({at}) amsat.org and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice.

There are now seven zones, please be careful to select the correct zone at the bottom of this post.

 

To order your FUNcube Dongle Pro, select your delivery location zone appropriate for your Paypal verified delivery address, and then press the “Buy now” button.

Note for EC buyers: prices shown in the list box are exclusive of VAT.

Please note that the following changes have been made to the pricing since initial release:

o Postage updated to reflect the cost experienced with the first batch;
o For the UK/EC, VAT is now added to the postage in line with HMRC notice 700/24
o For UK/EC, please note that from 4 January 2011, VAT has increased to 20%.
o Change to shipping and zones for international time definite delivery.
o EC VAT now added within Paypal transaction.
o Price for Zone 2 updated with fuel surcharge that was missing from earlier calculations.
o Price for Zone 3 was charging £0.35 less than advertised in Paypal, updated.
o UK Special Delivery charge increased by 40p to £5.45 on 4 April 2011.
o UK Special Delivery charge increased (again!) by 45p to £5.90 on 30 April 2012.

 

Many thanks, Howard

 

Please select your shipping zone first!

Country Zone Shipping
AFGHANISTAN 7 £35.19
ALBANIA 6 £25.73
ALGERIA 6 £25.73
AMERICAN SAMOA 7 £35.19
ANDORRA 2 £13.16
ANGOLA 7 £35.19
ANGUILLA 7 £35.19
ANTIGUA 7 £35.19
ARGENTINA 7 £35.19
ARMENIA 7 £35.19
ARUBA 7 £35.19
AUSTRALIA 5 £23.53
AUSTRIA 2 £13.16
AZERBAIJAN 7 £35.19
BAHAMAS 7 £35.19
BAHRAIN 6 £25.73
BANGLADESH 6 £25.73
BARBADOS 7 £35.19
BELARUS 6 £25.73
BELGIUM 2 £13.16
BELIZE 7 £35.19
BENIN 7 £35.19
BERMUDA 7 £35.19
BHUTAN 6 £25.73
BOLIVIA 7 £35.19
BOSNIA 6 £25.73
BOTSWANA 7 £35.19
BRAZIL 7 £35.19
BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 7 £35.19
BRUNEI 6 £25.73
BULGARIA 3 £15.35
BURKINA FASO 7 £35.19
BURUNDI 7 £35.19
CAMBODIA 5 £23.53
CAMEROON 7 £35.19
CANADA 2 £13.16
CAPE VERDE 7 £35.19
CAYMAN ISLANDS 7 £35.19
CENT AFR REP 7 £35.19
CHAD 7 £35.19
CHILE 7 £35.19
CHINA 5 £23.53
COLOMBIA 7 £35.19
CONGO 7 £35.19
COOK ISLANDS 7 £35.19
COSTA RICA 7 £35.19
CROATIA 6 £25.73
CYPRUS 3 £15.35
CZECH REPUBLIC 3 £15.35
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DJIBOUTI 7 £35.19
DOMINICA 7 £35.19
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 7 £35.19
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ECUADOR 7 £35.19
EGYPT 6 £25.73
EL SALVADOR 7 £35.19
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ERITREA 7 £35.19
ESTONIA 3 £15.35
ETHIOPIA 7 £35.19
FAROE ISLANDS 2 £13.16
FIJI 7 £35.19
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FRENCH POLYNESIA 7 £35.19
GABON 7 £35.19
GAMBIA 7 £35.19
GEORGIA 7 £35.19
GERMANY 2 £13.16
GHANA 7 £35.19
GIBRALTAR 4 £20.55
GREECE 2 £13.16
GREENLAND 2 £13.16
GRENADA 7 £35.19
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GUAM 7 £35.19
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GUINEA 7 £35.19
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GUYANA 7 £35.19
HAITI 7 £35.19
HONDURAS 7 £35.19
HONG KONG 5 £23.53
HUNGARY 3 £15.35
ICELAND 4 £20.55
INDIA 6 £25.73
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IRAQ REPUBLIC 6 £25.73
IRELAND 2 £13.16
ISRAEL 6 £25.73
ITALY 2 £13.16
IVORY COAST 7 £35.19
JAMAICA 7 £35.19
JAPAN 5 £23.53
JORDAN 6 £25.73
KAZAKHSTAN 7 £35.19
KENYA 7 £35.19
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NIUE 7 £35.19
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ZAMBIA 7 £35.19
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799 Responses to Order your FUNcube Dongle Pro

  1. Rob Halverson says:

    It sure didn’t take a long time to sell out. Will there be more available later? If so, when should I check back on the website?

    Rob
    W7TBE

    • admin says:

      Hi Rob

      Thanks for your note. I start taking orders at 12:00 noon UTC on Sunday 19 December 2010.

      Howard

      • Rob Halverson says:

        Missed it by a couple of nanoseconds – need to get faster typing my PayPal password. I’ll stay tuned for the next production release. Congratulations of coming up with such a successful product!

    • Mark Charr says:

      Sold out by 22.01 – not happy and need to type quicker.

    • Helmuth Spieler says:

      Thanks for the prompt shipping of the FUNcube. I was supposed to receive it on March 13 and according to FedEx it arrived in Memphis, TN on time, but no further information was available. After exchanging information with FedEx I was notified today (9 days later) that the package never made it to US Customs and that FedEx has decided that it is a lost shipment. I was also told that only the sender can make the claim and get repaid. The tracking number is 793324753439. By the way, getting FedEx to find the problem took quite a bit of my time – initially on several tries I got the wrong answers on what to do. I hope it will work better for you.
      73,
      Helmuth, W6KDX

      • admin says:

        Hello Helmuth

        Firstly I am so sorry for the lost shipment.

        Secondly, I have sent a replacement right away, and I have emailed you the tracking number.

        It will be picked up at 6am Friday UK time (in about 6 1/2 hours), I expect it to be with you on Monday.

        Again, I apologise for the inconvenience.

        Many thanks, Howard

  2. Hunz says:

    As I finally cancelled my paypal account due to the wikileaks issue: Is there any chance to pay for later batches via something other than paypal? Otherwiese no FCD for me I guess :-\

    • admin says:

      Thanks for your note. Much as I personally dislike Paypal myself for all manner of reasons particularly as a seller, realistically they are the only game in town for this type of transaction I’m afraid. My only other option is to try to accept payments from all sorts of different sources such as Google checkout or direct bank transfer, but then we have to spend hours manually monitoring inventory and choosing who paid before who when we could be making FUNcube Dongles. I hope that this makes sense.

      Many thanks, Howard

  3. Mike says:

    Typical! I have to be away on Sunday at 12:00 – driving to Godalming. When is the second batch scheduled?

    • admin says:

      Hi Mike

      There is another big batch due to be ready mid January, however it is very likely that I will have some more before then, especially as I have next week off from doing my real job.

      Howard

  4. alejo says:

    There are options like MoneyBookers to avoid your cool project supporting PayPal, that truly doesn’t deserve to be consider a trust worthy company. Im with Hunz, is important we take steps even this little to try to stop the rampage funded on silence or lack of compromise and yes, this might sound OT but it _can’t_ be when things are so tightly connected in todays world.

    • admin says:

      As you may know if you’ve been following the blog, I had already spent a _lot_ of time investigating payment options before the recent Wikileaks concerns. It took three weeks from beginning to end to set the Paypal merchant account up and be fully functional (ie, I can withdraw funds to make more Dongles without Paypal limits). From my investigations, I don’t see it’ll be any different with MoneyBookers.

      As I have already explained several times I do not like Paypal from a seller’s perspective, but it is easy for buyers. Like it or not, it is by far the most popular online payment mechanism. The timing of the Wikileaks/Paypal issue is unfortunate.

      Howard

      • Mike says:

        I would not blame Paypal too much for caving in over Wikileaks. With the full might of the US democratic process bearing down on you, “comply or die” tends to take priority.

        There might be an argument for AMSAT not allowing dongles to enter the US due to ITAR.

  5. Ronen says:

    What is Israel considered ?
    Europe ? outside europe ?
    Thanks Forward
    Ronen – 4Z4ZQ
    http://www.ronen.org

    • admin says:

      Hi Ronan.

      Israel is outside the EC for tax purposes. The difference is that within the European Community I have to charge VAT, outside I don’t.

      Many thanks, Howard

  6. admin says:

    Ready folks?

  7. KF5HDS says:

    We’re sorry, the following item(s) isn’t available at this time: !!! :-(

    • admin says:

      Very sorry, but unbelievebaly my entire stock went in 1 minute 8 seconds. I’ll be concentrating in getting these out tomorrow, but I will have some more later on this week.

      Apologies again, Howard

  8. M1dst says:

    Doh!

    Sold out in 60s. I can’t believe it. Have to wait till next time now.

  9. Mark N8MH says:

    Worked perfectly, lucky me….I got one…thanks Howard!

    • admin says:

      You were fifteenth!

      • Mark N8MH says:

        Ha! I was watching the clock carefully..I waited until about 2 secs after to click the button. Unreal how popular these are and will become, Howard. Thanks for the tremendous efforts on your part to bring this to fruition! My hope is for a successful deployment of ARISSat-1 so that I can use the Dongle in my wife’s 4th grade class to teach them about satellites and space. Now back to bed ;)

  10. Jeremy says:

    Holy smoke! 3 mins after the time and sold out? How many did you sell…5? lol

    How soon until the next batch is made available?

  11. Kikumaro Taya says:

    I make ordering FUNcube Dongle Pro One kit

  12. david robinson says:

    “sold out” received at 12:01:27 GMT. Says it all!

  13. We’re sorry, the following item(s) isn’t available at this time: !!!

    How many for sale ?, only one? HI, HI, HI… we have to wait a little more…

  14. Shankar says:

    No luck ! When will be the next release
    -Shankar VU2SWG

    • vk3apg says:

      woo hoo..well one is on its way to Australia..made it through at 1200.24seconds zulu. looking forward to putting it through its paces.

  15. Sigint says:

    No luck this time. :-(
    I get up early for nothing. :-)
    Suc6 with the next round.

  16. Ian Tickle says:

    I reckon you could sell thousands of these at this rate! I hope your board manufacture is able to scale up production quickly. I tried buying at 12:00 and no luck. It will be interesting to see where the sales went to – I hope as Paypal are handling the payment that one country isn’t favoured over others!

    Regards, Ian G4ZJH.

  17. Bruce N1RX says:

    Managed to be here on time, and snagged one. I knew they would sell fast. Now get back to work building more! Just kidding- thanks for all your efforts on this and congratulations on the resounding response. Bruce Beford, N1RX

  18. Frank PH2M says:

    Hello all,

    I hit the button “Buy Now” at exactly 12:00 UTC, finished the payment and got the confirmation.
    Looks I have something to do for the new year and have to update my keplersets in my autotracking system again Hi Hi

    73 and hope to hear you all soon, Frank PH2M

  19. Norman Kenyon G4AYU says:

    I managed to get one just on 12:00…The Paypal account says Item No. 0001 Wonder if this means I was first in the queue!

    • admin says:

      Yes, you were first, at 12:00:21. You are rewarded with serial #100 (those under 100 are pre production and prototype units).

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

      Howard

  20. Andy says:

    I think mine went through ok, can you confirm, I was a couple of seconds past 12, got a payment receipt timed at 35 seconds past but hit the pay button twice in the panic, payment was from a different email account than my email here but same name.

    • Frank PH2M says:

      Yes it would be nice when Howard would give a update of the sold FunCube Dongles, but I think he is busy with packing the envelopes Hi Hi

      73, Merry Christmas and a Satellite QSO-full 2011

      Frank PH2M / JO22HC (Amsat-DL #2225)

  21. admin says:

    Folks

    If you payment went through, then you are due a Dongle.

    Howard

  22. Oscar DJ0MY says:

    I also hit the order button around 2-3 seconds past 12:00 UTC…the full order process (including Paypal log-in procedure and confirmation within Paypal system) took me around additional 40-45 seconds….

    Glad to be among one of the first batch “beta-testers” so to speak…

    Thanks Howard for all your great efforts.

    73 de Oscar DJ0MY

  23. VE7DUI says:

    when is your next production run?

    • admin says:

      Hopefully some more this week… assuming I don’t have to spend another three days co-ordinating my life around non-existent snowed in flights.

      Howard

  24. Sure wish says:

    Wish the people that asked to get notified were actually notified…..

    • admin says:

      Thanks for your note. There has never been any personal notification procedure I’m afraid. It has always been the case that any ordering or distribution details would be announced on this blog, and that’s what happened.

      Howard

      • philipp says:

        You’re right, everyone is able to subscribe to the rss-feed; even with mailclients like thunderbird.

        Thanks for your work!

  25. admin says:

    Folks

    All those FCDs ordered with cleared funds (there was one echeque, everything else was instant) are now in the post. I have used Special Delivery to the UK/IOM, Airsure to everywhere else that will accept it and International Signed for everywhere else.

    Leader board
    1 US
    2= UK
    2= Germany
    4 Netherlands
    5= Isle of Man
    5= Australia
    5= Canada
    8= New Zealand
    8= Italy
    8= Slavakia
    8= Slovinia
    8= Spain

    Howard

    • David Barber says:

      Were you able to analyse the interest outside those that were successful I wonder?

      Only two from the UK of which I’m one (if PayPal has it right!) seems a bit of a sad indication of interest or were us Brits just lazy with the go button!

      BTW, is the antenna input DC blocked?

      Thanks. Happy Christmas – Ding Dongle Merrily on High. :-)

      David

      • admin says:

        David

        Thanks for your note.

        Sorry, this is a Top 10 type rundown. The US has the highest density of FCDs… In fact even before I started selling them, they were equal to the UK (other than the eight test versions I still have).

        I can tell you that other than mine, there are ten UK FCDs out there now, most of which went out today as sales.

        DC Blocked?… a very, very poignant question!

        There is a back/back BAV99 ESD diode right on the SMA input, so don’t even think about churning in 10V. What’s really interesting about this is that while I was doing the HPF rework on all the boards this morning, I was wondering on whether I should just present an inductor to ground. I chose against it. It is still capacitively coupled although it makes the HPF rework more difficult. My thoughts were that if there’s a slight DC offset ground loop, the inductor might fry but the diode would be quite happy.

        So the answer’s, yes, it is DC blocked, but still be aware of the ESD diodes.

        Howard

        • admin says:

          A day in the life…

          Last night I was up until 02:30 swearing at Paypal to make it print out all the mailing stuff and print the postage. It’s sooo slow!

          Then this morning I awoke early and reworked the HPF onto _all_ of the boards, then retested _all_ of them again. That took me until 11:30.

          Then I packed them all, labelled the Jiffy bags, with the online Post Office Generated Labels I made last night, and that took me to 15:30. They all went into a big black bin liner which I walked down to the Post Office… where they proceed to _rekey_ everything I did last night. For no apparent reason other than their systems are useless. What is the point of that bar code thing they print on the label? :-(

          Meantime I spent an hour at the same counter looking increasingly uncomfortable during the Christmas postal rush.

          Howard

        • Bill says:

          Howard,

          I don’t want to be argumentative, but ESD diodes are a shunting function. Your description of the ESD diodes is not what the term “DC BLOCK” means.

          ESD shunting diodes would be typically handling very short duration spikes within the pulse capability of the selected diodes. While certainly worth having they do not block DC.

          “DC BLOCK” means that any value of DC voltage could be applied to the antenna connection up to that value that would cause a failure of the “DC BLOCKING” device, most typically a capacitor. So if the capacitor had a 50 volt rating, then that would be the maximum limit.

          Just my point of view,

          73….Bill….WB6BNQ

          • admin says:

            Hi Bill

            I probably didn’t explain very well. The input is ESD diode followed by a 1nF AC coupling (or DC blocking if you like) cap followed by the HPF followed by the LNA.

            Howard.

    • Frank PH2M says:

      Hello Howard.

      What does these numbers mean?
      The amount of buyers, only 2 from the UK seems not a lot…
      Could you tell me my serial-number?

      Best regards, Frank PH2M

      • admin says:

        Frank

        You are #111.

        Howard

        • Frank PH2M says:

          Hello Howard,

          Despite problems with air traffic in (western)Europe, my serial 111 FUNcube Dongle arrived well packed and in good shape today (3 days is very fast for UK NLD postage!!!).
          The little program “Windows full-on front end” form the download area seems to work, now I’am just looking for the correct set-up for SpectraVue and other usable programs.

          Thanks for the superfast delivery of my “order”, 73 de Frank PH2M

  26. Bruce N1RX says:

    I guess I was the only one in the US to make it? I guess it pays to get up early. 8-)

    • admin says:

      This is a Billboard 100, not the number of dongles. The no.1 destination for the FCD is the US, so there were a lot of people over there wanting to get up early…

      Clearly based on per capita, the Isle of Man is a hot bed of SDR ;-)

      Howard

      • Mark Hammond N8MH says:

        Okay, I get it now–US was the numer one country for purchases. :) Not bad for 7:00am on a Sunday morning! Now if the SNOW will leave London so our dongles can get on a plane…I expect we’ll be seeing some delays (weather and customs, etc.). Thanks Howard for getting them out so fast!!!

      • Bruce N1RX says:

        Of course! That makes much more sense now… ;-)

  27. lemmy says:

    I`m looking forward for the dongle i`m 1 of 4 in the netherlands Thanks.

  28. Mark N8MH says:

    Howard, Is there going to be a software repository for updated code, firmware, etc.? If so, is it “live” yet?

    • Mark N8MH says:

      OK, I’m a knucklehead :) Found the DOWNLOAD tab! I don’t remember seeing that before…hi hi. Please ignore my silly question.

      • admin says:

        I only put it up yesterday. I was hoping to have a new firmware release ready but I’m holding back as the current one is so very stable, although it doesn’t set the gains and filters correctly on device insertion.

        The fully-featured front end program sets almost all the settings correctly when you press the “Defaults” button. There is an LNA LPF that’s not set quite right in VHF but it doesn’t stop you using the FCD, but it means its out of band strong signal handling on VHF isn’t what I’d like. You may well find a hardware BPF might help if you encounter a raised noise floor. I found the bug in the firmware a few days ago and have started reworking that along with a dozen other things into the firmware.

        One other thing to note, possibly obvious, try to site the antenna away from your computer!

        Howard

  29. Christian says:

    Hello. I´m also interested in purchasing one FCD Pro. When will be available again?

    My project: Netbook + Funcube Dongle Pro + Arrow antenna. For receiving satellite telemetry and ISS APRS I-Gate.

    73, Christian EA4EUN

  30. Matty MD0MAN says:

    I was one of the ‘lucky’ ones from the Isle of Man :)

    Logged into paypal before 12:00, so could click the buy link and not have to log in..

    Thanks for all your work Howard, I’m really looking forward to playing with this.

    I have an almost completed set of rotators for az & el tracking, (LVB firmware of course :) ) that I am hoping to get mounted over the holidays – will be very interesting to see what can be done with this and the Dongle.

    Festive greetings to one and all.

    73′s

  31. vk3apg says:

    looking forward to getting my dongle down here in Australia. Hopefully the planes start to leave soon..looks like might new year project by the time it gets here to commission it. Wonder how many others in VK are getting one..will have to share experiences via Yahoo funcubedongle group.

    Paul – VK3APG

  32. Mark N8MH says:

    Hi Howard,
    I hate to ask, but I’ve searched and can’t see any kind of tracking number for my shipment. Is there a tracking number provided with your method of shipment? If not, no worries…it’s rather like waiting on Santa :)

  33. Matty MD0MAN says:

    Hoped I would find a card in the post today to say the postie had tried to deliver whilst I was at work :(

    No joy as yet, it usually takes a couple of days for ‘Next Day’ from the UK, however the airports in the UK are having a hard time of it and it is still very icy and cold here on the IOM.

    Have got hold of an SMA to N connector today, so at least I can work on something for connecting some antennas to play with.

    Fingers crossed for tomorrow :)

  34. Brian KD4WAV says:

    Any Chance that the next sale goes off earlier or later. GMT -8 is really tough. The sale went off at 4am my time, seems I fell a asleep and missed out…

    • admin says:

      Hello Brian

      I guess whenever I do it someone will miss out.

      The time was chosen mostly because I was in a position to be able to know I could pack, label and post the batch. I can bring it earlier on in the weekend but if I make it any later it means I don’t have enough time to do the P&P chores.

      Howard

  35. RD3BCH says:

    You can send the FUNcube Dongle to Russia?

  36. Paul G8GJA says:

    I knew that it was coming out ‘about now’ but didn’t expect it so soon (or to go so quickly….). Bother! I’ll keep a closer eye out for the next batch.

  37. Ian G7PHD says:

    Any idea when the next batch will be and how many will be available?

    Thanks,

    Ian, G7PHD.

    • admin says:

      Hi Ian

      I am timesharing between making new boards and doing some firmware updates at the moment. I am hoping to have some more ready this week, so probably Sunday will be the day to look out for.

      Failing that, I have a big batch coming in in January from a new manufacturer. Assuming they are OK (fingers crossed!), certainly look out for the second week in January.

      Howard

  38. Ian G7PHD says:

    That’s very helpful – though I suspect you will be oversubscribed for sometime!

    Ian, G7PHD.

  39. Mark N8MH says:

    It’s here! Can’t believe it already made it to the US, given the holidays and horrible weather at both the UK and the US!! Waiting for it to warm up before I plug it in, since it’s been in the ice cold mailbox all day :) Thanks, Howard.

    • admin says:

      No worries, glad they are finally making it stateside.

      I just spent my entire day making dongles. I am on a role – I am building and testing at the rate of ten each day. Trouble is by the time you finish there’s not much you want to do other than veg in front of the TV!

      Howard

      • Mark N8MH says:

        Well, we all appreciate your extra effort!! As I sent in the Yahoo group, I have it printing APRS traffic via Spectravue, Virtual Audio Cable, and MixW3 :) Neat!

        • admin says:

          Not so good today, I finally finished another ten today. All except one worked first time. The PCBs are meant to have been through an electrical test, but I found a tiny short where some copper hadn’t dissolved across a supply. Took me two hours to find :-( In the process I lifted two of the QFNs suspecting shorts underneath the chips.

          Howard

          • Alan WA4SCA says:

            There was one project several years ago, possible from TAPR, in which there was a similar problem with Vcc being shorted to ground through a tiny whisker on the PCB. They discovered it in testing, and rather than go back to the manufacturer, they used a battery to blow the connection. Worked fine.

            Doing calisthenics on my order clicking finger for Sunday.

            Alan
            WA4SCA

  40. Rob says:

    Lets hope this manufacturer don’t leave it to the last min to say they can’t do them.
    Will they be loading firmware,electrical testing etc. or is that down to you?

    best of luck..

    Rob

    • admin says:

      Well they have been asking some sensible questions over the past couple of weeks. They have tried to suggest substituting in some parts that really shouldn’t be, for example the SMA connector, which needs to be of certain dimensions or it won’t fit the PCB lands or will not project far enough out of the case to allow you to fully screw on the plug. I sent them a very specific technical drawaing highlighting the essential measurements.

      There was another problem with some inductors they were trying to change too.

      It makes me wonder what the purpose of going to all the trouble of producing a detailed BoM with distrbutor inventory numbers is, which they quote on, and then go and substitute!

      Loading firmware and testing is down to me. It is likely in a future batch that I’ll be sending factory pre-programmed PICs which will allow them to do electrical tests. I received some pre-programmed samples a few weeks ago that tested perfectly. It doesn’t save an awful lot of time in programming as programming only takes a few seconds, but it will save time if they can do at least some functional testing.

      Howard

  41. Julian G4ILO says:

    Any chance of an option to pre-order from the next batch so we can avoid the VAT increase? I know it’s only £2.50 or so but I hate giving the government any more of my money than necessary.

    • admin says:

      Hi Julian

      I feel your pain. The problem I have is that to co-ordinate separate lists or an ordering hierarchy is a substantial overhead for me when I could be making Dongles. I felt that the fairest way without taking money up front was to announce the availability ahead of time and “open the shop” at an advertised time.

      I did consider taking money up front, but I felt that this would make the managing of expectations difficult, especially in view of the recent manufacturing problem I encountered, not to mention I am sure that some wouldn’t want to leave their hard earned cash sitting in someone else’s account.

      The VAT thing isn’t great I agree, I can only apologise.

      Howard

  42. John VK4JWT says:

    Hi Howard,
    Do you think the dongle would work ok for NOAA weather satellite reception? My wife is going to get me one on for my birthday which just happens to be on Sunday the 2nd Jan! (Hope my typing is fast enough)
    Cheers

    John de VK4JWT

    • admin says:

      Hello John

      Certainly for the 137MHz stuff (I assume that’s still going). Coincidentally last night I was looking up some of the L band specs in the 1.6/1.7GHz region. Certainly it’ll cover the frequency range, I just don’t know the bandwidth or encoding scheme, although I’m assuming it’s probably too wide for the soundcard bandwidth (the FCD is fixed at 96kHz quadrature sampling rate).

      Happy birthday for Sunday!

      Howard

  43. John VK4JWT says:

    OK thanks guys, I have built a few softrocks and the Japanese soft-66 sdr’s so will be a good present (beats sox and undies hands down!). 20:00 UTC will actually be Monday morning 6:00am here.
    Cheers

    John

  44. Augusto says:

    Switzerland is considered in the EC?
    What about VAT ?
    Or it would be better for me to order it from my Italy Address?
    I hope to be able to ” win ” one on the next batch!
    Whe wil, the 3rd batch available – if you know it at now ?
    Happy New Year 2011 and 73 de Augusto HB9TZA / I2JJR

    • admin says:

      Hi Augusto.

      Thanks for your message.

      If Switzerland is your Paypal verified location that the FCD would be sent to, then you are “Rest of World”: I do not need to add VAT on for Switzerland as it’s not in the EU.

      Howard

  45. Ian G7PHD says:

    Just wondering how many will be available this evening? I only need one but would like to know what I am up against!

    Cheers,

    Ian, G7PHD.

  46. Matty MD0MAN says:

    To save time, log into Paypal before 8pm, then click on the buy link – it worked for me :)

    Saves quite a bit of time, when you’re already logged in to Paypal, will be interesting to see how quickly the 2nd batch go.

    I know one or two others on the Isle of Man that are interested in getting one.

    I now have a running az/el tracking system – have had a few good days listening to some of the satellites on both 2m & 70cms, fantastic peice of kit :)

    73′s

    Matty

  47. Christian EA4EUN says:

    Hello. I´m also waiting to purchase the FCD Pro. I´ll try today at 20:00 UTC.

    73

  48. Achim DH2VA says:

    HA! Got it this time :) Thank you Howard for such a fine piece of equipment and hope to meet you soon again! 73!

  49. Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

    Damn – they went quick – in the time I was putting the payment through it sold out – even quicker than the first batch! ;-(

  50. John VK4JWT says:

    Looks like I Just got one no problems 6:00am here!

    Cheers

    John de VK4JWT

  51. Lars Nyberg, SM3KYH says:

    Please set up a list for orders.
    All gone in 1 second.

    Or you could double the price.

    • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

      No idea how many there where this time – must have been another ten? Will just have to pay the extra UNFAIR 2.5% whenever they become widely available.

  52. Jeremy says:

    I think I did too. Transaction is listed as completed on PayPal. I think this bodes well for me. This time I didn’t mess around. I had my clock syn’d with WWV and as soon as I saw the hour change, I hit the buy button.

  53. Randy K7AGE says:

    Hi

    Not sure if I got one or not. I saw the page that showed the amount, then I filled in my paypal info, and then it said sold out. Not sure if I got one or not.

    Randy

    • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

      If it said SOLD OUT when you where in Paypal and just about to pay – it had gone! :-(

    • Frank KK5XX says:

      Randy,

      Same thing happened here. Didn’t go through for me. There must not be a hold put on the item until later in the process. Hope we have better luck next time.

  54. KF5HDS says:

    Thanks a lot Mr. Howard. I think I got one!!

  55. Clubbtraxx says:

    Payment confirmed, so it looks like I will get one ;)

  56. CRC says:

    What total b.s. !!!

    I entered the order, it processed it and I sent a payment then it said it’s sold out and the order disappeared!

    That’s not right.

  57. Dave says:

    Clicked the button at 20:00:01 and went straight to Pay Pal BUT by the time I got signed in……………………sold out.

  58. I got one ! very slow paypal but all ok….!

    Happy New Year to all!

    Nacho, EB1GER

  59. Larry N1MIW says:

    Well, congrats to everyone who got in on time. I was in PayPal, but they showed 2 different names for me. By the time I chose one, the window popped up that they were sold out. Had to be within the first 30 seconds. If you could hear me scream right now!!!!!

  60. JoeC says:

    On Jan 2, 2011 at 20:00 + 2 sec UTC getting sold out from USA, repeated tries still return sold out – is something broken or did they sell out in 2 seconds?

  61. Ken - W7KKE says:

    Well, that was a disappointment! Hit the order button about 10 seconds after 2000 UTC, and by the time I entered my PayPal account password it was sold out!! Guess I’ll wait till the next batch and try again.
    73,
    Ken, W7KKE

  62. Mike, DK3WN says:

    It’s a wrap …
    73 from a lucky Mike :-)

  63. Martin G8BHC says:

    All gone at 20:00 and a gnats by the time I’d entered my Paypal code (missed Matty’s tip). Any chance of advance orders?
    73 Martin G8BHC

  64. Augusto says:

    Well, I guess In had to do with Speedy Gonzales.
    21:00 CET: I did Paypal log in , complete the forms, clicked on the ” Pay now” and he just answered No More FUnCubeDongle available ….

    How many items had this second batch? They seems to be vapoured in a few seconds.

    My congrats for your success, but , now, a question arises: when and how many items will be the next batch? Is somehow possible in future to order in advance? I stand here half an hour before the term , but this has proven unsuccesful . I fear that in the future it will be alweays worse for me, end user-buyer .

    73 es gud 2011 OM !
    Augusto HB9TZA / I2JJR

    • Augusto says:

      I have to add that I tried many tiomes before the 20:00 UTC in order to be ready to press ” pay now ” as stated elsewhere, but it did not work for me, not at all. So I sincro my clock and waited. At 21:00:00 CET I disd press Buy Now, I had ready all the num,bers here, so quickly went to “pay now” to get a ” sold out ” like others I am not at all sure, I did try some times again, it was so odd for me; but nothing. HI: I hope I have not bought many devices! HI
      I intended to buy one only. But it’s not my moment.
      Hope in the next batch, let me know when it will be please.
      783 again de Augusto

  65. PE0SAT says:

    Within 30 seconds the batch from Sunday 2 januari 2011 20:00 UTC was sold-out hopefully I will have more luck next batch.

  66. Christian Castillo EA4EUN says:

    Hello. I´m very happy now. I got one FCD Pro.

    My mobile station will have soon a SDR RX Station.

    73! Christian EA4EUN

  67. Will says:

    So not fair! To the guy who said this:

    “Not sure if I got one or not. I saw the page that showed the amount, then I filled in my paypal info, and then it said sold out. Not sure if I got one or not.”

    I did the *same* thing. I clicked buy, secured my place, and got to the payment page. Selected my my bank info and clicked pay and it went back to the sold out page. Gone.

    I’m so disappointed.

  68. Larry N1MIW says:

    Randy, check your transaction history. I got the same window, and I’m not showing a sale taking place today… I feel I was cheated by PP.

  69. CRC says:

    Don’t feel alone Will, the same thing happened to me. I don’t see how that happens if the order has already been pushed through initially but whatever…

  70. Dick says:

    Ok I missed it by about one second. I got the paypal login and by the time I typed my password, they were sold out. I’d hope that next time you would setup a list; but now I know to log into paypal first before clicking buy now.
    Dick

  71. Peter GM0AKJ says:

    Looks good for me

    good New Year to all

    73 GM0AKJ

  72. Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

    Should have done UK orders only before our VAT went up maybe???

  73. Clubbtraxx says:

    Payment confirmed, so it looks like I will get one ;-)

    Happy New Year to all.

    Cheers.

  74. George Henry says:

    Exact same thing happened to me: clicked “buy”, got the order page, clicked “pay”, got “sold out”.

    I’d be happy to prepay NOW, if I was assured of getting one from the next batch…

  75. I’m one of the lucky one’s, used an “internet coach”, LOL, N8MH, my contribution was to shorten my PayPal login to an “quicker” alphanumeric. I look forward to joining the FCD club as I climb the learning curve.

    73 Pete WB2OQQ

  76. Randy K7AGE says:

    Oh well. Nothing shown in my pay pal account. I guess the trick is to pre log into paypal and hit all the buttons as fast as you can. I guess just because I saw the price and the account page only means that I got that far, but not far and fast enough to get my order placed.

    Try again next time.

    Randy

    • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

      Even though I had logged in to Paypal when I pressed the “Buy Now” button the load up page just hovered/stalled by which time it was too late.

  77. Will says:

    Clue me in here… How can you be fast enough to get the item, and then have it take away from you while you are paying for it??? Thats just messed up and really quite unfair. All in under 5 seconds?

    This would be similar to going to a store, putting an item into your grocery basket and when you get to the counter someone else reaches in, takes it out, tosses some cash on the counter, and walks away.

    Paypal sucks.

    -Will

    • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

      It doesn’t seem to order transactions other than by which has paid first :-(

    • Randy K7AGE says:

      Or like Staples where they have the cards hanging on the racks, you take a card, go to pay, they go in the back room, and come back and say they don’t have any. Although, they did place an order for me and I had it shipped to my home the next day with free shipping. But the 10 people waiting in the line weren’t too pleased with what was going on.

      Randy

  78. admin says:

    Folks

    Apologies if you missed out this time.

    This batch had 49 devices. That is how many I have fully tested and ready to go. The first batch two weeks ago was 35 units.

    I have some more untested or semi finished devices but I need to complete them.

    Remember that there is a further batch of 100 coming later on this month also from an assembler. Let’s hope they’re up to scratch!

    Howard

    • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

      So thats about two seconds worth! LOL

      Keep up the good work – it will be worth the wait.

    • Will says:

      Howard,

      Like many have asked, can you please find a more fair way to distribute these? Create a waiting list, accept the first X number of people to email you at the start time, or find a way to get paypal to sell them honestly. It’s simply not fair for those of us that don’t know how to manipulate the paypal system to jump place in line.

      • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

        “used an “internet coach”, LOL, “my contribution was to shorten my PayPal login to an “quicker” alphanumeric” – all sound like ebay tricks to me.

      • Clubbtraxx says:

        Will… I for one didn’t manipulate the paypal system, as you call it, I just typed fast and logged in, all in time to get my payment confirmed before they were gone.

        Learn to type faster, or use the pre-login trick next time, which I consider a good tip for those after one FCD from the next bach ;-)

        • Will says:

          Clubbtraxx, I never said you manipulated the system… But I guess from your reply you are explaining how you did *laugh*

          “for one didn’t manipulate the paypal system”

          then

          “use the pre-login trick next time”

          Trick huh. Sounds like manipulation to me :)

          • Clubbtraxx says:

            I didn’t do the pre-login, I had to login but type pretty fast ;-) In fact I only learned about the idea here in the comments from others.

            It only saves you maybe 1-2 seconds, depending also on your internet speed of course, but maybe those few seconds is what you needed.

            Good luck on the next batch.

            I’m guessing demand and available quantities will level out pretty soon

      • Jeremy says:

        There’s nothing to manipulate. I missed out the first time too because I underestimated the demand and wandered into the site about a minute after ordering began. This time I was prompt, paid using the default source, and even though I had to sign into paypal it looks like I still got one. So there is no way to game the system other than just being quick about it.

      • Alan WA4SCA says:

        Howard,

        Set the computer clock to GPS standard, clicked on PAY at 20:00:01, and got one ordered. Seems perfectly fair to me. ;)

        73s es TNX for the incredible effort and project.

        Alan
        WA4SCA

  79. Ralf, DG6EA says:

    Hello,

    I think i was fast enough and get one!

    No pre login, just press the button, login and pay…

    Thanks a lot Howard!

    vy 73

    Ralf, DG6EA

  80. Larry N1MIW says:

    This is why I try to teach my children that they can’t have everything in life. I’ve only known about the FCD for ~18 hours, but between bargaining with the XYL and waiting for the 0-hour, PP just wants to make me drink!

    Howard, are you still expecting the next batch in 2 weeks or so? How many were available today?

  81. Alexander says:

    Hello,

    I tried to order today at 2001 UTC but the system said the item is sold out!
    Also several times later as I tried again it said the same…

    What did I made wrong?

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

    73, DE7ALG

  82. Uwe says:

    Hi,
    here is no user that manipulate paypal!
    When 49 Dongles sold out, the best way is to wait for the next goods.
    When Howard must care a list, then Howard has no time to make new goods or updates for the firmware.
    This way, that Howard choosen, is the best way for him.
    I have click on the “Button” at 20:00:10 and i must only take my password in paypal and click the button to pay. This is in 3 seconds done.
    49 Dongles are many goods… This ist an indication, that the dongle is very interesting and many user will have them.

    Uwe

  83. ON3PTZ says:

    I was also to slow typing the password.

    hope i have more luck next time

  84. Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

    Just thinking – if they where scheduled on ebay with a quantity then when the counter got to zero it would show as gone. Then people would have time to sort out the Paypal bit. Just add on the cost of the ebay fees to the customer – that would be fairer!

  85. Brian KD4WAV says:

    Thank you for changing the sale time, I was fully awake for this one.

    Strange Paypal behavior though. I clicked on the website at 20:00 UTC and was taken to the Paypal login site with a Dongle “in my basket” and charges computed at 108 Pounds. I put in my password to pay and then told it was sold out. I have a screen capture with the dongle in my basket.

    Strange.

    • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

      Paypal does not seem to order/sequence transactions -the only order is when the money is transferred from what I can tell. Thats why an ebay system would be fairer as when it says “You have bought this item” you really have!

  86. Mark N8MH says:

    Folks, I don’t know about some of you, but I get rather uncomfortable reading the posts complaning about the purchase process, or the number of available units, and so on…let’s not forget what Howard *IS* doing, rather than what he might do differently, etc. Gracious—putting them up for grabs to the fastest clickers has to be the most fair way I can think of. My hat’s off to Howard for the tremendous effort he has put forth into brining these to a reality. Maybe he should just put the next batch up for bid on eBay so the highest bidders win them :)

    • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

      That would be “richest finger first” rather than “fastest finger first” but then the richest fingers are also the fastest fingers due to business isp speeds etc – a business or speedy web connection in the USA will always be faster than one in most parts of Africa! I am not knocking Howards sterling work – what he is doing is stunning – (I watched the whole You Tube video btw!) I guess everybody wants to see fairness where the direct payment system with Paypal does not offer it.

    • Rob says:

      Well said Mark,not sure about Ebay. I think once the bigger batch comes, things will get a little better, it did not help that the first manufacture dropping out at the last min, thus leaving this and the last batch being made single handed by Howard.

      • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

        With ebay the seller just puts in the quantity to be sold and you can for a few pence schedule the sale to start at any given time. Announce on this website time and date and show a link to the item. Then all Howard has to do is sit back and make some more! When they go on sale everyone sees the sale at the same time using the ebay item number and when they are sold out at ebay you know it has gone and you can see the sales history etc. Then when people are able to log into Paypal to conclude the transaction there is no panic – especially when you have to decide which source of payment you are going to use. To me its a no-brainer as they say!

    • CRC says:

      You must have been one of the successful buyers. : )

      • Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

        Sour Grapes, Sour Grapes – no funilly I didn’t! As there was the same discussion after the first batch I just thought a look at the process might be helpful but I am not sure its that welcome!

    • Larry N1MIW says:

      I just want it known that I fully appreciate what Howard is doing for us and don’t condone his method of sale… It’s just the crazy way PP works that I think got everyone who “lost” so upset. No matter how he sells them (lists, emails, etc.), there will be a backlog and someone is going to miss out on a shipment. Kind of like being outbid on an auction at the last couple of seconds, but this is in reverse!

      Keep up the great work Howard; we’re all looking forward to the next selling time!!! :-)

  87. Matty MD0MAN says:

    Well done to the guys who managed to get one ordered, sorry to the guys who didn’t make the purchase.

    I don’t think any of us can really blame Paypal for the way things are processed, I’m guessing it will complete the ‘transaction’ when the rest of the Paypal bits have been completed, if someone manages to ‘get in’ and get their transaction completed beforehand, then it looks like that is the one that would take priority.

    I can totally understand Howard’s logic towards using Paypal for the sales of them as he has previously discussed, I just hope the guys who have missed out this time will manage to get one of the next batch.

    I have never known anything to be as popular as this in amateur radio circles – big congratulations to Howard for producing a product that is showing so much interest from the radio community.

    Matty

    • Lars Nyberg, SM3KYH says:

      Matty MD0MAN wrote “I have never known anything to be as popular as this in amateur radio circles – big congratulations to Howard for producing a product that is showing so much interest from the radio community.”

      Totally agree there. Howards dongle is one of the most interesting things I have seen in a very long time. And that is why the next sell-out will be finished faster than tonite.
      My suggestion to Howard is to check with PP if they have a log of how many different buyers were trying to pay the first 10 seconds. That would probably come as a shock.

  88. David Barber says:

    Mark, I was also watching this outburst with what amounted to disgust. How many of us would have been prepared or able to do what Howard has done?

    No choice of logistics is going to suit everyone. However disappointing it may be to have missed out I would urge a return to an element of decorum.

    Perhaps Howard could / should remove these unfortunate comments.

    Howard and the project need our support not an avalanche of unrest.

  89. Ian Connor, G7PHD says:

    Howards meticulous placing of the SM components under microscope is not un-noticed – the work he is doing is remarkable in everyway. I only hope my suggestions where not taken out of context – I think people are just bemused with the way Paypal works!

  90. CRC says:

    It’s definitely not Howard’s fault. There are only so many to go around and there has to be some method of selling them. It was just a bit of a kick in the butt when it gets you excited by telling you that you purchased one then it turns around and yanks it back at the last second. It’s kind of like thinking you won a lotto ticket and realizing you misread the number.

  91. EB4DKA-Pedro says:

    Got mine using my iPhone (I type very fast with it).
    Can’t wait to play with it and a CJU antena!
    Stay tuned http://eb4dka.laserenadigital.com
    Best 73 and happy new year.
    Pedro EB4DKA

    • Christian EA4EUN says:

      Hello Pedro. My paypal connection was very slow, but I felt very happy when I saw the confirmation page. The FunCube Dongle will be for me the start of SDR handheld exploration, using an Asus Netbook and a CJU antenna.

      73 and Happy new year.

      Christian EA4EUN

  92. Peter G8AEN says:

    Reading all the comments,
    PP seems to look at those who ACTUALLY PAID FIRST, as the order progresses to the finish.
    Thank you for all the hours spent with this project.

  93. ad says:

    i did made it to sucessfully place the paypal payment, actually i even see a 0001 on my invoice, perhaps i was the 1st one on this second bacth..

    my problem is, while clicking as fast as possible, i disregard that paypal had my old address as the default shipping address. now im here sending emails and trying to inform Howard of my need to update such infos. I have sent them already via email but got no confirmation so don’t want to take the risk of loosing it cause some spam filter is blocking my emails to howard.

    hoping this comment form will help me out, will really hate to miss my key cause of the quick click.

    :S

  94. Ilya ra4ctr says:

    The device is popular. Cool. Maybe it is possible to produce some complete KIT for DIY. Suppose that the price will be a couple of dollars lower or exact same . Those wishing to buy I think there are (I buy exactly)

    73! and HNY

  95. Karsten DO1ODW says:

    First Click Paypal gives a OK.
    But on the Payment Confirmation the Sold out Window flashes.
    The Money is not running out :-(
    Waiting for the Next Chance :-) Second Batch
    Greetings from Germany

  96. Is it possible to know the date of the next batch ?
    VRY TNX.

  97. admin says:

    Folks

    If you want to know the worst of it, Paypal oversold by 11 units, so 60 boards were sold in this batch. Luckily I was within a an hour or so of finishing another ten anyway but they hadn’t been tested. I lost my first board (serial #163) on Saturday: when I was replacing the tuner chip (it had bad image rejection) a couple of tracks lifted – pretty much a write off.

    So I’ve had to get out a couple of extra boards for the post.

    Howard

    • Will says:

      That’s horrible Howard. Having all of us complain about Paypal as well is just adding to your frustration I’m sure. We do really appreciate your effort in cranking out these things. The work is obviously tedious to making them… and that’s not even considering packing and shipping.

      Maybe there is someone amongst the bright people who are customers here that could code, or rework, a web based sales interface so that you could control the sales in a manner that doen’t burden you and keeps all of us desperate buyers happy. With demand outnumbering supply for who knows how long… it seems like everyone would benefit from brainstorming a way to fairly control the future sales. I’m not a coder, but I can’t imagine it would be that hard to write something in javascript that would allow access to a purchase page, count down the available units (without messing it up like paypal), and email those people a link to pay.

      I’m sure others may even have better solutions. Just something to think about.

      Thanks for slaving over these boards. We do appreciate it.

      -will

  98. Mark N8MH says:

    Oh my…that’s 10 lucky people and one unlucky builder!

    Howard–out of curiosity–will batch 2 units ship with firmware v18b or v18c? So far v18c seems just fine on my first batch unit! And it has pretty been running continuously for the last 3 days or so…

    Mark

    • admin says:

      Hello Mark

      I am shipping them with v18b: v18c was really an interim release and I hadn’t had enough feedback to be confident enough to install that version. v18b has been around since October and apart from a couple of relatively minor niggles has been rock solid so I took the decision to go with that rather than risk something that’s only been out for a few days.

      Howard

  99. ON3PTZ says:

    Is there also a kit version posible?

    SMD resistors or capacitors not included, only the board and other components.

  100. Robert Dominici says:

    Hi Howard

    I Have The Same Question As ON3PTZ.
    Is This Possible?

    Robert

  101. admin says:

    Further information for you on the last sale. The first sale completed at 20:00:22 and the 60th at 20:00:47.

    Howard

    • Augusto says:

      ZAPP !!!

    • Lars Nyberg, SM3KYH says:

      FYI. I got the sold-out message at 20:00:02 while confirming pay. NTP-synced 19:50.
      There is a massive interest. I think you will sell more of these than yuo ever imagined. Howard – Good Luck and take care of yourself!

  102. PE0SAT says:

    When will there be information regarding the next batch?

  103. Augusto says:

    Hi Howard,
    I asked Simon HB9DRV (HRD and SDR freewares) if he will support the FCD .
    He could be interested but he too cannot get one, just like me and others.
    May I suggest you to contact him to exchange Infos so he may be able to support FCD in his freewares? I would also suggest to ease him to get one, as that way all other users will get some advantage, I suppose. This is of course my opinion, fwiw .
    I believe that this could have been of some interest to you, so I let you know it.

    I will wait for the next batch, now, exercising fast-typing and getting quick and short strings for my paypal account……. HI!

    Best regards to you Howard, FB!
    73 de Augusto HB9TZA / 9H3JR

    • ” … now, exercising fast-typing and getting quick and short strings for my paypal account……. HI! … ”

      HI ! Augusto…. It is very dufficult to have the Dongle….

      • Augusto says:

        Hi Antonio, you’re right!
        The comic is in the times Howard published. I got an answer “sold out” maybe at 20:00:04 – have not watched the clock , I was topo busy! – As somebody wrote here , I guess PayPal is the problem, but this will absolutely not lessen the wonderful One-Man-Crew that Howard is doing!
        I will wait for the next batch, but I guess it will be faster thatn ever … But at a certain point, like a gaussian , the slope will begin to become favourable to us, poor UnspeedyGonzales …. That time we will al be satisfied and get endly our FCD and begin the fun . In the meantime, feedback from the first users will grow and we will benefit of some hint on its uses. In the meanwhile we have learned that it works with WRPlus last version, and maybe that time we will also get some support in Simon’s SDR .
        Howard, many many thanks for what you are doing !
        I wish you all the best and all the success you deserve, dr OM !
        73 de Augusto HB9TZA / I2JJR etc.

  104. Hi Howard,
    I hope and We hope, that the next batch is sufficient for all . . . without problems of velocity as Speedy Gonzales in PayPal . . .
    :-)

  105. BARRY DAY says:

    I am interested in a dongle please let me know when they are available.
    Many thanks
    Barry (G3WIS)

    • admin says:

      Hi Barry,

      Thanks for your message. Keep an eye on the site, the date and time of the next time we have availability will be posted a few days before. Assuming the next set of boards arrive as expected and check out OK we’re looking at somewhere around 15/16 January.

      Howard

  106. Good Luck.

    On the next opportunity to order your FCD visit, http://www.time.gov/, or your favorite time source to make sure your computer clock is accurately set for your next order.

    73 and good luck
    Pete, WB2OQQ

  107. perry chamberlain says:

    please notify me when these wonderful radios come up for sale agin please.
    respectfully
    Perry Chamberlain
    ke6anm

    • admin says:

      Hi Perry,

      Thanks for your message. Keep an eye on the site, the date and time of the next time we have availability will be posted a few days before. Assuming the next set of boards arrive as expected and check out OK we’re looking at somewhere around 15/16 January.

      Howard

  108. Bruce,KJ6CSI says:

    Howard, There is an old Canadian saying about building a better mousetrap and having the world beat a path to your door,eh? I join the many who congradulate you on your enterprise and exceptional Patience with us all and would also love to sign up for one as the process allows. One usually has to be a rare and new island in a glorious pileup in a season of fine sunspots, etc, etc to get this response. In short, please keep up the good work and drop me/us a note as to when such a dongle might become available
    73 de Bruce
    KJ6CSI

    • admin says:

      Hi Bruce,

      Thanks for your message. Keep an eye on the site, the date and time of the next time we have availability will be posted a few days before. Assuming the next set of boards arrive as expected and check out OK we’re looking at somewhere around 15/16 January.

      Howard

  109. Ciao Howard,
    how many Dongle are available for the next batch ?
    TNX

    • admin says:

      Hello Antonio.

      If all goes to plan, 100.

      Howard

      • Ciao Howard
        I hope this will be sufficient to supply demands . . .

        • admin says:

          Hi Antonio.

          This is the first time I have used this manufacturer. I originally ordered from them about five or six weeks ago, before we’d released any production boards, so we still didn’t know at that stage what demand was going to be like.

          Before I re-order I need to make sure that the boards from this manufacturer are good.

          Howard

          • Stephen Cannon says:

            Howard,
            After all the “fun” you have had with this last batch of boards (e.g. did you consider this batch of boards “good”), are you reordering from this manufaturer?

            I have enjoyed matching your video of reworking the boards; but it is a shame that you had to rework so many. What was the final number of boards that required rework out of this last lot?

            You efforts are appreciated.

  110. Kurt, HB9XCL says:

    sold out :-( how can I reserve one piece for the next production lot?

    thanks for Info in advance, 73
    Kurt, Hb9xCL

    • Rob says:

      Kurt
      somewhere around 15/16 January, keep an eye on this site for ordering information.
      There is No Reserve list.
      rob

  111. SEB says:

    I definitely want to give myself one

    For me in France, I therefore need version EC or Rest of World ???

    73′s

    Sebastian

  112. Wesley Bilton says:

    Please will you reserve one for me
    Phone 01724 782996
    Thanks
    Wesley G3TYY

    • Ian G7PHD says:

      Wesley- while it may seem sense to take orders and fulfil them in order received this not how it is being done. You must be available on the right day at the right time on this website and click “BUY” and take pot luck as to wether you get one or not. The first two batches sold out in a matter of seconds. The next batch of 100 is likely to go equally as quick. At some point I guess the demand will fall off and it will be easier to get one. If you happen to be an Internet “Slow Coach” (like me) you are likely to have to wait some time for one. I don’t advise putting your phone number on here either. Good Luck.
      Ian, G7PHD.

  113. Christian EA4EUN says:

    Good morning Howard.

    I have received my FCD five minutes ago. At night I will begin to study how works this handheld sdr station.

    73, Christian EA4EUN

  114. Enric says:

    definitively I like to give me self one
    can order ??

  115. emilio g cires says:

    KJ4UFK PLEASE ADD ME TO YOUR ORDER LIST
    THANKS …73…EMILIO

  116. KF5HDS says:

    Dear Mr. Howard,
    I havent Received the Dongle Yet. I ordered it from Germany. I would like to know, If there is usually so much delay. It would very kind of you, if you could provide me some information in this regard.

    73s,
    KF5HDS / Sanjay Srikanth Nekkanti

  117. Uwe says:

    Hi Howard,
    i’m still waiting for my Funcubedongle….
    Is there a problem?
    Please send me your Email Address, then we can better communicate.

    Uwe

  118. Alex says:

    In some parts of the world we are still sleeping at 20:00Z.
    Why not rotate the time so that all will have a chance to get one.
    Next batch, say, 01:00Z
    There is no way I am getting up at 5AM local on the very very small chance I may be successful.

  119. We are waiting for COUNTDOWN ! ! !

  120. Robbie says:

    yay i got one ;)

  121. JoeC says:

    Again, no joy. Sold out in under 40 seconds.

  122. Alexander says:

    I’m so haaapy – I got one!!!!!

    THX
    Alexander, DE7ALG

  123. Lasse says:

    Didn’t take more than a minute this time :)

  124. Pascal says:

    Yes !! I got one !!!

  125. Marco says:

    I have not able to get one – all gone in a few seconds.
    Howard, definitively you have to set an order list, this is not the way to go. Too disppointing.

    73 – Marco IK1ODO

  126. Gerrit says:

    got one too!!

  127. Enric says:

    GOT ONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  128. andy G0SFJ says:

    Whoopee! 28 seconds and got one! My second effort, an improved time from 54 seconds the last time…

  129. W4RIS says:

    Arrrgggg.

    Wrong Credit Card in PayPal… By the time I entered the correct one it was gone…..

    At least the website stayed up unlike Sparkfun.com yesterday ;)

    Thanks for all your work Howard, hope you have time to make a new batch soon!

  130. Heath Blondin says:

    missed out yet again..I tried right at 20:00 utc and it was sold out by the time I hit pay now

  131. Brian R. Swan says:

    There’s something wrong with the paypal ordering process. I had one, went to pay, hit “pay now” was told it was sold out. I went back to your order page, and tried to order a few more times, where it told me the item was sold out. After a minute or so, it told me I had one, but again, got sold out when I hit the payment screen. I don’t think paypal is setup to handle this type of mass-ordering of a limited quantity product.

    • admin says:

      Hi Brian.

      Because of the over selling I had from Paypal last time, I limted the number on the first tranche to 80 units. It over sold by “only” seven units so I released another 13 a minute or so later, which it then promptly oversold by four.

      Howard

      • Augusto says:

        Really fun!
        80+7+13+4 -1 damaged ….
        So you have only one left ; … may I have it ? “;^))
        73 de Augusto 9H3JR I2JJR

  132. Wilmar says:

    The future start for me – sdr – FUNcube.

    73 to all from Brazil.

  133. PE0SAT says:

    I got one to, an other happy ham radio amateur. It will be my first steps working with a SDR device. Can’t wait to start working with it.

    Thanks to everyone who helped with the development of this device.

    73 Jan PE0SAT

  134. Ilya ra4ctr says:

    Got one, pass in paypal from copy-paste not work, i had to print his hands

  135. tiredofthis says:

    honestly, this is ridiculous. just set up a waiting list already :-( some of us are too old and tired to play this kind of game.

    three times i have tried to get this and three times i have failed – item gets into “cart” but there’s no way in hell i can enter my paypal password, select funding source etc. fast enough to compete. logging in beforehand doesn’t help – you still need to enter a password, confirm shipping address, etc.

    i appreciate the incredible work you are doing, but honestly, how hard could it be to have a waiting list? i would have no problem *whatsoever* having my money tied up for weeks or even months waiting, if i knew i’d my turn would come eventually. i trust you completely. but this paypal thing is just making me hate the whole business. :-(

    • Brian R. Swan says:

      I completely agree. I don’t mind paying now and waiting, so long as I know there’s a wait, what’s the big deal?

      • admin says:

        I understand, please let me have a think about this. As I have mentioned before, a simple wait list means I have to manually chase up for payment which will be time consuming. On the other hand, a pre-pay means I could be sitting on other people’s money for some time, something I’m not really comfortable with.

        In my defence, I really didn’t expect this level of popularity, and I sincerely thank you all for your patience and interest.

        Howard

  136. Aaron says:

    I listened to WWV and clicked buy at 20:00:02.. no dongle for me. Dang you network latency!

  137. Rob Thompson says:

    YAY :-D
    I got one too…
    I look forward to showing this dongle off to other jealous HAMS ;-)
    Thank you :-)
    De 2E0RPT

  138. andy G0SFJ says:

    many thanks to Howard for his hard design and production work -and now sales!

  139. Jason says:

    Congratulations on selling them all after only 15 minutes! I missed out so grumble, grumble, grumble 8-D

    Hopefully the next batch won’t be too far away.

  140. To “tiredofthis”

    If you want, you can have my unit. You are right, younger people (I am 42 and feel like 22 ;-) ) have some advantage and this is not fair. I can wait for next lot.

    73 JOSE EB5AGV

  141. Marco says:

    Howard,

    other people offering ham-radio related items in batches have managed waiting lists. I have in my mind G0BBL and the VWNA. He has been very succesful, and waiting lists have been long at times, depending on batch availability. TAPR with HPSDR did the same. I understand that handling a waiting list is time consuming, but in this way you have 100 happy customers for sure, and no idea of how many unsatisfied and upset potential customers. Knowing the real interest figures would help you in deciding the lot size, too.

    73 – Marco IK1ODO

    • Hi Marco,

      We met everywhere ;-) !

      Did you get one?. I think I had the luck of the first-timer. I panicked a bit when I needed to enter my (long) PayPal password, but I managed to end the transaction in very few seconds (at 20:01 UTC I have already posted here!)

      About your comment, I was also in the VNWA list since last June and my unit has just shipped (it could have been sooner, in December, but then I was not ready). I agree with your comment but I also understand Howard’s point of view.

      73 JOSE EB5AGV

      • Marco says:

        Hola Jose,

        yes, we share many common passions (but you are not on EME – yet, HI).

        No, I have not been able to get one, and I hit ENTER at 20:00:00.5 … I have been directed to PayPal, that was already opened, but when I confirmed the transaction iw as already gone. Really too bad; I understand Howard reasons, but still I’m convinced this is not the way to go.

        73 – Marco IK1ODO

  142. Augusto says:

    This time I went home too late …. Here only at 20:12 utc … just in time to read all the comments! I wish the next batch will be soon …. it seems to play lotto this way, but hey this is also part of the fun for us. I doubt that it’s also fun for Howard!
    So oncemore my thanks and understanding to Howard.
    And to the brave that have “won” a FCD this time, dont forget to let us know your opinions, experioences and trick. Is there somebody wanting to test it with Simon’s SDR Console? Have FUN! 73 de Augusto HB9TZA / I2JJR

    • Alf DG8YHH says:

      Hi Augusto

      Tried different Programs yet,

      WRPlus , Best Universal for all kind of signals , good Filteroptions , mid FM decode Hard for CPU
      SDR Console , very Hard for CPU , mid. class for Audio , superb for Digimodes and nice working Server
      Sodira , Best for Broadcast FM , friendly for CPU simple in grafics

      All Tests with AMD duo at 2ghz and Win 7 Home

      Alf

      • Thanks Alf, I had not yet read your answer, sorry.
        Thanks for the Infos on SDR freeqware by Simon HB9DRV !

        I am waiting for my FCD , but helas … paypal has given a wrong address, unconfirmed, and I had no way to correct it; more, I wrote the right shipping adress to Howard, but it seems the FCD has been shipped to the wrong place …
        Hope not to have lost more than some time! Paypal did not ask me for shipping address, anyway.
        73 de Augusto hb9tza / 9h3jr / i2jjr

        • admin says:

          Augusto

          Your FCD was sent to the address that you emailed me, not the Paypal address. Check the attachment in your email, it has the stamped Post Office copy of the delivery address. It was NOT sent to the Paypal address.

          Howard

  143. Give him a break, says:

    I think Howard has answered the question regarding Waiting lists,I think it’s unfair to keep bringing this up.

  144. DO1ODW says:

    Many Thanks Howard for your Hard Work
    Good Luck for the Next Round to all
    Hopefully everyone get`s a Cube in 2011

    Cheers :-)

  145. Bert Gonzalez says:

    Well, it looks like finally got one at my second try, I’ve read Jan 02 of somebody’s recomendation of be logged into paypal before, so I was logged 2 min before 20:00 and could got one.
    First try lost time in logging procedure of paypal account and missed my chance. So probably for those whom have had trouble to get one, next time login to paypal account first, at least worked for me.
    73 Bert / xe1fze

  146. Larry says:

    There’s got to be a person out there close to you who would be willing to maintain an “ordering list”. You let them accept emails on a first-come, first-served basis (emails received at the same second are alphabetically listed), and as you get a batch in (lets say, 100), they forward you the first 100 off the top. This would let you know what your order base number is, not to mention how popular your product is (which I think your grossly underestimating).

    It’s very stressful to wait for the day of the sale, get everything set up for the sale (including altering the day so we’re available for the release time), and then only to have PP tell you it’s sold out right when you hit the PAY button. It has nothing to do with fairness or “cheating” – look how PP oversells items. It’s pure luck since logging in beforehand does not work.

    It looks like a great product, however I’m not meant to have one, I guess. Not until they’re readily available. Good luck.

  147. LA8AW - Odd-Egil says:

    I lost the battle for the FcD this time as well, but I got no bad feelings.
    I fully support the way Howard do the sale…. It’s his product and he make the rules. http://www.funcubedongle.com/?p=362

    My time for the FcD will come…..(next sale – I’m sure :-) )

    73 de LA8AW -Odd-Egil

  148. Well, Finally

    Click right on 12:00pm (PST) never missed it. I got one :)

    will fullfill my AMSAT Rotor project.

    Hope I can received it soon.

    73,

    K6XOX

  149. Larry says:

    If you don’t want to jump right into an order list, how about a “pre-order” list? Set this up with the understanding that the potential customer is not actually ordering one at this time, but you are showing a level of intrest? This way, you will know how many potential customers are in fact out here wanting one, and also how many to order for the next batch. It also separates the owners from the customers. Set a mailbox up that accepts emails for the weekend, or a full 7 days, then close it. Once you get that customer base identified, you’ll know how many to order. If there’s let’s say, 1,000 potential orders, I would like to think that there wouldn’t be a problem for the customers who are waiting for their FCD to pass testing and shipping out in a month or so. Just a suggestion – you can ignore it if you want…

    • admin says:

      Hello Larry

      I understand, but think about it this way…

      Let’s say there are 1,000 interested individuals.

      o I have to go out and invest several tens of thousands of $$$s of my own money (which I don’t happen to have lying around by the way).

      o We are still some weeks from a reliable volume production process even for relatively small vollumes of 100.

      o My current manufacturer can’t deliver any units until the end of February (that’s another problem I just found out about).

      o I am now in the process of trying to mitigate against this, but right now it is very likely I will have to be build some more myself again.

      o Irrespective, once I have those 1,000 units, we then have to individually contact each person and request payment, manually collate who’s paid and who hasn’t, chase up payment, and deal with spam, outgoing and incoming. Someone has to do that work. I don’t see a big crowd of people with their hands up!

      o Packaging 1,000 units alone will take 200 man hours. I have already gained quite some notoriety at the local post office as it is!

      The long and the short of it is that I openly admit that we did not anticipate the level of enthusiasm, and this has brought with it its own problems for us.

      Once again I wholeheartedly thank everyone for their patience in this while we get the process right. This is a steep learning curve for all of us.

      Thank you again, Howard

      • Larry says:

        Good day Howard,

        I just want you to know that if there’s any way that I can help you out, please contact me through email. If I lived near you, I would surely offer my time to help you package that thousand up! At the rate you’re selling these, AMSAT-UK will be able to launch a HEO real soon – keep up the great work! Sorry if I was came across as being “grumpy” the other day – I was caught up in the “moment” with dealing with PP. Looking forward to the next batch…

        • admin says:

          Larry

          There’s no problem with your comments, I just wanted to but some perspective on the situation for everyone.

          Howard

  150. Mark Wooldridge says:

    Hello Howard,

    Do you require any volunteers to help with assembly or anything else related to the dongle? I ask because maybe having other people helping would enable batches to be produced quicker.

    Or do you need help in finding a supplier that can produce the boards complete and tested?

    73

    Mark
    M1MPW

    • admin says:

      Hello Mark

      We’re actively in the process of trying to sort out the supplier problem, but there is always going to be a lead time.

      My biggest help has been my 16 year old nephew who is now my chief dispatch associate and held in high regard by his college mates by dint of an uncharacteristically full wallet these days.

      Howard

  151. Wiwat says:

    Can i order ?

    Now , I am try to click “BuyNow” but it still show “Your item has sold out”

    73′de Wiway/HS3LIQ

  152. Max, DJ1CR says:

    50 years experience with analog receivers on VHF,UHF and EHF.
    Now I have a Funcubdongle for absolut new experiments.

  153. Ian G7PHD says:

    This time I didn’t even bother to find out when the next sale was – I have already expended too much time trying to secure one of these units. I am a patient person and will give it several months till things calm down. Personally I see no end to the immediate situation of Demand exceeding Supply. The idea is obviously good enough that it could have warranted a professional production line and been produced by a big manufacturer but then this would not have been what the project is about! Fro
    a personal point of view I am sad that a waiting list with deposits or something couldn’t have been established because then people would have been confident of acquiring a dongle at some point minus the constant uncertainty and watching for the next “Selfridges Sale”! Keep up the good work Howard – maybe you will have a small stock of them by the Summer!

  154. Wilmar says:

    Now I´m waiting for new experiences.
    FUNcube in Brazil -Is there another? If not, Sorry I´m the first!
    Paypal information:
    Date: 14 Jan 2011
    Time: 18:00:41 BRST (20:00:41 – UTC)
    Status: Completed

  155. Bert Gonzalez says:

    So I got one, the only one that comes to Mexico, will be very interesting to make test and experiments. I d0n’t have any experience with SDR devices, but looks like this is the path of the future radio. Also I’m becoming in a Sat entusiast, so this will help me a lot.
    73′s de Bert / xe1fze

  156. Hi Howard,
    when You ship the last group (Jan 14) of Dongle ?
    Excuse me.
    Tony (Italy)

  157. Kevin VK0KEV says:

    Really excited about these units.. any idea when the next batch may become available?

    Cheers

    Kevin vk0kev

    • admin says:

      Hello Kevin.

      Excellent question! I am working with the manufacturers right now to try to get the next date. It is likely at the moment that I will have to make the next batch myself as the lead times from manufacturers is of the order of several weeks at the moment.

      Howard

      • Kevin VK0KEV says:

        Thanks – hopefully they come up before April. We get one re-supply ship per year, so one chance to order I guess :-) Will watch the site carefully. Thanks for the info.

  158. DO1ODW Karsten says:

    #266 received.
    Incredible shipping Speed
    many many Thanks!
    Greetings from Germany

  159. Wilmar says:

    Hi Howard.
    Do you know what´s the stimated time to ship to Brazil???
    73 de PU9WIL pse k.

    • admin says:

      Hello Wilmar

      The target for Brazil is six working days. All units from the last batch were shipped on Monday 17 January.

      See this.

      Many thanks,

      Howard

  160. On6zg says:

    Received mine today nr 301 :-) thanx

  161. When will be the next batch ready to be sold.
    Would you please update the information if possible.
    Thanks,
    A.Tahir DENGİZ, TA2T,
    Ankara, TURKEY

  162. Dear Howard
    On the exhibition MUBA in Basel / Switzerland from the 4th. to 13th. of february 2011 with more then 300 000 visitors, we will present the public the wide range of HAMRADIO inclusive ARISS, SAT, CUBESAT etc. !
    For this exhibition we will have our own event call: HB9MUBA.

    I tried now two times to order the regular way a funcubedongle via the online order. No luck ! I kindly asking you to provide a funcubedongle for the exhibition ?
    I hope we can find a way for a arrangement without raising hard feelings in the funcubedongle community.

    Very nice regards
    Rolf Eberhard / Assistant technical Manager

    • Achim DH2VA says:

      Hi Rolf,
      can lend you mine.. sitting here in Zuerich. No need to raise bad feelings in the waiting line..

      73s Achim, DH2VA/HB9DUN

  163. Rob says:

    Rolf I could always ask the FUNcube yahoo Group if anyone has one to loan,if you need one desperately without raising hard feelings in the funcubedongle community.
    Rob

  164. andy G0SFJ says:

    Received mine yesterday, number 293, and spent a happy night installing spectravue with DK3WN’s software :>)

    I have to add that the design – in visual appearance – of the dongle is iconic as an expression of über-modern technology, a small black lozenge-shaped plastic interface from a laptop to the cosmos… it just shows the care in which this whole project has been conceived. It is already, will rise as, and be remembered as, a design classic. Thanks, Howard.

  165. sheila &steve says:

    can you transmitt or just receive thanks mrs cooper

  166. Steve says:

    Hi,
    do you have some sort of mailing list to get notified as soon as the dongle would be available again???
    Or do you take preorders (with pre-payment) ?

    kind rgards
    Steve

    • admin says:

      Hi Steve

      February 5/6 is hopefully the date to keep in mind. there will be a notification on the site when this is confirmed.

      I believe that you can set up an RSS feed to this site, it’s not something I’ve done myself I’m afraid.

      There’s no pre-pay I’m afraid, although we’re investigating possible options for this in the future.

      Howard

  167. Mark says:

    Hi Howard.

    Unbelivable, it seams that you have created a monster
    from just going through the interested individuals you will be
    working night and day
    With all this interest raise the price to 250.00 or 300.00
    too cover costs and your health
    I would very much like to get 2 for teaching Radio Astronomy
    but the demand that I see, I do not see this happening
    You are on a noble project, I hope that all works well

    Mark Panko
    VA3VSA

  168. Paolo Valfre' I1VPJ says:

    Today 11 am arrived FCD n° 231: all ok!
    Thanks Howard de Paolo I1VPJ

  169. I am still waiting for mine here in Valencia (Spain) . It should be here soon!

    73 JOSE EB5AGV

    • admin says:

      Jose

      You have mail.

      An incredible coincidence, I was on your website just this week as my Marconi 2955 comms test set failed. Turned out to be the BU806 line output transistor, I was lucky that it wasn’t the transformer. GBP2 and ten minutes later, fixed!

      Back to more mundane issues, there seems to be a delay on all the Spanish destined FCDs, they were all sent on Monday, but none are appearing in the correos.es tracking system yet (they are on the Royal Mail’s tracking site).

      Howard

  170. Robert oe6rke says:

    just wanted to drop a note that the fcd arrived tuoday. tried to do some offset operation and this works pretty well with belkin f5l009 (usb emulated over network).

    tnx for the engineering of the fcd, lots of fun ahead, 73 de oe6rke

  171. Chris says:

    Hi Howard, It is a nightmare trying to order a dongle which are all gone inside a few seconds, so my question is are you going to continue making these up to and after the satellite is launched as I am not able to sit on the Internet waiting for the clock to tick around for the time you release each batch of the dongles? My morphine and other 30 odd daily meds make me sleep at odd times, so will have to wait until everyone finishes their orders and then I will order 1 Pro licensed and 1 academic version so I can teach teenages at the local technical college and may be write a thesis for my open university final course.

    Congratualations on making the best selling SDR dongle for satellites, I think you will have to make another 5000 before orders start to ease a little, hence asking if you will continue to make these after the satellite is in orbit?

    Best regards Howard,
    de Chris GW6KZZ

  172. Bob says:

    Hi Howard,
    How long does it usually take for these to get delivered to the USA? I bought one in the last batch and haven’t received it yet.
    Thanks
    Bob

  173. Miguel Mayorga says:

    I just got mine 10 minutes ago from the second batch. still on the package.

    Thank you Howard,

    Miguel

    KC7IGT

  174. Barry says:

    Hi Howard,

    My FCD arrived today in NJ. Thanks

    Barry
    WB2ZXJ

  175. Greg says:

    Hello Howard.
    What an exciting project you have here.
    I was fortunate enough to purchase one in the the January sale, but as I live in Australia I have not received it yet.
    Can you please tell me what I need to provide you with and your email address so I might be able to track it.?
    Thanks very much.
    Greg

    • Phil says:

      Hi Greg… you are not alone. I am in WA and also still waiting but mail from overseas is often a long time here so I am not concerned yet. Next week I might be more concerned…hi

      Phil.

  176. mauro says:

    sorry for the question …. but when they are available??
    I have to pay for first win funcube?
    mauro

  177. Greg Stammers says:

    Hi Howard.

    I am not sure what happened to my last email.

    Can you please give me a tracking number for my Funcube Pro?

    Thanks very much.

    73, Greg

  178. I got my unit (#245) on Friday 28th (it was in the P.O. since a couple of days earlier) and works really fine. I am still learning things to get the most of it but, for prospective buyers, it is worth EVERY penny.

    Thanks Howard!!!

    73 JOSE EB5AGV

  179. Brian R. Swan says:

    Sold out in less then a minute again. I think I actually got one this time, however. :)

  180. JoeC says:

    Third purchase try is the charm. Got one this time. By my clock I finished my order in 22 seconds.

  181. Got mine in 30 sec. Tried again and they were all gone ;(

    Richard W5SXD

  182. Ricardo EA1APM says:

    I took one minute and missed it.

  183. Bruce KF1Z says:

    I pushed the button 1 second after the syncronized clock struck 22:00
    Said it was already sold out!!

    Darn!

  184. Dommy (I0NDL) says:

    Very Happy ☺☺☺
    dongle 0001 is mine.
    tnx Howard
    73
    IONDL

    • Augusto hb9tza says:

      Hi Dommy i0ndl,
      your FunCube Dongle will not be the number 0001, it is a receipt number; mine also had the same 0001 , but the real FCD number is another and you will know it when you will receive it, or if Howard writes it .
      Congrats to you and to all who have won!
      My order was done in 58″ , very slow “20M 24/7 ” ADSL …. ‘:°(
      Have fun! 72 de Augusto i2jjr / hb9tza / 9h3jr

      • Dommy (I0NDL) says:

        Hi Augusto,
        yes yes, true.
        Discovered that on the funcube forum……
        All have the same number.
        The timestamp on my paypal transaction report 23:00:23, anyway, I’m very happy☺, we now need only to wait
        Cheers
        Dommy I0NDL

  185. BOB says:

    Ummm-

    I was able to purchase this go around but when I went to paid it said sold out
    thats no very good or fair:-(

  186. George KA3HSW says:

    Got one!!! YESSSSSSS!!!!!!

  187. Andre PE1NLZ says:

    It was sold out in 35 sec……
    That was the time i need to fil out Paypal.
    I mist………

  188. James says:

    Seriously…?

    I tried at 21:59 (by my radio controlled clock) got lucky as the checkout let me through, then I had to change payment options and by the time I clicked pay they were sold out.

    Anyway I will try again next time.

    Keep up the good work Howard.

  189. Rakesh Peter (VU3RGP) says:

    I guess we made it through ! Eagerly waiting :)

    73s de Rakesh VU3RGP

  190. Augusto hb9tza says:

    It seems that this time it worked for me !
    Click on BUY NOW at 22:00:01
    very slow responses …. I suppose a big pile up …
    RX confirm of the payment at 22:00:58 !!
    Hope all is well; anyway , the address where to send was not requested, Howard , I wrote you an email with the right address to your email indicated on the receipt , hope that all is OK; if not , PLEASE before to send write me an email with your correct email.
    Ciao, mny tnxs, 72 de Augusto I2JJR / HB9TZA

  191. Peter H.g8bhd says:

    Third time unlucky !!!! must type faster….. gone in 60sec comes to mind..

    73es Peter

  192. Peter says:

    After four false starts it “APPEARS” that I have been successful…
    Thanks for all of your great work…
    now (after the endless wait to come) the FUN begins… :-)
    Peter
    N7BMG

  193. Adam N2LAW says:

    Fourth time is the charm… yay! Tnx Howard

  194. Robert says:

    it’s a dream, one hour to try to buy a funcube, always impossible????
    each minute a click on buy, but always negative answer!
    bye bye, i will search other thing

  195. Steve says:

    Hi Howard,
    any chance to contactyou via e-mail…???

    By the way:
    I was two hours late…
    Sold out again…
    Once more waiting for a next batch…

    73de
    Steve

  196. Fred says:

    My 3rd attempt worked – got one.

    It is just like ebay- you have to be fast!

    Hit BUY IT NOW at 22:00:00 Paypal confirm email at 22:00:45!

    Thank you Howard for all your hard work!

    I work on some SMD boards from time to time and what you are doing is FANTASTIC!

    Fred
    VA7UN

    http://www.signalhunter.com

  197. Hermann says:

    Was successful at 22.00.00 UTC from Germany! Great! Can’t wait for the dongle :-)

    Thanks a lot,
    vy 73,
    Hermann

    DL3HVH

  198. Serge says:

    Hi
    probably just blast for this time , later must go down
    of course not normally 45 seconds for try to buy..
    GL 73!

  199. Rakesh Peter (VU3RGP) says:

    Some tips for fast “Paypal Buy Now”-ing:

    1) I dunno if pre-login really works. For me, it didn’t work. However, the login name atleast get automatically filled if you are already logged in. May be you can try some Auto Form-filling plugins for your browser.

    2) Best way to coach yourselves is to try out the Buy Now option in some other website. Just don’t hit the Pay Now button unless you are sure :)
    ex. http://www.fotokiss.com/html/buynow.html

    3) If you have multiple credit cards in PayPal, making the one you want to use for purchase as the primary card didn’t help. I removed all the other cards except the one I wanted to use, so that I didn’t have to go and change the card. If you can do the same for the shipping address also, you can save valuable time for not changing those values!

    4) When the next time slot is about to open, keep refreshing the Buy Now page.. Login quick when it shows and just hit Pay Now. You really wouldn’t have time to change anything else !

    It was 3:30AM in India when the last slot opened… and I’d to put matchsticks on my eyelids !! Hope the next slot lasts longer and all the folks are happy !

    Cheers,

    Rakesh

  200. IK1ODO Marco says:

    Got it – confirmed at 220035z. PC synchronized, hit enter at second zero, the web response was VERY slow however, like 10 seconds or so to reload a page.

    Again, with due respect to the extraordinary work that Howard does on this project, in my opinion this is not the way to go to sell a very valid product. Probably things will change when it will go in volume production.

    73 – Marco IK1ODO

    • Eb5AGV Jose says:

      Hi Marco,

      Congratulations, you did it :-) !

      You will sure enjoy the unit. I wish I had more time to devote to it!

      73 JOSE EB5AGV

      • Hi Marco ik1odo, Congrats!
        Mine is still on the way …. with siomething wrong in the address!
        After the right address they added another italian city, but the postal code is very correct and it should work anyway… “;^) Murphy allowing it … ‘:°(
        Ciao!
        Augusto i2jjr ecc

  201. George KA3HSW says:

    Pre-login did not work for me last time, so I typed my PayPal password in Notepad , highlighted it & hit CTRL-C. I already had a sufficient balance transferred to my PayPal account ahead of time, so when I hit “Buy Now” at the stroke of 22:00, hit CTRL-V to paste my password into the PayPal login page, and clicked “Pay Now”, I was successful. I think the main things are to be able to log in quickly, and to NOT have to select a funding source before hitting “Pay Now”.

  202. Guess I’m going to have to put this in my startup group if I’m ever going to get one (smile)
    What a great addition to my SDR-IQ

  203. Greg Stammers says:

    Hi Howard.

    My FunCube arrrived today, thank you very much.

    Now to find the time to experiment with it.

    Cheers, Greg.

  204. Achim DH2VA says:

    #405 arrived in HB9, thank you and best 73!

  205. Dommy I0NDL says:

    Yesterday morning arrived mine
    I have just upgraded the firmware to version 18f, all seem to be OK.
    Need time to make some test.
    Tnx Howard,

    Cheers
    Dommy

  206. Raul Ortega Valera says:

    Hi Howard

    I have not received the FunCube, if you can please send me the locator.

    Thanks and regards
    Raul (EA4BCR)

  207. Karsten DO1ODW says:

    Airsure works much better last Batches :)
    Paypal Sucks :(
    Seems HB9 is the first outside UK @ the Moment.
    Last running 3 Days to me. This one is still on the Air!
    Nice Weekend!

  208. Michael DL3YCW says:

    I received #388 at noon. Tonight I was able to
    make some attempts. Thank you Howard for the excellent work.
    73, Michael

  209. David Morgan says:

    Hi how will I know when you are taking orders for / selling the next batch ??
    I hope you have some for sale before the end of Feb 2011
    David

    • admin says:

      Hello David

      It depends when I receive the next batch from the manufacturers. There were meant to be some on Friday 11th, but now I am told Thursday 17th. I think it’s only safe to present a new date when I actually have the units here and have had a chance to test them. At that point I will be able to indicate whether or not we’ll have some for sale on the weekend of 19/20. Testing 100 units is only half a day’s work, and at that point I’ll be in a position to put them up for sale, but I do need another 1.5 days to perform rework, fix and retest on that volume of units.

      So assuming I receive them on Thursday, I be in a position to indicate the time of the next sale within half a day of that.

      Howard

  210. DO1ODW Karsten says:

    I received #432 at yesterday afternoon
    Thanks again Howard

  211. DL6SH Slawek says:

    just received my own EME signal in QRP mode with my new FunCube, too.
    Signal Noise ratio 4..6 dB no problem. Using 4.8m dish and lna on 1296 MHZ. Excellent device!
    73, Slawek

  212. Stephen D. Martin says:

    received #390 this afternoon. Thanks Howard.

    Stephen

  213. David Hopkins (VK4ZF) says:

    Howard,
    Funcube arrived in the mail on Tuesday.

    My son’s (VK4FMDH) arrived the next day.

    Many thanks

    David (VK4ZF)

  214. Hi Howard, FCD Serial # 433 arrived right now . Many thanks , today I will find some minute to have a first test with it ! Fun begins…
    73 de Augusto i2jjr / hb9tza
    PS next week, A.A.W. : II2ANT & II2ANT/p , WAP-030

  215. Hi. Great job with the Fun Cube Dongle.

    Any ideas on the final date for next batch to be available?.

    Thanks.

  216. Hi Howard,

    FCD # 413 just arrived at my door.

    Thanks!

  217. JoeC says:

    SN-317 arrived in snowy Eastern Pennsylvania, USA on Wednesday Feb. 16

    Thanks Howard.

  218. steveW says:

    Unit arrived in bootloader mode. and no matter what firmware I use it stays there. This is unde W7/64 and under XP. Looks like the upload works and verifies. Then reset to appmode, shows reset code of 204 and we are back in BootLoader mode. Anyone have a recommendation how to fix this?

    Thanks

    • admin says:

      Stephan

      I’ve sent you an email, but I fear you have a DoA from the detail you wrote in your email to me. If you send it back and email me soe form of proof of mailing I will send you a replacement immediately without waiting for the original unit to arrive here.

      I am sorry for the problem that you’re having. The unit would have had to have successfully gone through three separate sensitivity tests, so this should be a rare and unfortunate occurance.

      Howard

  219. FrenchSWL says:

    Hello from France

    Superb project, I am very interested by by the FUNcube satellite project and the Funcube Dongle but I did not have a Paypal account and do not wish to create one, is there the possibility of another means of payment (checks, international money transfer etc.) .. … than Paypal or credit card ?
    I’m looking forward to having my FunCube dongle and plug it into my computer, so how to pay, is it possible to send you a check or one international bank transfer ?
    Thank you for your attention to my subject and congratulations for your wonderful Project work, the video production is fantastic :)

  220. Yes! Got in on this sale– I’ve been waiting all week to get this. Very much looking forward to trying it out!

  221. Ricardo EA1APM says:

    I think I succeeded. Tnx for the good work.

  222. Steve says:

    Hi Howard,

    I started my payment exactly at 22:00 UTC, but after I had changed my payment method it was sold out…

    It doesn’t take a minute until everything was sold…

    Waiting for next batch….

    73de DL2SKY aka Steve

  223. Brett Ruiz PJ2BR says:

    Hi Howard,

    I tried ordering, on 22:00 UTC, and I got the Sold Out message.
    That didn’t take long to sell out, hi.

    Please let me know on the next batch.

    73 de Brett, PJ2BR

  224. Boban EA2DVR says:

    Hi there,
    I did it
    73 thanks

  225. I received a email from paypal that I have a order.

    73, Gose

  226. Silvio, ct1bpt says:

    Hi Howard, 73s!
    Finally success at purchase. Now I’m waiting to test the wonderful “pen”!
    All the best from Portugal, 73s!
    Silvio, ct1bpt

  227. Kevin VK0KEV says:

    5 seconds after 2200 UTC and I was directed to the PayPal login page, by the time that loaded the units were sold out!!

    Looks like one needs to be on ADSL and not a satellite link from Antarctica :)

  228. André PE1NLZ says:

    I have one!!!!! I am happy !!!!!!!
    It is fore my 2.4mtr antenne disk.

  229. Jim says:

    I was so happy that I got to the PayPal payment page and right after I changed the payment option, up popped the out of stock message before I completed the transaction. Less than 2 minutes to sold out. Obviously there is a massive market for these receivers.

    Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time around.

    73

    Jim KA0IQT

  230. I managed to buy one this time. It was #0001 unit after 3 seconds of the start of this batch sale.

    I hope it will arrive soon to play with. By the way it is the first item which will be delivered to my Country.

    TA2T, Tahir

  231. John PA7JB says:

    I got the second one i think.
    I will wait and see what is in me postbox this week.
    Thanks Howard.
    It is a nice thing what you have made

    73 John PA7JB

  232. Derek says:

    Any idea of next date ? I was to slow on the Paypal.

    ZS5Y

  233. Luc says:

    i was also to slow, hope that we don’t have to wait to long for the next delivery.

    ‘ 73 de ON7YU…Luc

  234. Mike says:

    Why don’t you just let people pay for their dongle and send it out when they are ready instead of this nonsense about only trying to order in the few seconds after they become available? That way people get their dongle in order of the time they made their order. A lot more sensible.

    I’d much rather pay for the dongle knowing at some timne in the future I will receive it, even if that may take weeks or months.

    • admin says:

      Hello Mike.

      I am sorry that you don’t like the way that the FCD is distributed at present. As already documented, it’s no secret that we’ve been completely surprised by the popularity of the FCD.

      Your point about taking money up front is understood, and it has also already been addressed here. From a personal perspective, I am not at all keen on taking money up front without being able to confidently give a date to everyone when they will receive a FUNcube Dongle.

      Innevitably, if money is taken up front, I will be spending time individually anwering a multitude of questions about when I think individuals can expect their FCD. I am sure some people will also want refunds if I say that they are, hypothetically, one or two months away. That is very time consuming and realistically we are not geared up logisitcally to handle this. As an example, I spoke to a retailer very recently about how they deal with pre-ordering, and it was explained to me that they have a full time employee just managing pre orders.

      I thought very, very long and hard about the distribution, and if you read through the many threads and comments on this blog about it, you’ll see that. As I say, we’ve been completely blown away by the response.

      Sadly it is not simply a matter of turning on a tap and miraculously thousands of FCDs appear. There is a lot of work to make that happen, getting the processes and QA right, and as time goes on the manufacturing has gradually been ramped up.

      As you can see, the time it takes to exhaust a batch is finally taking over a minute, so the pent up demand is already somewhat subsiding.

      I hope that this explains the situation, and I thank you for your enquiry.

      Howard

    • Web says:

      That makes too much sense, and removes all the pulse-pounding frustration and anger the builder seems to enjoy foisting upon his would-be buyers.

      I’m hoping to buy one second-hand some day when some other buyer gets tired of theirs. I’m sick and tired of playing “beat the clock”. But I want one, and I guess I have no other choice than to play this silly little game.

      This reminds me of a classroom bully with 10 pieces of gum and 11 friends. Hmmm….. what can be done to make sure that the one guy who misses out doesn’t get too frustrated and keeps coming back? One of my teachers always told me that if I couldn’t bring enough gum to class for everyone, then I was not entitled to chew gum either. Boy, was that a wasted lesson!

      • admin says:

        I am very sorry that you don’t like the current distribution arrangements.

        I can assure you that it has absolutely nothing to do with “enjoying foisting frustration and anger on would be buyers” and everything to do with attempting to manage something that would otherwise be a logisitcal disaster for a small one man band that, despite twenty years of successful trading, had never before done any retailing or manufacturing until a couple of months ago.

        I am sure you must understand that it is neither fair nor ethical to keep hold of individuals’ money for an indefinite amount of time until, at some time in the future, they get to the front of the queue.

        Although I accept that the current mechanism isn’t perfect by any means, I am sure that things will innevitably ease off. Again may I remind you that it is no secret that we completely underestimated the demand, and we’ve hardly been lucky with manufacturing either. Either way, manufacturing isn’t like a tap you can simply turn on and off on demand – I’ve learnt that very much the hard way.

        Howard

  235. Ondra OK1CDJ says:

    Hi, when will be next batch available for sale ??

    73 Ondra OK1CDJ

  236. Rolf Haenggi says:

    Please inform me if I orders can be placed.
    Regards
    rolf

    • admin says:

      Rolf,

      I will place a post on this site when the next FCDs will be available, probably in the next few days.

      Howard

  237. A.K. says:

    Does not work. Server says “sold out”. :-(

  238. Randy K7AGE says:

    Hi

    Have the dongles from the Feb 20th sale reached the US yet?

    Waiting for my dongle.

    According to Murphy and his laws, since I have posted this message it means that to dongle will be sitting in my mailbox tonight.

    Randy
    K7AGE

    • Bruce KF1Z says:

      Randy,

      Someone just posted over in the Yahoo Group, that they got theirs in Ney York today.

      I’m in Vermont, and still waiting for mine.

      Bruce
      KF1Z

      • Larry says:

        Randy & Bruce,

        Just an FYI – mine was from the Feb 4 batch. I was seeing people receiving theirs all over the country before I received mine on the East Coast, and after I got that “lost in the mail” feeling. There doesn’t seem to be an even distribution throughout the country (East to West). Wait at least 3 weeks before you get nervous! Also, the tracking information is not the best – mine didn’t update showing that it arrived at the P.O. until the day it was delivered. Hope this helps your nerves a little…
        Larry

  239. Guillermo says:

    YUPI ! YUPI ! ….. I como on time tis time !. I’m very happy and excited to reciceive the unit bougth.

    Many thanks Howard. And Thanks for you work and brilliant idea.

    Regards
    Guillermo. From Spain (In fact I’m now in the top a snow mountain in Palencia-Spain)

  240. Luc says:

    YES YES YES !!! i have made it, one more for Belgium… :-) )

  241. Paolo - IZ1MLL says:

    The Paypal account says item N. 0001: I’m happy !!
    Now, I will wait all the necessary time for the shipping to Italy.
    Thanks Howard, good night :-)

    Paolo R.

  242. Steve says:

    Well, it seems now that it is easier to win the lottery than to get a dongle ;)
    A new try is scheduled for the next batch :)
    bye
    Steve

  243. Takao Arai says:

    Many thanks
    I got FUNcube Dongle Pro before thirtyseven minitues
    I am very happy today
    73 Taka JA1HCB

  244. Florent F4CWN says:

    Hi Howard,

    can you confirm you received my updated postal address for shipping dongle ?

    Thanks

    Florent, F4CWN.

  245. Bert Gonzalez says:

    So finally 252 unit has arrived to my QTH after 6 weeks (I think I got the record). Of course I’ve already made first test with a small wire as antenna receiving some broadcast stations with good results, so now gonna get a pigtail to make tests with external antenna. I’m very pleased with this nice little powerfull device. Well done Howard and hope to all that are waiting for their dongle get soon.
    PS: Won’t forget to Congrats to all the authors of the guides to config the small wonder. It makes a breeze to make the FUNcube get working very easy for newbees like me.

  246. F4CWN FLO says:

    Hi Howard,

    have you received my email about my wrong postal address in paypal when i bought the dongle on 4 March ?

    Please i need a reply to know

  247. Florent F4CWN says:

    Thank you.

  248. Luc says:

    Unit # 603 has/is arrived in Belgium, thanks Howard

    ‘ 73 de ON7YU…… Luc

  249. William Lewis KD6WQC says:

    I Guess they are all out. Tried to order 1 yesterday and today

    • Luc says:

      they were sold-out after 2 minutes on 4 march, you have to be very fast when they become available, it’s a matter of seconds…
      Goodluck

      ’73 Luc

  250. Paolo R. - IZ1MLL says:

    Hello Howard ,
    Thanks, this morning, the unit # 659 is arrived: everything ok, very good packaging.
    Fantastic, only 5 days from my order !!
    Good work to the team.
    73 de PR

  251. Carl KB2WWA says:

    I tried to roder today (3/11/2011) via PayPal and it stated that it was sold out. Anyone have any idea when they will be available?

  252. Pete says:

    Why is there VAT charged on postage? The price for Special Delivery up to 100g is 5.05 GBP and according to the Royal Mail website is exempt from VAT

    • admin says:

      Pete

      Please read the original post regarding this where it is specifically referred to.

      I am not a tax accountant but my accountant is, and it is stipulated in HMRC notice 700/24 that if you are selling goods and add on postage, then you add VAT irrespective of whether it’s exempt.

      It is nonsense to me too, but that is the way it works.

      Howard

  253. David Adams says:

    In case you are keeping records of delivery my FCD #577 arrived here in El Paso, Tx,USA on 03/09/2011. Got familiar on the 10th and upgraded the firmware with no hitch. Looks interesting. Thanks
    Dave Adams
    K5FOB

    • CRC says:

      When was yours ordered? I am waiting on one from the March 4 group. Did you receive any sort of tracking information? I received an order reference number but it’s not a tracking number.

      Thanks

      • admin says:

        CRC

        If you require a tracking number, please email me. I don’t generally release the tracking numbers unless we’ve gone over the target delivery time as it’s a completely manual process and we’ll almost certainly make errors rekeying. The Paypal/Royal Mail “integration” isn’t exactly seamless shall we say.

        Always delighted to give out tracking numbers and help after target delivery date.

        Howard

      • David Ada;ms says:

        My order was on Feb 20 2011 and the information I received for tracking was not a number the system recognized. I was about to write when I received the device. Hope you get yours ok.

        Dave Adams
        K5FOB

  254. Carl KB2WWA says:

    Wow! This is ridiculous. This is the 3rd time I tried purchasing the unit and it is sold out!! Can I prepay and have you send me one when they are made? I seem to be outpurchased by people who either have more than one computer or faster and smarter than me!!! Again, I will prepay for it!

  255. Chris KB0TLW says:

    Great, I missed out again!

  256. Chris KB0TLW says:

    oh, @ 2200UTC.. Still, I may be on the road to get the wife by then. I’ll prepay right now as well if possible.

  257. Marcel says:

    Ordered on March 4th.
    Arrive on March 15th via Royal Mail to California. 11 days is not bad at all if you asked me!

    Just setting up #665 today and she’s working great! Keep up the great work Howard and good luck to everyone out there trying to get one.

    Also, check out the QST Article on page 96 of the April edition, these are hotter than Taylor Swift Concert tickets! Well done! =)

  258. Mike says:

    Good luck all.

  259. DL2SKY says:

    Yes, I made it :)

    • DL2SKY says:

      My FuncubeDongle S/N #760 has arrived today.
      By subtracting Sunday, it took just to days to until it was in Bavaria.

      73de DL2SKY

  260. KD0NEV says:

    Well, I almost got one; I was all the way to confirming my payment when they sold out.

  261. Rudy says:

    Got one this time! Took me about 45 seconds to order it, even typed my password wrong the first time.

  262. Muiz Motani says:

    I can’t believe it. It sold out in less than 2 minutes, while I was processing my PayPal payment. There has GOT to be a better way.

  263. Andy says:

    This is ridiculous. Impossible unless you have a fast connection as PayPal takes so long to confirm.

  264. michael says:

    What is going on? I synchronized my clock at 2155 UTC with NIST time server. I clicked on ORDER at the stroke of 2200 UTC, entered my PayPal password, clicked OK and THEN it said sold out!!!! !#^$!@
    I don’t think I could have done it any faster!
    Was there a mistake or did you actually sell out?

  265. Derek ZS5Y says:

    I finaly got in tonaght and the order is in ! Cant wait to start playing.

    Thanks Howard

  266. Pete WG2J says:

    Sold out in under 2 minutes!!! I couldn’t type fast enough! Maybe next time :-(

  267. Brian, WA1ZMS says:

    So how long did the sale run this time until sold out? I seemed like less than 2 mins!

  268. George Foss says:

    Your site is not clear that the merchant will only take cash.

    My PayPal account is keyed to my credit card, and I got in with time to spare, but the merchant rejected the order.

    I respectfully suggest this be spelled out.

    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      George

      I don’t understand? I do not specify any payment method to Paypal. I am absolutely sure that it takes credit cards, I ran a test transaction myself today. What was the nature of the rejection?

      Howard

      • George Foss says:

        Hi Howard,

        If you would like to set up a test order (no product, just testing), please contact me at my e-mail address that you have.

        My PayPal is keyed to an AMEX card; perhaps that was the problem. In any case, at 22:00:05 (or :06) the merchant rejected the order.

        Best, George

        • admin says:

          George,

          This will take some time to set up, as an example today’s button took me three hours to setup and test. I don’t understand this “merchant rejected” are you sure that is not Paypal as a merchant rather than me? I make no preference, indeed, I use Amex cards as the primary funding sources on my business and personal Paypal accounts.

          Do you by any chance have a print screen of what happened (with appropriate personal info removed) that you could email to me so I can try to understand the message?

          Howard

          • George Foss says:

            Howard,

            I wish I could accommodate your request, however, in the situation presented by having to watch a UTC clock count down to 22:00:00 and then push Send, I was unable to save what I saw.

            It was the merchant (name begins with “H”) that rejected the order…..

            Best, George Foss, N1PP

          • admin says:

            George,

            Did it say something like this? http://www.funcubedongle.com/MyImages/fcerror001.PNG

            If so, you probably did not select a mailing zone from the drop down list box.

            I know it’s not very user friendly, but I have had a problem with people not selecting the correct mailing/taxation area in the past which makes the paperwork very difficult, not to mention trying to get some folks to respond to request to pay their underpayment (I used to mail before checking this).

            To stop this I deliberatey made the first item in the list box fire a zero payment which gives the above error. This forces the buyer to make a conscious choice on their delivery zone.

            Howard

  269. Roel says:

    Huh 22:03 and already sold out?

  270. Jiri OK1MWW says:

    I hope, I was sucesfull today. How it will be confirmed ?
    The money leave my PayPall account already.

  271. Rick, PE2AAB says:

    Got One!

    I thought it was sold out by 22:00:30 UTC

    Greetings,
    Rick, PE2AAB

  272. Jalil KC2YYY says:

    Did this just sell out in less than a minute? I clicked on buy, after second or third try (I started trying half a minute before the time) I was asked to login to Paypal even when I was already logged in. I select the credit card and submit the order and got sold out message!!! All this in less than a minute after the sale started! When is the next lot going on sale? Very curious to know…

  273. Christos Kondylis says:

    I can not believe you were sold out in 1 min today as my my Paypal told me when I logged on to pay for it. I am so upset with this process that I will no longer attempt to buy this. Beware there are many like me ready to buy the next copycat version of this who are no 16 year olds waiting with the joystick for the right time to press enter and can not compete on that basis.

    • admin says:

      Christos

      I am working as hard as I can. In fact, as well as ordering a further 500 from the manufacturer this week, half of the units on sale today were hand built by myself in a concerted effort to further try to fulfil demand.

      I am sorry that you and others were not successful, but many others were. I agree it’s not perfect, but we have gone through the process again and again and I cannot think of a better way to do it.

      If I had a “list”, instead of building those extra units myself, I would have spent that all that time chasing up people for payment on the list.

      Again I am very sorry that you were unsuccessful this time.

      Howard

  274. Garrett WB6JNR says:

    Oh well….Watched the clock all day and then the boss called @2158Z and by 2202 they were gone! It will be interesting (frustrating?) to see how fast they went this time.

  275. Cyrille says:

    Hi all

    I ‘ve got number 001 tonightat 22h00 but paypal seems not done the entire paiement… at 22h01

    May be it is necessary to go very fast to click onto the “pay button” when Paypal page arrive ???
    Very curious thing !

    How does this system work ???

    73 Cyrille F8CED.

  276. JR says:

    I clicked “Buy now” at 22:00:10UTC, quickly logged on and confirmed the payment, but I haven’t received a confirmation email and the transaction doesn’t show up on Paypal’s list? What is going on?

    • admin says:

      JR, I suspect that in between attempting to purchase an FCD and final confirmation the inventory was exhausted.

      It’s not exactly great on this side of the fence either: Paypal oversold my inventory by seven units, I am going to have to quickly build a few extra units tonight.

      Howard

  277. PD7R - Roel says:

    Well, I started clicking around 22:00, could log in to Paypal but missed it in the end. Sold out in the first 30 seconds, I will try again next time. Thanks anyway Howard for doing such a great job for the community, I am following this whole project with great interest. I guess you probably won’t be looking forward to shipping all those units ;-)

    Roel.

  278. George Foss says:

    Howard,

    Back to you about the order rejection by the merchant due to the use of a credit card. It was Halencrest (sp) as the link you sent shows, but the error message (next to the !) said that credit cards (type not specified) were not being accepted.

    I carefully looked up the postal zone for the USA, and entered “Zone #2″ in the block.

    Please test this out when you can; I know you’re busy now…….

    If it has to be cash, I suspect that our friends at PayPal will charge to issue cash advances from a credit card. That’s a pretty expensive form of finance.

    I look forward to being by a computer at the next sale, and would appreciate a reply if the PayPal account has to be configured for a cash payment.

    Sincerely,

    George N1PP

  279. Fred says:

    FedEx and UPS brokerage fees kill us in Canada and sometimes are half the price of th e item we have purchased. All thanks to privitization. Do we have the option of regular postage?

    • admin says:

      Fred,

      I am very sorry, we’re not really set up to be able to offer multiple options on delivery. It might sound simple enough, but you try packaging and distributing 150 units in a day! ;-)

      Plus, if I offer an option for the post office service, then we will still end up spending hours every day tracking down units on behalf of people, just what we were trying to avoid.

      Howard

  280. Alex says:

    Perhaps you should just put the next batch up for sale without any pre-announcement. Those with slow internet connections and slow fingers might have a chance.

  281. urvin p laperriere says:

    how do i order

  282. Russ Stewart says:

    Hi Howard and thanks for all you time and effort but this is the third time I have tried with no success !

    What exactly is wrong with taking normal orders and working through a list ???
    Messages on the BB could give notice when to make payment and keep ‘punters’ informed of progress. Also you would also know exactly how many to produce and when.

    As others have commented, I will not play this daft computer game anymore and will look for an alternative SDR solution.

    rgards de Russ …. G4PBP

    • admin says:

      Hi Russ

      I am very sorry you have not been successful.

      The reason I have no list is purely down to the amount of time it would take to manage such a list. It might not sound much, but let’s say I have 500 people on the “list” and 100 units turn up. I then have to try to individually contact the next 100 people on the list. How long do I wait for a reply? What if my email or their response ends up in spam? I am bound to upset someone.

      To be honest I expected demand to have tailed off by now. Believe me although it is great that the FCD is very popular, it will be no fun trying to chase up 100 individuals for payment.

      At the moment, as you know, all the units I make sell out. However, manufacturing, I have discovered, is not like turning on a tap. Getting the process right takes time. Once it’s right we can increase throughput. Already we’ve made some changes for the next batch, for example all parts are now on one side of the board, and there is also now no need to perform any rework (that I know of!).

      For information I have just started investigating another method that involves taking a “tentative” card payment, but it is early days and I am not sure about the logisitics of how that will work.

      Howard

  283. Alan Melia says:

    To those getting PayPal rejections can I suggest you check your PayPal account. Is the card still valid or has it expired without you noticing. Is it fully validated. What kind of account do you have. It is probable that your card provider refused to fund PayPal. Remember over 1500 of us have successfully used credit card payment so there cannot be anything wrong with the system. The PayPal system drops back to the Bank Account and issues a cheque in some of these cases. That would not be quick enough.

    Keep trying it is worth waiting for.

    • Russ stewart says:

      Hi Alan. my 3 failures are not due to any PayPal problem.

      I made 4x successful Ebay transactions via PayPal this week. Confirmation of these transactions arrived in just a few seconds. Best I can do in the ‘bottleneck’ that is the West Midlands.

      Russ …. G4PBP

  284. Matt Parkinson says:

    I could have swore that I was on the ordering list Sold out already I see one on Ebay he wants 300.00 just to start out as.
    When will the next Batch be ready this time if any more are being made.
    Thanks Matt Parkinson

  285. Dan PA2LA says:

    If the ready build version of the dongle is sold every time in less than one minute, do you think that FUNcube UK team could make available also a kit version ? Thus, those having the required SMD soldering skills could build their dongle. Otherwise, every time will remain a significant group of enthusiasts outside of the buying group, which is pity.

  286. Jan PB0AEZ says:

    Howard.
    Thanks for the quick respons. Got the dongel last friday.
    it works great

    thanks

    Jan
    unit 642

  287. Rudy - PA2O says:

    Mine has already arrived. It’s from the last batch (march 16th 2011). Thank you very much for the quick delivery and good packaging! I think I’m going to test it now.. ;-)

  288. Rick, PE2AAB says:

    Dr Howard,

    I received a ‘Wrong Address’ announcement of FedEx by entering my Track&Trace number. The unit is back to the local depot again. Can you mail me the address where the shipment was addressed to? I Call FedEx tomorrow to give them the missing info. Can’t figure out what’s wrong because my address, as posted on PayPal, is the right one.

    With kind regards,
    Rick, PE2AAB

    • admin says:

      Hi Rick

      I sent you an email with this information this morning including the details to your Paypal email address and a photo of your package with its mailing label – I have just resent it.

      Howard

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  290. Fred Hatfield says:

    I have looked throughout the site and cannot find a “Buy Now” button as mentioned in the “How to order” message — where is it?
    Fred Hatfield K8VDU

  291. Simon says:

    Hello Howard,

    Do I take it that the “Buy now” button will be activated nearer to the sale time?

    Regards,

    Simon.

    • admin says:

      Hello Simon,

      Yes I realised this morning that some HTML hacking I’d done a few days ago to update the pricing had broken the button. It should be showing now.

      Many thanks, Howard

  292. Jerry Owen says:

    How could 500 units sell out in less than 1 minute? I was on between 2100 and 2101 and got the sold out message.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jerry

      I am very sorry you weren’t in luck on this occasion.

      These were the first batch of units from my order for another 500 from the assembler: I placed 105 in Paypal expecting it to over sell (I had a few more), but for some reason it did not, so I will place the extra units into the next sale in a week to ten days.

      Howard

  293. Lars says:

    Hi Howard … (hope you remember me from old sseti express times)
    when is the next sale …
    will there be more then 500 units ?
    since if the pressure is that high that 1 min is enought to sell 500 units …
    I tried 2 min after the time … by hand … and have been too late … perhaps next time I’ll try a web-agent based system … hitting the buy button just in time …

    73
    Lars

    • admin says:

      Hello Lars

      There were only 106 units that I sold in this last sale: I have another 500 on order from the assembler, but I am sent them at regular intervals, hopefully at the rate of 100/week.

      Sorry, 2 minutes is too late at the moment :-( the demand remains unexpectedly high.

      Howard

  294. Lars says:

    cool please keep on producing :)
    you are doing a great job!!

  295. Lars says:

    cool please keep on producing :)
    you are doing a great job!!

  296. Rick Johnson says:

    Foolish question perhaps, but why not just put an order location on the page with an estimated ship delay? That way, you would know your demand and neither over-order nor under-order your materials. You could still keep paypal as only payment option and your shipping would operate less like a Dutch auction. It would still be be first in, first out.
    I look forward to ordering but I cannot hover on a site waiting to hope I will be able to buy.

    • admin says:

      Hi Rick

      Right now we are unable to make enough for demand, we are trying to increase production, but I learned the hard way that manufacturing is not a tap you switch on and off. It takes planning, and we are making every effort to increase volume while maintaining quality control.

      If I am to take orders up front without payment then I will have to employ someone to manage that process, chasing up payment and managing the queue. This is definitely not a trivial amount of work. And I can only try to imagine the problem we would have if emails end up in spam folders.

      If I take money up front then I am not at all comfortable with this, as the effort then turns into managing expectations based on non-existent inventory. Manufacturing I have discovered is big on promises and lacking in delivery. I know what I can do, but I cannot get guarantees from manufacturers, only anticipated delivery dates. To add to this, Paypal takes a very dim view of selling things that don’t exist: they’re a difficult enough outfit to deal with as a seller as it is.

      I know it’s not perfect, and I am sorry you’ve not been successful. It is no secret that we did not anticipate this level of demand, and trying to gear ourselves up for it has turned into a full time job in itself. But in the meantime I do thank you for your patience.

      Howard

  297. Bob, WB4SON says:

    At about 21:02 UTC I got through the PayPal confirmation page (having pressed the complete transaction button), and was presented with a screen similar to what I saw earlier that the unit was sold out.

    I presume that means my order did not go through and they sold out within a few minutes?

    Until next time, then! 73, Bob, WB4SON

    • admin says:

      Hello Bob

      Check your Paypal account: if you have been successful, it will be on there.

      If not, I am sorry, our inventory ran dry during the process: we had over one hundred orders in about 90 seconds and at this rate it is not uncommon for orders not to complete by the time the final confirmation occurs, as others have completed earlier.

      I thank you for your patience: we will have some more, tentatively I believe this time next week.

      Howard

  298. Phil Naranjo says:

    Hi Howard–

    Will the next batch of FUNcube Dongle Pros will be available on tonight, Tuesday 12 April 2011? I noticed that the PayPal link still indicates that you’ve sold out. I’m hoping I wasn’t too late to place an order.

    Thanks,
    –Phil

  299. Dennis says:

    I get a PayPal message that says:

    PayPal cannot process this transaction because of a problem with the seller’s website. Please contact the seller directly to resolve this problem.

    Help?

  300. Raul Romero says:

    YES …. Have One 21:00:10 try my pay

    after losing last 5 trials

    Raul
    CA3SOC

  301. Fred Hatfield says:

    Hi Rick:

    Unfortunately when I clicked on the Paypal button, it used my P.O. box address for shipping (PO box 52466, New Orleans, LA) and I couldn’t change it to my residence.
    Could you change it for me to Fred Hatfield, 1 Bourg Ct., Harahan, LA 70123? I know that the shipping companies won’t deliver to a P.O. Box but I didn’t get a chance to change it.
    Thanks!
    Fred K8VDU

  302. Wow! Fast work out there!!
    But odd time out here in VU – half past 2 – middle of the night!!
    Looks like I have to burn some MIDNIGHT oil and try my luck on 19th
    Wish me luck !!!

  303. Fred Hatfield says:

    Whoops! Another mistake…. My message about problem PO box address should be directed to admin! Hope it can be corrected before shipping…..

    Fred K8VDU

    • admin says:

      Hi Fred,

      I picked up your note last night, it has gone this morning. You should have received an email with the tracking number.

      Howard

  304. Fred Hatfield says:

    Just sent shipping payment for my order via Paypal.

    Fred Hatfield K8VDU
    1 Bourg Ct.
    Harahan, LA 70123

  305. John Bibby says:

    Is there a sale on the 19th April ?

  306. LZ4AU says:

    TNX #938

  307. F8FFP says:

    I can’t buy this evening .It is possible pay tomorow?

    • admin says:

      Hello

      If everything works out, we intend to have some more for Tuesday 26 April at the same time (2100UTC).

      Howard

  308. Fred Hatfield says:

    Received dongle okay! Thanks for your fast shipping….
    FRED K8VDU

  309. Sergey says:

    Hi Howard,
    I try to order, but get back with:

    Your item has sold out
    We’re sorry, the following item(s) isn’t available at this time:
    FUNcube Dongle Pro Calc Shipping
    Item number: 0001
    Options: Shipping zone: Zone 6

    Sergey

    • admin says:

      Hello Sergey:

      At the moment we are still unable to keep up with demand. We are trying to manufacture 100+ per week and the next sale is targetted for 26 April at 2100UTC if expected deliveries occur.

      Howard

  310. LA8AW - Odd-Egil says:

    Finally my turn – got it :-)
    Happy Easter Holiday to everyone…..

  311. Bob, WB4SON says:

    Third time’s the charm, as they say. I was able to buy one 4/19 @ 21:00 UTC

    Thanks Howard!!

    73, Bob, WB4SON

  312. 9H1RA- Ray Abela says:

    Ohhh yes and finally i managed to get one aswell, so another one goes to Malta :)
    73′s de Ray
    9H1RA

  313. Rich says:

    Wow, popularity has plummeted. It took more than five **minutes** to sell out this week.

  314. Sergey says:

    Just looking for new “green flag” up :-)

  315. Alex says:

    and when will next sale?

  316. F8FFP says:

    Howard

    it is difficult for me to be available during sale, for professional reasons. it is possible to reserve for me
    Dongle for the next order????

  317. F8FFP says:

    Thank’s Howard

    73′s

  318. Christian F1FAQ says:

    First test, a winner test !
    I was lucky, but prepared…
    Thanks Howard for what you do
    /F1FAQ

  319. James, KJ4QER says:

    CRAZY fast! Got order in only 2 days to the USA.
    Excellent shipping/packaging.
    Can’t wait to use.
    #1030

  320. Dear Howard
    With the timing of the sale and the Indian converted time – almost difficult to maintain the “Minute to minute” sked – lost out this time also.
    How I wish there could have been another way out :(
    BTW how many have been shippted to VU sofar???

    73 de Madhu

    • admin says:

      Hello Madhu

      There are six I believe in India.

      I am sorry about the timing for you. It was chosen as it covers 90+% of the customer base at reasonably sensible times including north America, western Europe, Japan and eastern Australasia. I seem to have the fewest complaints at this time of day.

      Judging from the last sale that took nearly 5 minutes, I believe that the initial rush is calming somewhat now so we look forward to a rather more calm outlook for the future.

      Howard

  321. Burns Fisher says:

    Fedex guy pulled into the yard this morning. Yay! It would have been here yesterday except it missed the plane from Memphis (there is a song there somewhere) by about an hour. Oh well…now I have Saturday to play with it without skipping work!

  322. I burnt the midnight oil – I think I have got it :)

    Regards
    Madhu

  323. Tõnis, ES5TF says:

    Seems, that my payment went through after hitting button 21:00:01 UTC and the number in PayPal is 0001 :-) I’ll be waiting for the FCD now…

  324. Date: 27-Apr-2011
    Time: 02:30:46 GMT+05:30
    Status: Completed

    Await to see my serial no. :)

  325. Harald Welte says:

    It seems like 1 hour after the sale started all units are sold out again.

    Why do you keep manufacturing such low quantities, if it is obvious the product has much higher demand than supply? Is it a problem financing it? You could take pre-paid pre-orders to counter that problem.

    I’ve been wanting to use the funcube dongle pro for months now. It’s really frustrating to see that it is so hard to get one :/

    • admin says:

      Hello Harald

      Thank you for your note. I am sorry thet you were unlucky. We are now manufacturing 100 every week. I am in the process of seeing if we can increase the volume further: please understand that we did not ever anticipate anywhere near this level of demand.

      The issues of taking prepayment and increasing production have been covered many times already in this blog. I understand your frustration, and I am sorry that you have been unsuccessful so far. Although it may not seem like it, I can tell you that it is easier to get one now than it ever has been. It will certainly ease with time.

      Howard

    • 3 mins is wat it took to get sold out :(
      But I was lucky :)

  326. Charlie K0TAN says:

    I have #791, rcvd a few weeks ago and tested it two days, and put it back in the box. It worked perfectly, but I need money for something else. If someone in the USA will PayPal me what I paid for it ($181) + $9 shipping = US$190, I’ll get it out US Mail or FedEX this week. replacezerowithnumeral KzeroTAN@ARRL.NET. Admin, if not allowed, apologies.

  327. krzysztof says:

    Hello
    I have for sale FCDpro item working and is tested I accept paypal only.I must sold becose nedd $ for another equipment.
    sq3fyk@gmail.com

    Thanks and sorry for the advertisement

  328. David Adams says:

    There seems to be a problem with the purchase times for FCD’s and I, not knowing what drives this time would suggest that changing the sales time for each sale could make it easier for some to get into the action. This could possibly reduce conflicts with jobs, sleep, school etc. Just a thought. I am enjoying my FCD and still learning alot about it. Thanks

    Dave Adams
    K5FOB

    • admin says:

      Hi Dave

      Well I tried all sorts of times and the 2100UTC time has the fewest complaints by quite a long way. This covers at least 95% of the market during what might be termed farily reasonable hours – between 0600 and 0000 local. The worst place to be is probably between Turkey and South East Asia where it’s still the middle of the night.

      We can just about fulfil all orders out of the door the following morning, but it is solid work through the rest of the evening until midnight and then again from 6am to make the next available Fedex run.

      Howard

  329. David Adams says:

    I did not know you had tried other times I guess I got into the FCD use late but I did have to try several times although this time is 3 in the afternoon. Thanks for the answer.

    Dave Adams
    K5FOB

  330. Gray says:

    OH YEAH!!! Got one baby!

  331. Miguel says:

    It would be nice to have a way to know when a sale has begun and when it is sold-out.

    • Rob says:

      Hi Miguel
      The start times of all the sales are updated on this site and the yahoo,Facebook and twitter sites.When the units are sold out you will receive a message saying so, when you try to purchase.

      keep an eye on http://www.funcubedongle.com/?page_id=286
      This will be updated with the next sale date in the next week.

      Rob
      M0TFO

      • Miguel says:

        The problem is before sale and after sale you get the same message “sold-out”, given sale time is under two minutes , there is no way to know when you have come too early or too late.

  332. PE5ED says:

    It is a kind of carnival, but in time you will succeed.
    Might be handier if the message itself was more descriptive, but still, in due time everyone will get one.

  333. Bilal, TA8A says:

    I went to order page (this page), I selected the zone at 20:50 UTC. Then I corrected the time of my computer using internet, opened the clock of my computer. I clicked the “Buy Now” button at the exact time when computer clock shows 21:00. Then I got one.
    73

  334. When can we order USB receivers

    • admin says:

      Hello Patrick

      Tentatively it will be on Thursday 12 or Friday 13 May depending on how well assembly goes: we’ve had a delay of nearly a week on the tuner chips I’m afraid.

      Howard

  335. George says:

    Used the following site to check time: http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/. When it hit the hour, hit the “buy now” button and went right to paypal. From there it was easy. Now it is just waiting for delivery. This was my first try at the sale.

    73s all
    George NV7Z

  336. Leon says:

    Hi, just went to order a dongle (Friday 13 May 2121UTC) and it says sold out. Have they sold out already or not gone on sale yet?

    Cheers

    Leon

  337. George Haneke says:

    Noticed on the PayPal email that the address used for my order contains a PO Box number. The street address is correct so please delete the PO Box. I live in a small town and have no home mail delivery so must have a PO Box to get mail. The postal peeps will not deliver mail that does not have the PO Box number. FED-EX and UPS want a street address. I try to keep them straight, but occasionally mess up. That is what I did here. Just cross out the box number and the address should work. Sorry for any inconvenience. 73s
    George NV7Z

  338. Ted says:

    What say you regarding the scalpers selling the Funcube dongles on eBay for $499 ?

    Do you allow more than one unit per purchase?

  339. Hans-Juergen says:

    Hi,
    I’m very interested in trying the funcubedongle. And As I see, a lot of other people are interested too. Is there no chance of producing more devices? I think it is ok, to pay before producing, so you’ ll have no risks.
    73, Hans-Juergen DD2HZ

    • admin says:

      Hello Han-Juergen

      We are trying to increase production, however we hit a problem with our tuner chip manufacturers last month and we had an unexpected ten day delay in production this month.

      Our assembler has managed to pick up from there and for the first time we now have stock awaiting final test and packaging, so I expect two sales this week.

      Howard

  340. John Greenwood G3KRZ says:

    Trying for six months but no success: now 72, but may be lucky before I die!

  341. Bruce says:

    Hi Howard,

    Just placed my order and realized it was with my PO Box shipping.
    I sent you an email with a corrected shipping address.
    Sorry for the mix up.

    Things must be calming down a bit. I’ve been watching all this time and they’ve always been gone in a blink of an eye. It was over an hour into this latest sale and I was still able to place a successful order.

    Thank you.

    73,
    Bruce W1SO

    • admin says:

      Hello Bruce

      Yes I have your email.

      Certainly, as at 2300UTC I still have six units out of 100 that I had available this evening.

      Howard

  342. Bob West says:

    Howard,
    Good to meet you at Dayton. I do not envy your self-inflicted
    burden in this. :-)
    I will keep trying, hopefully next time will be successful!
    Good luck & 73,
    Bob WA8YCD

    • admin says:

      Hello Bob

      You must have only just missed it! Still, at least I can now hold stock for more than a couple of minutes now. The last one went at 02:17UTC.

      Howard

  343. Peter Pe1chd says:

    Howard,
    Received my FCD this morning in the post. Finally, after several months, can join in the SDR fun. Thanks !
    Peter

  344. Jim Jerzycke says:

    GOT ONE!
    Now I just have to wait until it gets here.
    73, Jim KQ6EA

  345. Ed says:

    Sold out at UTC 21.15 :-(

  346. Shivaramakrishnan says:

    Namaste Anna !!! Howard Garu,

    I placed my order on 24th of may . I was wondering how long will it take to reach Hyderabad in India. i am just eagerly waiting to use it.

    thaks and lots of 73s

    Shivaramakrishnan

    • admin says:

      Hi Shivaramakrishnan

      It was sent Fedex International Priority. We had some difficulty placing your address electronically with Fedex so I had to do a manually written address: this is the first time we’ve had to do this, we can usually fix the addresses that Fedex rejects but it’s quite time consuming! The tracking details for your package show that it was delivered on May 30. Email me directly if you are still missing the package.

      Howard

  347. Fred says:

    Paypal is down :(

  348. Chris says:

    Got a receipt for one, 2nd try. Looks like those guys on EBAY are going to be bummed.

  349. Ian MacFarquhar says:

    It’s May 31st. I tired to order one. Paypal says it is sold out. Is this correct ?
    Ian VE9IM
    1st Vice President
    Radio Amateurs of Canada

    • admin says:

      Hello Ian

      I am sorry, we sold out last night about 50 minutes after the start. I am due to have some more next Tuesday 7 June 2100UTC.

      Howard

  350. I also missed out :(

    Looking forward to another batch though!

  351. Walter Endlich says:

    Hello and good afternoon,
    for the next batch of funcubes (most advanced version), I should like to place an order. Since I do not participate in paypall(?), I would make an advanve payment when the new units are available.
    Best 73 and kind regards,
    Walter, DL9FCF, ON8AA, PA0GJA

  352. Mike says:

    There is currently one for sale on Ebay for $200 for those who have not been able to order one here.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-SDR-FUNcube-Dongle-PRO-v1-0-/120731171926?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c1c237c56#ht_500wt_1156

    Another one for sale there but guy wants $500? That’s a bit out of line if you ask me.

  353. 2E0ERP says:

    That’s nuts, sold out in seconds?

  354. Andy M says:

    Hi Howard, Just sent you an email re a minor glitch in my address. Thankyou for all your efforts. Well done!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Andy

      Sorry I don’t see any email from you in my inbox or spam: did you use the same email addresses (to and from)? You should have received a tracking number from me already.

      Howard

  355. jos says:

    Good morning,
    Yesterday evening from 19.00 until 23.00 utc i tried to buy one, i recieved the whole evening “item soldout” message.
    what is the status, is every item realy sold out? I tried this morning but the same result

    • admin says:

      Hello Jos

      I am sorry, we sold out in about 90s. I am due over 130 next week. Once I know the delivery date from my assembler, I will anounce next availability on this site.

      Howard

  356. Stephen says:

    Howard

    Under shipping, what does EC and non-EC mean?

    Thanks
    Stephen

    • admin says:

      Hello Stephen

      If your Paypal registered shipping address is within the European Community (EC), then VAT at 20% is added into the cost when you purchase. If the address is not in the EC, there is no VAT added.

      Howard

  357. Kenny says:

    Let us look how fast will today all sold out.

  358. Lars Mehnen says:

    this is still crazy how fast this thing sells …
    and the dongles can be found on ebay for 3-4 times the prize … something is wrong here … howard -can you bring some dongles to the amsat uk colloquium?

  359. Michael Wright says:

    Perhaps someone can answer this question. I was all set to place my order, selected correct zone, ready for paypal payment after pressing “buy now” but instead of seeing a paypal log-in, I saw “place order with credit card.” I quickly entered my info, clicked the button and it came back “credit card not valid in paypal” (or something like that). But then it was too late, all sold out. When or where is the paypal log-in?

    • admin says:

      Hello Michael

      If it’s sold out by the time you reach the final page, it should tell you.

      I am aware of at least one situation where a US bank isssued card would not work paying a non-US Paypal account, and the cardholder after a lot of investigation on their part (and denial from the bank of any such limitation I am sure!) managed to get their bank to temporarily lift that restriction to allow the sale.

      Howard

      • Michael Wright says:

        I can pay using paypal but I never saw a paypal login appear.

      • Michael Wright says:

        Here is how I successfully purchased and be able to log into Paypal which I could not on my previous attempts. Before purchase I selected appropriate shipping zone. I logged into paypal on a second window. I had a third window displaying realtime UTC, as soon as 2100 hit, I went back to the first window and hit “buy now” button. With my account and password on a Notepad window, I copy/paste (save time of not typing each character) and was able to make purchase.

  360. Lars says:

    sold out again …
    normal filling in the forms by hand doesn’t work :(
    Howard … can you bring some dongles to the colloquium ?

    • admin says:

      Lars

      If I have some then yes, I will bring them. The production schedule has suffered siome glitches in the past few weeks. If the revised schedule can be achieved then I should have some.

      Howard

  361. Todd Brown says:

    Actually had the day off so maybe I could order, but was sold out by the time I finished entering the info. Oh well, guess I’ll get a “real” radio to go with my SDR-IQ for the VHF stuff.

  362. Mick Cleary says:

    Wow, though I had managed to buy a dongle, but obviously took to long to fill in the form. How many were for sale? When will the next batch be available.

    G7RRP

    • admin says:

      Mick,

      Sorry you were unlucky this time, I hope to have some more next Tuesday.

      Howard

      • Mick says:

        I do hope so, I am looking forward to exploring the Funcube dongle, and seeing how I could be used at our club to improve operating.

        G7RRP

  363. Tobias says:

    Hello,

    I wanted to buy a FunCube today. Unfortunately constantly get the message that no more are available. Have waited up to 21 a clock. Am I doing something wrong?

    • admin says:

      Hello Tobias

      I believe that 2100UTC is 2300 local in Germany, was this the time that you tried?

      Howard

  364. Lars says:

    hopefully made it this time :)

    Lars Mehnen
    OE3HMW

  365. Dez OM5NA says:

    It seems I got one… Tried two times…

    VY 73!

    Dez, OM5NA

  366. Rick Johnson says:

    can I order one?
    K4LCO

  367. Rick Johnson says:

    I tried the Buy Now button but it wanted a coment only

    • admin says:

      Hello Rick,

      Not sure what the problem is – I just ran a test transaction here and it proceeded OK. Have you selected a delivery zone prior to hitting the button? If so, how far does it get before it required a comment, and what was the test of the question regarding the comment that it was asking?

      Howard

  368. Donald Cowden says:

    Thanks Howard

  369. Rick Johnson says:

    Things worked OK with Paypal and order this a.m. Perhaps the computer at work didn’t like Paypal. K4LCO Rick.

  370. Gerd says:

    Sunday ordered and PainPal paid – Tuesday 10:15 Am arrived in Munich – Germany

    The world is a smal village………

    Thank you

    Howard

  371. Frank says:

    Was there a problem with ordering today or did all units sell out immediately?

  372. Michael Farrell says:

    Wonder why you have to leave a comment to buy one? Happy holiday.

    • Michael Farrell says:

      Howard, the Paypal link is wrong! The reason you’re not sold out is that the paypal link has picked up the link to the ‘Post Comment’ button. Couldn’t believe I’d got lucky at last… Any chance you’d email me when you’ve fixed it in case you still have stock and haven’t taken off yet please?

    • admin says:

      Hello Michael

      Appears to be a compatibility issue between the Catcha I was using and IE. I believe it is fixed now (different Turing test used for comments).

      Thank you, Howard

  373. Lakshman Bijanki says:

    The “Buy Now” button seems to to point to the comments posting page. Unable to order at this time.

    • admin says:

      Hmm confused, it seems to work OK here and I have had someone else try it over the phone and it seems OK. I have just added a “Quick order” menu item, can you try that please?

      Thank you, Howard

      • Lakshman Bijanki says:

        Thanks Howard.
        After my note, I tried from my iPhone and managed to complete the order. Happy I made it!

        On the desktop, the link still seems to point to “post a comment”. Weird.

        73 de Lucky / VU2LBW

        • admin says:

          Hi Lakshman,

          What OS/browser combination are you using when you receive the error?

          Howard

          • Lakshman Bijanki says:

            Hi Howard, I have WinXP Pro SP3 running on my laptop and the browser is IE 7.x

            The “Buy Now” button along with the other logos appears right at the bottom of the page after all the comments. The graphics seem be pixelating too.

            But, on Safari on the iPhone, the “Buy Now” button appeared next to the pull-down to select a zone. This button worked.

            73 de Lucky / VU2LBW

  374. Richard Ferryman says:

    What should the paypal link be? Can it be entered manually? All I have been getting for this last day or so is ‘post a comment’
    Dick G4BBH

    • admin says:

      Hello Richard

      Have you tried the “Quick order” menu item as an alternative? It’s not a simple link, there’s a bunch of code in there to link with the zone drop down.

      Howard

  375. Michael Farrell says:

    In my case, it’s the Internet Explorer that’s at fault. When I installed Firefox just now, a button – invisible in IE – appeared and linked to the Paypal page. It should be underneath the region select box and above the list of countries and all comments. The graphic at the button just adds comments.

    For REGION 2 purchasers, this seems to be where it’s pointed…
    https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=0gFMc9z6AaqCwd1PYQe3S6o_W8uLem-Oocz0F6eFKd2QTwB5tUGIC9eNiym&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b61f737ba21b08198d7f14ce3f1c1eb3b719ca749cb816560

    but it’s all sold out again :(

    Ho hum.

    • Michael Farrell says:

      And the link won’t work as posted either. It isn’t authorised properly by the website.

      What are these vacation things anyway…?
      [Drums nails ;) ]
      michaelF

  376. David Adams says:

    just a note to let you know delivery was very prompt and all appears ok. Will test dongle soon. Thanks

    Dave Adams
    K5FOB

  377. Rick Johnson says:

    Similar issues prior – the work computer has IE & XP and it pixilated. (Still does today.) Also went to Post Comment. Home laptop has Firefox and Win 7.x and everything looked and worked normally. Order & paypal went through – awaiting arrival in Virginia, US soon.

  378. Guy Waybright says:

    I would like to purchase a FunCube Pro

    • admin says:

      Hi Guy

      Units are currently available: choose the “Order your FUNcube Dongle Pro” menu item.

      Many thanks, Howard

  379. Roland Zucchini says:

    too late

  380. Marcus says:

    Did you have a nice vacation;-)?
    Still sold out on pay pall??
    When wil you have a next batch?

    greetz

    Marcus

    • admin says:

      Hello Marcus

      Yes, apologies, I had some left over from before my vacation. As I write this (0408UTC 27 July) we have just added further inventory.

      Thank you, Howard

  381. Brian Jones says:

    Rats! – opened Paypal page and had one ordered, then got distracted before I could finish the transaction. Paypal timed out and now they are out of stock. Bad luck or what!

    Hope it’s not too long before new stock.

    Brian

    • admin says:

      Hello Brian

      I am testing some more now, I hope to have some more ready later today (28 July).

      Many thanks, Howard

  382. Frank says:

    When did the inventory hit zero today? Check from work just after 2100 UTC – no joy.

    Thanks – Frank

    • admin says:

      Hello Frank

      Sorry that you had no luck.

      The last unit went at 22:37UTC. There were units still available from 15:20UTC, and we also saw a number of orders coming through at 21:00UTC.

      What time zone are you in?

      Howard

      • Frank says:

        Howard -
        EDT, I clearly understand time zones/UTC. Tried from both IE & Firefox, on a couple of systems, and on differently peered Internet connections. Select zone 2 shipping, always saw no inventory, checking a couple of times during the period that you mention.

        • admin says:

          Hello Frank

          I am not sure what happened in your case: I can categorically tell you that several people were successful at ordering both directly before and directly after 2100UTC, which is 5pm EDT.

          Howard

  383. Kevin Smith says:

    I am always just hours late in placing an order. I look forward to you having a permanent inventory available. I’ve so looked forward to obtaining your product. one of these times I will be successful. Thanks for the effort.

    73,

    Kevin, N3HKQ

    • admin says:

      Hello Kevin

      Yes, sorry about that. The good news is that my assembler is now up to speed and I have about 70 (untested) units in stock. There are a further 270 or so untested units arriving on Monday. I will have more on Monday ready to go out.

      Many thanks, Howard

  384. Sandro says:

    Hello Everyone,

    I just received my FCD, serial 0002122. After some trying with the different frequency apps i found that only FCHid003 worked.
    Checked firmware version as described in update guide, found it to be “18b or 18c”. Upgrading to 18f made FCHID006 and QTHID 3.0 work.

    Hope this helps other people with similar problems.

    Now I’m playing happily with gnuradio.

    Great device, many thanks Howard.

    All the best,
    Sandro

  385. Lorenz Walder says:

    Dear All,
    I have “ordered” a funcube dongle on 1st of August from my netbook. Maybe I missed on the small screen a question/answer, e.g. “phone number, email” or similar. Anyhow, paypal shows now 134,59 GBP withdrawn. Thus I asume money transfer is ok, but so far I have no confirmation by email. Could you please confirm if everything is correct with my order ?
    Best regards
    Lorenz Walder

  386. Marcin Stolarski says:

    Hallo.
    I just buy one :)
    Is this possible to get invoice to different address, (company)name and VAT number then I have in PayPal?
    Is this possible to send it to different address then I have in PayPal?

    Regards
    Marcin Stolarski

  387. Ian Webb says:

    Hi,
    I received my FunCube Pro on Monday, I have now been messing around for 3 days with many different pieces of software to drive/work with the unit eg. SDRadio, HDSDR, Spectravue, Rocky, WRplus, to name but a few and still I can not get a signal/sound out of it. I have installed ver 18i firmware etc. to say I am not happy is an understatement !!!!. Can I please be pointed in the right direction, as far as I can see I am doing all things correctly, next stage a full refund cos I am now loosing my patients.
    Regards
    Ian

    • admin says:

      Hello Ian

      I am sorry that you are having difficulties. I can tell you that I personally test _every_ unit before they are dispatched. I suggest that you start with Spectravue and FCHid and we can work from there. Could you email me some print screens of your setup and Spectravue to the Paypal email address? In addition some more detail on the symptoms would help, for example what it is that is (or is not) happening, and what OS you are using.

      Does the spectrum view start at all? What does it look like? What is the noise floor level on Spectravue? Does the noise floor change when you insert an antenna, and if so what is the change in level?

      Many thanks, Howard

  388. Andy says:

    Hi Howard
    Just received my FUNcube (s/n2449), can I say what fantastic service and delivery, look forward to trying this weekend.
    Best regards
    Andy G3UEQ

  389. Alexander Schilbach says:

    Hi All

    I tryd just to oder by paypal – a total flop.
    Did not work to pay with standard bank account.
    Finally, for me is paypal complete junk.

    Is there any other way to order and pay a cube ?

    ..best regards

    A.Schilbach

    • admin says:

      Hello Alexander

      At the moment no, I am afraid the Paypal is the only way to order. Can you get a friend to order it on your behalf?

      If you are in the UK, I might be able to figure something out for you as an alternative.

      Many thanks, Howard

      • Mike says:

        Hi Howard,

        It is going to need something if educational institutions are going to order the Non-Pro version. I was hoping to order some for Ukube ground station but currently I can’t – unless I buy it myself. Perhaps some non-account but via paypal, worldpay, amazon arrangement?

        I just drilled a hole in a new IC910H to bring out separate RX/TX lines. We don’t want any accidents with the FCD and the IC910 connected to the antenna at the same time. Why don’t they include a TX disable jumper or something?

        Mike

        • admin says:

          Hello Mike

          I can help you out if you are UK based and provide you with an invoice. I’ll send you an email.

          Howard

  390. Stan (F1SLS) says:

    Hi !

    I ordered very early this morning (around 00:45) and PayPal told me it’s will send me a confirmation e-mail with order details. It’s now 09:37 and the email is not arrived yet. Should I worry about that or does it sound normal ? Have you received this order ?

    For information, the PayPal transaction reference is 5093-4459-8383-6721, if it can help.

    Thanks by advance for your help,

    Stan./F1SLS

    • admin says:

      Hi Stan

      Your FCD was dispatched this morning and should be delivered tomorrow: I have sent you an email.

      Many thanks, Howard

      • Stan (F1SLS) says:

        Hi Howard !

        I’ve just received my FCD #2716 this morning at 8:45 ! Less than 24h later ! Wow ! Just have to find a SMA adapter now !

        Thanks a lot, regards,

        Stan./F1SLS

  391. Need help ordering FUNcube Dongle Pro. Where, who, how do I order?

    • admin says:

      Hi Richard,

      Select the “Order your FUNcube Dongle Pro” menu item near the top of the web page.

      Many thanks, Howard

  392. Alex says:

    Everyone seems to be getting theirs within a couple of days. Ordered mine on the 19th but seems their are no airplanes to Australia. Transaction ID: 5YD8798707509992P

  393. Alex says:

    Just half an our after pressing the send button it arrives :)
    Thanks, sorry for grumbling.

    • admin says:

      Hi Alex

      Apologies for the delay in repsonse, I have been away for a few days in Japan. In addition it appears that the tracking number emails did not go out before I went away.

      I can assure you from bitter experience that the Fedex service is infinitely better than the international postal service that we used to use: as an example I am still chasing after two units that were sent out in February by post.

      Anyway I am glad that you received your unit, and I apologise once again.

      Many thanks, Howard

  394. Oscar says:

    Hi,

    just unpacked my FCD pro, many tnx Howard.
    Trying it right away.

    73″ Oscar, Netherlands.

  395. Eric Pilger says:

    Argh…

    FUNcube Dongle Pro Calc Shipping Sold Out!

    Will there be more? Please? Pretty Please?

    • admin says:

      Hello Eric

      Yes I am very sorry, we ran out late on Friday afternoon. We are due to have some more on Monday or Tuesday. Alternatively, Martin Lynch, our distributor, may have some in stock (http://www.hamradio.co.uk). I spoke to them on Saturday morning and they had a few available then.

      Many thanks, Howard

  396. Tim va2tpy ve2ty says:

    Received mine, #0002800, FedEx 2 days after ordering, tks & 73 de va2tpy ve2ty

  397. oliver cohen says:

    Hi

    I seem to be having some problems with my funcube dongle, i get ‘REDUCE IF GAIN’ warning in Spectra view and i also get very high noise floor but hear no signals throughout the entire freq range.

    I get S9++ around 145MHz and S7 on other frequencies, but even when i tx my handheld i get no signal.

    Couldnt find contact details on your website other than this posting system.

    Please help.
    Oliver
    M0OLI

    • admin says:

      Hello Oliver

      I am not sure if you saw my suggestions on the Yahoo group. There are a number of things you’ll need to tell me, and probably emailing me a print screen of what you are seeing on Spectravue to my Paypal email address will be a good idea.

      Firstly, is there any difference to the noise floor with and without an antenna connected?

      Secondly, if you are on Windows 7 or Vista you will need to set the Mic level on the Sound control panel applet for the dongle to 1 (the default is 100).

      Thirdly, is the dongle connected straight into your computer, or is it on an extension cable? Sometimes PCs can enit an awful lot of hash and this will make recpetion difficult.

      Forthly I am a bit surprised you can’t see anything even when you transmit on your handheld: can you check that Spectravue is definitely set up to the FCD and not another sound card?

      Fifth, can you check that the FCD is not in bootloader mode? It will have regular spikes across the passband if it is and emit “BOOTLOADER” in 24WPM morse.

      Sixth, please start with the original FCHID003 controller program, as other programs use additional functionality not in the original firmware.

      Seventh, if you see a big change with and without the antenna connected, particularly on VHF, you are probably experiencing some front end overload. This may be from the PC itself or perhaps pagers or band 2 FM broadcast.

      Certinaly if you can email me a print screen that will help. You might also want to try on a different PC just to ensure there’s nothing environmental. By the way, I personally test every unit before they are dispatched for sensitivity.

      Many thanks, Howard

  398. oliver cohen says:

    Hi Howard,

    Thanks very much for the message. Its flared into life on this start up using the FCHid (original rather than the newer version). That and i now removed it from the USB HUB and placed it directly in the PC. I now get signal from my HT, and i can recieve APRS signals so im on the right track, i will need some filters though by the look of it!! Can you recommend any?
    Many thanks
    Oliver M0OLI

    • admin says:

      Hello Oliver.

      I guess it depends where the strong signals are coming from: if it’s pagers in the UK, around 137 and 153MHz or so, it’s quite difficult to remove them. One of the other FUNcube team members is working on a no-tune SAW filter based design which will be available soon. To manufacture this kind of filter with low insertion loss at home with easily available parts generally means high Q coils: not easy to tweak without decent test equipment, but it can be achieved. If it’s band 2 FM broadcast or band 3 DAB then the filtering is a lot less demanding. Take a look here for some examples.

      Howard

  399. Nelson says:

    Hi.
    I just brougth one FUNcube Dongle unit.
    I will like to know if is possible to send it by International Postal Service?
    Thanks and best regards

    Nelson Lepe Téllez
    CE3LLP

    • admin says:

      Hi Nelson

      I am afraid we only offer Fedex for international shipping: this is quite simply because using the standard postal service we were spending half our waking hours aimlessly chasing dongles around the planet. The postal service offers a “best endeavours” service: there is no guatrantee of when it will get delivered, just a ball park delivery time frame, which, in my experience was regularly missed anyway, often by weeks. With Fedex, they call me and/or the customer when there’s a problem delivering.

      Many thanks, Howard

  400. Konstantin RN3ZF says:

    I wish to order two ” FUNcube Dongle “, for myself and for the friend, the friend does not have Internet. Delivery to Russia. I shall pay MasterCard.

  401. Patrick says:

    I had buy this on Sunday (25.09.2011)
    It’s already paid.
    get i an email when it shipped?
    73′s

  402. Patrick says:

    package has arrived!
    Works great. Thank you!
    73′s :)

  403. Leon UT7CL says:

    The parcel in Kyiv now. Tnx a lot Howard. 73

  404. wilson costrino says:

    My brother is in Finland till the end of october. Can I send it to there? Is it possible to pay via bank transfer?

  405. Pista says:

    At Saturday I ordered one FCD via PayPal, I hope have you in stock for me :-)

    73 de Pista ha1fv

  406. Pista says:

    Very fast shipping, Wednesday in my hand, and work fine.

  407. Hi Howard,

    Are still FCD in stock ?

    Thanks

  408. Hi Howard,
    I placed an order just few minutes ago. Please note that, despite a live in Venezuela the shipping address (as wrote in PayPal) is in Orlando, Florida, USA.
    Thanks a lot
    Antonio

  409. Christian - EA4EUN says:

    Hello Howard. Have you received my order ? I don´t have received news or confirmation email. Paypal Id: 5LX81649YJ7669446

    Best regards.

    • admin says:

      Hello Christian

      I would anticipate it arriving on Monday.

      Many thanks, Howard

      • Christian - EA4EUN says:

        Hello again Howard.

        I will be pending tomorrow of Fedex delivery. I´m participating in Madrid in the next ELaNa III – Genso project. I will use the FCD as a mobile ground station connected to an Arrow II antenna and a netbook.

        73!

        • Christian - EA4EUN says:

          Hello Howard. Could you email me the Fedex tracking number ? Yesterday and today I was waiting to receive my FCD. I hope to receive it soon. 73!

  410. Steve says:

    I am interested in the FunCube Pro. It is hard to have one shipped to the States???? Could you share roughly how much that would cost???? Thanks and 73′s Steve/KC8LQV :)

    • admin says:

      Hello Steve

      Yes, certinaly. The US accounts for about 1/3 of all FCD sales. Go to the “Order your FUNcube Dongle Pro” menu item and the shipping prices are there. I think it works out to be about $20. Typically you’ll receive your FCD about 48 hours later via Fedex.

      Many thanks, Howard

  411. alejo says:

    Howard, many thanks for taking care of my funcube dongle, the replacement came in today just in time for my trip to the Netherlands tomorrow. I will again make a small demo using it. But yes, I’m quite grateful for the support and attention you give to this project. The FedEx guy saw how surprised I was today when I got the package! Now i have updated the firmware and have it all rolling. From now on I will always use a USB extension cable so to avoid stressing the connector with the weight of my telescopic antenna. Warm regards y muchas gracias. /alejo

  412. Hi Howard,
    Please, would You mind to check the delivery status (and date) to my shipping address. Im checking from my side to.
    Thanks for your time.
    Antonio

    • admin says:

      Hello Antonio

      The tracking shows it was delivered on 20 October. I’ve sent you an email privately with the details.

      Thank you, Howard

  413. Hello,

    are they still in stock?

    with friendly regards
    Johannes

    • admin says:

      Hello Johannes

      Yes, we are in stock! We’ve had permanent stock for several weeks now, and I have about a further 1000 units in manufacturing too!

      Many thanks, Hwoard

  414. Robert Jones says:

    How much is the FCD in US Dollars to I think ZONE 2 ?

  415. Carmelo Falzon says:

    Hi just put in an order Funcube Dongle Pro paid for it and realized that my pay pal email address is no good due to having a new internet provider and po box shipping is not allowed can u please let me kow when its going to be shipped thanks.

    *****************************
    Address details clipped
    *****************************

    • admin says:

      Hello Carmelo

      No problem, thank you for letting me know. My Fedex pickup today (Weds 23 Nov) has already happened, so it will be despatched on Thursday 24 November via Fedex, and based on past experience to Australia it should be with you on Tuesday or Wednesday.

      Many thanks, Howard

  416. Carmelo Falzon says:

    Hi Howard thanks will let u know how the performance is on the Funcube Dongle Pro
    works on monitoring the airbands i do have a lot of other receivers to compare.

    Regards Carmelo.
    *******
    address details snipped (by Howard)
    *******

  417. Anton says:

    I also ordered and pay FCD on 23.11 but don`t receive e-mail confirmation with tracking number that my FCD has been shipped.Aditionally i want to ask what is performance in frequency range 225-400 MHz and 1525-1559 MHz . Thanks

  418. Sergio says:

    Estimados:Me gustaria saber si cubre la banda de HF.En todos los modos y en VHF Y UHF.Quiero emplearlo como receptor.
    Muchas Gracias.

    • admin says:

      Hello Sergio

      The unit only covers VHF and UHF from about 51.5MHz up to about 2050MHz, not HF, although there are third party add ons for this.

      Many thanks, Howard

  419. Jan says:

    Shipping was incredibly fast! 2 days between payment and delivery to Germany!
    It was labeled as “Extremely Urgent” :D

    Let’s see how it works…

  420. Jose Moreira says:

    Sorry:
    I have made a purchase for a FCD on DEC 02 and payed by paypal and i didn´t receive any acknowledge from you.
    Coul you confirm, please, that all is ok?
    many thanks, 73
    Jose

  421. Pouet says:

    Shipping was very fast! (delivery to France).
    Howard is serious and replies fast.

    Many thanks,
    Pouet

  422. Shige says:

    I want to order two. Is the postage necessary for two?
    Please teach a method to order two from together.

  423. Kyungtaek Kim says:

    Hello.

    When can I get my “FUNcube Dongle Pro”?
    I payed by paypal on Dec 6, 2011 but I did not receive any acknowledge.

    Many thanks, 73!
    From South KOREA

    • admin says:

      Hi Kyungtaek Kim

      Your FCD was dispatched early in the morning on 7 Dec, I’ve emailed you a tracking number.

      Many thanks, Howard

  424. Mauro Cecco says:

    When can I get my “FUNcube Dongle Pro”?
    I payed by paypal on Dec 6, 2011 but I did not receive any acknowledge.
    Mauro
    Italy

  425. ioan david says:

    in how many days i gone receive my donglo i live in london

    • admin says:

      Hello Ioan David

      You should recieve it tomorrow: for UK deliveries, I use Royal Mail Special Delivery.

      Many thanks, Howard

  426. Ludwig says:

    Howard,

    I’d like to get me one, however I detest the paypal crap. Sitting in Germany it isn’t a big deal to do an EU credit transfer from my account, taking costs on my side. In case it’s ok for you, respond to my email address.

    Ludwig

  427. Ludwig says:

    Howard,

    found out a German shop for the Funcube, I’ve just ordered it there, was easier for me.
    Thanks anyway.

    Ludwig

    • admin says:

      Hello Ludwig

      I was about to suggest that you try a retailer instead: the Paypal thing was set up originally when we just could not supply enough units and this was the only way I could figure out that would allow inventory counting (ie, not overselling) as well as not spending hours trying to collate and email individuals asking for payment. I am on record as stating that Paypal are definitely not my favourite outfit to deal with from a seller’s perspective, but realistically sadly it was logisitcally the only way we could do it.

      We can (and do) take direct bank transfers, but if I am honest it is an awful lot of admin overhead for us to match payments with orders compared to using Paypal.

      Many thanks, and I am glad you got your dongle!

      Howard

  428. Ludwig says:

    Howard,

    today my Funcube touched ground, and now will start playing ;-)
    I think it’s fair and save to say that for Germany I’ve ordered at wimo.de

    Hat a telcon with them, as microcontroller-guy I’m a bit unexperienced in HF-things. Also needed a SMA-connector and some coax cable. As the outcome was very satisfying, I’d like to say you have competent folks there distributing the Funcube.

    Ludwig

  429. Gregory says:

    Colleagues
    Have you ever deliver receiver to Russia ?
    I want to test this interesting device.
    Gregory

  430. Jhon says:

    Dear Admin,
    Im from Indonesia and will plan made purchase order of FunCube Dongle Pro. Can you email me how much total cost include shipping to Indonesia 20158 via USPS Priority or EMS Express ? Im awaiting your reply. Thank you.

    Jhon

    • admin says:

      Hello Jhon,

      Thank you for your note.

      Shipping to Indonesia is £25.53 using Fedex International Priority, which is the only international carrier we use as we have special arrangements with them including reduced rates.

      Many thanks, Howard

  431. VA6GC says:

    You people are amazing! My dongle was ordered one day and delivered the next day to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
    This is better than FedEx:)
    I intend to use “SDR Console” rather than SpectraVue.

    73
    Glen

    • admin says:

      Hello Glen

      Many thanks for your note.

      I usually recommend starting off with Spectrvue and FCHID003, as these work with the firmware out of the box. Once that works, feel free to try other options: frequently you’ll find you need to update the firmware to use other software products as they take advantage of newer functionality. The latest firmware is 18j at the moment, and I’m not aware of any problems with this version.

      Thank you again, Howard

  432. jim says:

    I am curious, some of the blog sites state the FUNcube sold out in minutes.

    yet your site claims it is ready for orders. which is it?

    thanks

    jim

    • admin says:

      Hello Jim

      We’ve maintained constant stock since about August 2011. For the first few months, yes, we did sell out in minutes, but we’ve managed to increase production to keep up with demand.

      Apologies for the delay in replying, I have been away on vacation for a few days. Thank you for your patience.

      Many thanks, Howard

  433. Ahmed says:

    Hello

    Do you have any plan to make some inhancement to the FunCube such as extending the frequency coverage go 2000 MHZ or make the bandwidth received wider (i.e 5 MHZ).

    Can the FunCube receive the digital signals?
    Thank you,

    • admin says:

      Hello Ahmed.

      Although out of spec, FCDs usually will cover up to 2GHz.

      To cover a wider bandwidth means a considerable redesign, and the use of more expensive parts, in particular ADCs. The FCD was only designed for narrow band reception.

      There is no limit to the type of narrow band signals that the FCD can receive: demodulation and decoding is performed on the host machine, not inside the FCD itself. As long as the host software exists and is compatible with soundcard quadrature signals, then you can decode the signal.

      Many thanks, Howard

  434. Kobi says:

    Dear Howard,

    What is the status of my order?

    Thanks

  435. William Noble says:

    I am having lots of trouble getting my funcube to recieve, I am sure it is operator error in the setup process, where can I get help? I have downloaded all the manuals I can find, but am still a bit confused. Bill KA9GNG

    • admin says:

      Hello William

      Can you let me know a little more about your problem please? What OS/programs you are using, and whether you have update the firmware? You might want to email me some print screens to show me where you are with the set up if you can.

      Many thanks, Howard

  436. Viktor Boriskin says:

    Dear Howard,

    What is the status of my order?

    Thanks

  437. Antonino Modafferi says:

    Hi Howard,
    I’ve paid by paypal on 22nd March, could you tell me the status of my order?
    Thanks in advance,
    Antonio

  438. F4BXL says:

    Hello Howard,

    I would like to order about 7 to 8 Funcubes (group order). What will be the price and the shipping cost to France for all parts ?

    Many thanks, Fred F4BXL

    • admin says:

      Hi Fred

      When I get orders for three or more units, I usually offer Fedex shipping free of charge.

      So for seven units: 7 * £99 = £693, plus VAT @20% (£138.60) = £831.60.

      So for eight units: 8 * £99 = £792, plus VAT @20% (£158.40) = £950.40.

      If you email me to my g6lvb at amsat dot org email account with your Paypal email address, I’ll send you a Paypal invoice.

      Many thanks, Howard

  439. Laurent BLIN says:

    Hi
    I just received my dongle SN 0005647
    FEDEX used my phone number to wake me up :-)
    Hudge package for such a small device .

    • admin says:

      Bonjour Laurent

      Sorry we woke you up!

      The packaging may seem a strange size, but the deal we struck with Fedex required this for the most reasonable price.

      Many thanks, Howard

  440. Ron says:

    Wow,

    That was fast! I ordered a dongle on Saturday (31 April ’12), they attempted to deliver it today. Problem is, I am in Slovakia on course, home is in South Africa. Someone rang the doorbell with a parcel, home help didn’t know about it so refused to open gate. They claimed to have spoken to me:- Not possible, phone is off!

    What now? Can I have a reference number for Fedex?

    • admin says:

      Hello Ron

      Sorry for the swift shipping!

      I’ve emailed you the Fedex tracking number.

      Many thanks, Howard

  441. Gary says:

    I live in the USA do I have to pay the VAT? And Why ?

    • admin says:

      Hello Gary

      No, there is no need to pay VAT. It is not added to your purchase. When you select zone 2, assuming your registered Paypal and delivery address is in the US, then you will not be charged VAT.

      Many thanks, Howard

  442. Aamer Altarabichi says:

    Hi Howard,
    Two days ago have I ordered two dongles to be delivered to Dubai in the U.A.E.
    Do mind sending me the related Fedex online tracking numbers?

    Thanks in advance
    Aamer

    • admin says:

      Hello Aamer

      I’ve just emailed you your tracking numbers. They are showing an exception: “Furture delivery requested” – let me know if there is a problem.

      Many thanks, Howard

  443. Ricardo Sagarzazu says:

    Dear Sirs,
    I´ll be in Canada for the next 3weeks. How can I proceed to order two (2) ?
    There is a form to fill? Estimated delivery time to Canada?
    Amount 224.32 is OK? I have a Paypal account.
    TNX in advance,

    Ricardo

    • admin says:

      Hello Ricardo

      I will send you a Paypal invoice. For most of Canada, if you order by 10pm (my cut-off time for next day dispatch) on Monday, it will arrive on Wednesday. I use Fedex International Priority.

      Many thanks, Howard

  444. Kermareg says:

    Hi,
    I’ve just ordered mine. Is it possible to have à tracking number ?
    Thanks a lot.

    73.
    Kermareg.

  445. DC2PCC says:

    Hi Howard, I ordered one by PayPal payment last week, to be shipped to Germany, Tried to send you an E-mail too. Can you give me an update on the status of my order ?

    • admin says:

      Hello

      I have just sent you an email with the tracking number. It is showing as delivered on Monday, can you let me know if that makes any sense?

      Many thanks, Howard

  446. DC2PCC says:

    Hello Howard, makes sense, see E-mail.

  447. I just received FUNcube Dingle Pro Serial 5872. I see -60 dB noise at 147 MHz even with a 50 ohm termination and the ‘default’ setting, LNA=+20 dB decreasing to -70 dB with -5 dB LNA gain. If this normal?

    • admin says:

      Hi Dennis

      I am assuming you’re using Vista or Windows 7. If that is the case, go to your Control Panel, View by: Category, Hardware and Sound, Under, Sound, select Manage Audio Devices.

      Select the Recording tab, Then the Microphone FUNcube Dongle in the list. Then press Properties, and select the Levels tab. Set this to exactly 1 (one).

      I also recommend updating the firmware to 18j if you haven’t done that already.

      I highly recommend Mark Culcross’s excellt setup guide here: http://www.hamradio.co.uk/userfiles/file/funcube_setup.pdf

      Many thanks, Howard

      Many thanks, Howard

  448. Mikhail says:

    Hi Howard,
    Thanks for the prompt shipping of the FUNcube.
    Shipping has occurred for 5 days!

    73,
    Many thanks,
    Mikhail, UN9GHN

  449. Elmar PD3EM says:

    Hi Howard,

    Thanks for the fast service and shipping!
    Ordered on wednesday and got it in the mail on friday!

    73, Elmar PD3EM

  450. Carlo Francescangeli says:

    Dear Howard,

    shipping address error – paypal confirmation 1SG23302SB699973K

    I have just made an payment for the cube dongle pro but there are a mistake for the shipment address
    Can you ship to the following address :

    Carlo Francescangeli
    7101 N. Mesa St, suite 172
    El Paso , TX 79912
    USA

    Hope your confirmation
    Best Regards and 73’s

    Carlo Francescangeli – KJ4EGU

    • admin says:

      Hello Carlo

      apologies, I missed your request for an address change, I am afraid the order was already dispatched. I will email you the details.

      Many thanks, Hwoard

  451. John Ogden says:

    Dear Sir,

    I live in the UAE (Abu Dhabi) and wish to purchase 1 funcube dongle (Zone 6)– no problems all strightforward.

    However i wish to pay via bankers draft (and post the draft to you via snell mail!) as i dont have a pay pall account or wish to use a credit card for this transaction.

    Please could you give me the account name i would have to append on draft?

    Best regards

    John

  452. marcos says:

    Boa noite eu desejo comprar o dongle, sou de curitiba/pr aqui no brasil.

  453. John says:

    Hello Howard

    I have a working Pro – and just tried to put myself on the Pro+ waiting list…
    tried 3 times.. never got a confirmation – so do not know if I am actually on the list or not’

    thanks 73
    John Ve3NFK

    • admin says:

      Hello John

      Yes the pre-ordering process is not how I would have liked: I thought that it _did_ send a notification, I know it sends one to me. Unfortunately almost no hosted eCommerce solutions offer pre-ordering without taking money out of your account first, something I didn’t won’t to do as it’s frowned upon by credit card companies, not to mention something I wouldn’t want to do anyway.

      Anyway, I can see you on the ist you’ll be glad to know!

      Many thanks, Howard

  454. Dennis Condron - K0LGI says:

    I would like to return a failed FUNcube Pro (not a + version) for repair.
    What is the proper shipping address for that purpose?

    73 Denny – K0LGI

    • admin says:

      Hello Denny

      Sorry you’re having difficulty withyour FCD.

      I’ve sent you a short email on how to return the unit for repair.

      Many thanks, Howard

  455. alexander says:

    Hi Howard,

    I ordered 4 pcs.dongle to someone in my town who have Paypal account;
    please confirm/infirm me if you have this order on waiting list
    ( city Resita – Romania)

    my best regards!

  456. coro coro says:

    Nice to meet you.

    The required number is 1 piece that reserved Dngle the other day.
    It is prayed that Get be able to do, and is my best regards.

    korokoro

  457. Gian M. Canaparo says:

    Hi!
    On 16 Nov. 2012 I buyed one dongle at £ 163.19 including VAT and delivery.
    Now I am discovering that it is offered at £ 134.59 at the same conditions.
    May I ask you why around £ 30 of cost decrease in 2 months?
    Thanks.
    Best Regards.
    Gian M. – IW1AU

    • admin says:

      Hello Gian.

      No there should not be any decrease. Have you included VAT in your second figure? In addition, are you sure your selected the correct delivery country?

      Thank you, Howard

  458. Dennis Condron - K0LGI says:

    This is Denny, K0LGI in Iowa USA that has purchased your FUNcube pro and two (2) Pro+ versions for use in meteor detection using a variety of low VHF band terrestrial signal sources when using the FUNcube Pro+ SDR receivers.

    Recently, I posed this question to the FCDPro+ Yahoo group to digest and also to a fellow enthusiast using the FUNcube dongles Pro + for this activity, Stan Nelson, KB5VL.

    Since there appears there is no way for the software to recognize which one to use, it (Simon’s SDR Radio V2) defaults to only one Pro + dongle.

    Is there a way to possibly apply the serial number as an example, assigned to each dongle, so the software will recognize each one individually?

    Can that ability be done via a firmware upload change or is being contemplated in future firmware releases of the FUNcube dongle Pro + ?

    Thank you …
    Denny _ K0LGI

    • admin says:

      Hello Dennis.

      When I developed the FCDP+, I set aside an area of flash for precisely this which still exists to this day, but it never saw it to the production firmware.

      As you may know, USB includes a PID and VID to determine the device. It also has a serial number. During testing, when I set a USB serial number, that wasn’t enough for the OS (or Windows at least) to show any difference to allow you to tie up a sound interface with the HID interface.

      I also tried to use the serial number to imply slightly different functionality in an attempt to make Windows re-enumerate. That didn’t work either, as Windows caches its descriptors by PID/VID, ignoring the serial number.

      Linux operates completely differently and doesn’t seem to cache its descriptors like Windows does, and happily manages to re-enumerate in real time. Because Windows takes so darned long to enumerate, it has to cache or you’d be waiting five minutes to use the device each time.

      So in short I never implemented it, although the flash area I mentioned is still there and is used for factory testing. I’ll refresh my head on this and see if there’s anything I can come up with for you, but it will almost certainly mean a new firmware release.

      Many thanks, Howard

      • Mike G0MJW says:

        Could you do something with the ID string – like add a variable to the end, A, B, C, D? supply all with A and then provide a flash update for those who need it to make it a B etc?

        • admin says:

          Hello Mike

          I’ll have to experiment some more: if the ID string is cached in Windows like the rest of the descriptor it won’t make a lot of difference of course, but I will take a look.

          Many thanks, Howard

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