Video of FITSAT-1 & FUNcube Dongle Pro+


This evening I set up a 7″ quarter wave antenna on a baking tray on my balcony connected via 4m of RG-58 coax to a FUNcube Dongle Pro+.

There’s a video of it picking up the FITSAT-1 satellite (launched form the ISS earlier today) here.

Many thanks, Howard

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4 Responses to Video of FITSAT-1 & FUNcube Dongle Pro+

  1. Emilio says:

    Hi Howard,

    Tnx for the effort in developing this new dongle: it looks very promising!
    I use regularly the “old dongle” in combination with an upconveter for HF reception and weather satellites, and I look forward to receiving the new one (pre-ordered).
    I presume that there will be an updated version of the ExtIO_fcd.dll available for download?

    Best 73’s de Emilio, PA1CCX

    • admin says:

      Hello Emilio

      I am sure that will happen: it’s not something I’ve dabbled in myself, and if no-one else jumps in, I will certainly have a go.

      Many thanks, Howard

  2. Syed Karim says:

    7″ quarter wave antenna
    baking tray
    4m of RG-58 coax

    Is that all you need to increase the frequency range of the FunCube Dongle?

    • admin says:

      Hello Syed,

      The antenna doesn’t affect the frequency range of the FCDPP. However, the choice of antenna has a significant effect on the system as a whole.

      A rough rule of thumb is that antennas place outside as high up as possible will perform much better than small inside antennas. The choice of the 7″ antenna was to show a resonant antenna trimmed for the frequency of interest. When dealing with weak signals, resonant antennas generally perform better than a random wire length, but the subject of antennas is a huge one. That 7″ antenna will not work at all well on HF for example!

      Many thanks, Howard