FUNcube SDR Dongle in the House

We have just taken delivery of a FUNcube SDR dongle. If you are not familiar with the FUNcube dongle it is a SDR radio that connects to your computer via a USB dongle. The unit is slightly larger than a USB memory stick with a SMA antenna connector. The frequency coverage is 64MHz to 1700MHz. It uses no special drivers and appears as an USB audio card to your PC. The FUNcube dongle works with most SDR programs that can use an IQ signal. The device is frequency agile, but at this time requires an external program to set the center frequency. We have only played with for a couple of hours, and needless to say that the FUNCube dongle is a very interesting SDR radio. At approximately $180 shipped, it is probably the least expensive VHF/UHF SDR radio at this time. One of the major issues with the FUNCube dongle is just getting one. They have been tremendously popular. The FDC usually goes on sale once a week and sells out in minutes. The number that goes on sale is usually 100 units per week. We hope to spend a little more time with the device over the next few days and publish an expanded article on it soon, so keep checking back. In the meantime, for more information and ordering availability for the FUNCube dongle go here.

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