I have been very curious I am glad this came up. It seems to good to be true to me considering you usually get what you pay for and this $20 against 150 bucks sure sounds great......
Any feedback ont the Funcube Dongle pro vs this RTL-SDR? I am on the waiting list, Since I can not afford another all band rig.
Jason, Your approach is similar to something I tired to do several months ago before AO-73 was launched. My idea was to try and use an RTL dongle as an inexpensive sat RX. I was using HDSDR with the dongle and an omni scanner antenna. I didn't have any luck at all receiving SO-50 but was able to copy some stuff from VO-52. I also had desense issues when I conducted experiments with an old two meter HT I have lying around here. I was going to experiment with some filters to cope with the desense and build an preamp based on the design of the one available from AMSAT but I got discouraged a bit and sidetracked so the project went on the back burner. Just lately I tried the SDR Radio console with my RTL dongle but could never get the software to recognize it. I apparently have some files missing and it hasn't been clear to me which ones or where to find them. I very much wish I could afford a Funcube dongle pro but it's not in the cards for me right now. Perhaps I'll give receiving AO-73 a shot again. Been thinking about it. I appreciate you posting your experiences. 73, Michael, W4HIJ On 11/24/2013 11:28 AM, Jason Charles wrote:
I posted an inexpensive way to listen and decode the Funcube telemetry with the cheap RTL-SDR dongle. This can apply to almost any satellite too. What makes this setup unique is the ability for SDR-Radio (v2) to listen to Wide Upper Side Band and the Funcube dongle to Autotune. Between the two you don't need to worry about doppler correction for telemetry decode.
I also have the I/Q file and the audio of the transponder pass from last night on there. I hope you find it useful. It has has been great fun for me!
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