RTL-SDR & FUNcube

While World Cup was continuing its exciting show, I made some my RTL-SDR and satellite research progress. My next target was FUNCube Sat (aka) FUNcube-1 (AO73) is a complete educational single CubeSat project with the goal of enthusing and educating young people about radio, space, physics etc.

Introduction

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Satellite

There is one thing that Funcube is magnificent than others, it’s data warehouse. The earth station can receive its telemetry data and can upload this data to data warehouse by online. There is also Dashboard Application for telemetry data decoding and uploading to data warehouse.

Here is the link for those who interested.

– Funcube Handbook 

– Data Warehouse

Dsahboard Application

N4JTC wrote about RTL-SDR and Funcube  , I followed this.

http://n4jtc.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/rtl-sdr-sdr-radio-funcube-sat-fun/

This time SDR Radio V2 software was used because this software has some distinct features such as sat tracking and I liked to test it. I believe that any rtl-sdr app can do this.

 http://v2.sdr-radio.com/Download.aspx

 

OK, before world cup final match, I do this. I tuned 145.9xx MHz and saw waterfall data stream and audible beep. It is SSB data.

funcube_manualtuning

Then, piped audio data stream to Dashboard application. The telemetry data show up.

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I already registered to Data-warehouse sites and Dashboard App automatically uploaded to warehouse site. Then, my uploaded data appeared in site. Seem I am the only one and first data provider earth station from Myanmar.

 

funcube_datawarehouse2

# Final thought

– Noticed some noises along with the whole spectrum and some recommend for shielding. I have to test it. Anyway, shielding an RF device is a best practice. Hree is the link for this. I will try this.

http://sdrformariners.blogspot.com/2013/09/reducing-electrical-noise.html

Anyway, it is happy research and hobby time.

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