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Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Funcube Help

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N3LCW  Rating: 5/5 Jul 30, 2013 07:02  Send this review to a friend!
Works excellent!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Ordered the Funcube Dongle Pro + version and was delivered insanely fast. Plugged into a PC running Windows XP and the driver immediately self installed. Downloaded and had SDR Sharp up and running with the dongle within minutes. Hooked up the dongle to a discone antenna in the attic. Don't expect stellar performance if you just attach a rubber duck or short wire for an antenna.

Sensitivity across the HF, VHF, and UHF bands was far better than expected, excellent actually. The discone was more than adequate for receiving even HF signals. Shortwave broadcasts were easy copy as well as amateur SSB/CW signals on 40M. Even listened to airliners on the HF frequencies. I was able to decode DRM digital shortwave broadcasts using Virtual Audio Cable and a DRM decoder. Successfully copied 30M QRSS signals using Argo.

This SDR far outperforms the other cheap RTL DVB USB receivers that have been re-purposed for general coverage use. Since the Funcube Dongle Pro + is installed as a sound card USB device you should be able to use a slower PC than with those cheap RTL DVB USB receivers.

This was designed for best performance in the 2M and 440 bands for copying Funcube satellite signals. The additional filtering that has been done to use on the HF bands is more than adequate for general purpose use. If you want to hook it up to your long wire then consider an attenuator.

Overall this Pro + version of the Funcube SDR is excellent.

Product is in production.
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