The FUNcube Dongle SDR Receiver has been a huge success so far and enjoys wide acceptance with many radio amateurs for receiving satellites and other VHF/UHF communications. The only drawback so far was reception of shortwave.
With the HF converter the reception of a frequency range from 0 to 52MHz now becomes possible. The converter is simply inserted in front of the FUNcube Dongle to the antenna connector. The power supply is done by USB, only the power lines are used. Alternativly any other +5V DC power supply can be used.
The converter transfers the received signals to a frequency which is 106.25MHz higher. This makes the converter useable with any kind of software for the FCD. Some programs (like HDSDR) allow to set a constant offset, making the use even more simple by showing the correct frequency even when using this converter.
For a good large signal handling the converter has a low pass at the input, plus a band pass filter for the 3m broadcast band and a high pass at the output.
The HF converter comes without an enclosure and partially assembled. All components except the SMA connectors are all ready installed, the coaxial connectors need to soldered to the board. The converter is shipped without connecting cable, best to order one 40310.SM-SM together with the converter.
Of course the HF converter can not only be used with the FUNcube Dongle, but with any VHF other receiver as well.
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