OUFTI-1: Launch of the first ham radio D-Star Cubesat satellite

This April 22, 2015 at 23:02 local time in Paris is scheduled for launch VS14 flight of a Soyuz rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The soyouz rocket will be carrying the Sentinel-1B satellite from the  “Copernicus” program, the Microscope satellite CNES and 3 micro-satellites CubeSats as part of the “Fly your satellite!” including for the first a amateur radio D-Star will be sent into space. Continue reading OUFTI-1: Launch of the first ham radio D-Star Cubesat satellite

HackRF One pre-sale now available in Europe

Lot of us were waiting to get a chance to have a HackRF SDR receiver and transceiver. This is it.

HackRF One is now available for pre-sale in Europe since May,1 2014 on my ham radio store onlien: Passion Radio Shop.

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HackRF One is an amazing SDR radio receiver AND transceiver equipment, that allow almost infinite possibilities in radiocommunication from 10Mhz to 6GHz!

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How to receive and decode ADS-B and ACARS GPS signals from aircraft with RTL-SDR

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The dramatic and mysterious crash of the Boeing 777’s Malaysia Airlines MH370, reminds us how radio systems and here geolocation and GPS tracking airplanes systems, are essential services, until that it can not be disabled or putting off as easily…

Surprisingly, radio technologies used for geolocation and tracking of aircraft are quite classic and easy to listen/decode, still nowadays.

From a radio point of view with SDR USB stick receiver, it has never been so easy and inexpensive to receive, decode yourself, GPS positioning information sent in real time by aircraft passing near his position !

Equipment is for less than 20€, with a simple USB DVB-T, DAB TV receiver USB stick, you can begin to receive and decode RTL-SDR GPS info sent in ADS-B and ACARS by aircraft. Continue reading How to receive and decode ADS-B and ACARS GPS signals from aircraft with RTL-SDR

HackRF Open Source SDR raises $100 000 in 12 hours!

Since may 2013, first HackRF in beta were distributed for free, hundreds of Jawbreaker release have been distributed to developers and beta testers and tested for Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), Bluetooth, spectre analysis, detection wireless microphones and more.

Today HackRF enter the contest on Kickstarter and raises $ 100 000 in less than 12 hours! And there are still 34 days before deadline for subscription… This gonna to be Huge!

Original goal was $ 80,000 for the project to be launched and a marketed product outdated. Official public launch expected early next year, 2014 and it will be a revolution in the world of radio-communication.

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Sweetbox II Raspberry Pi amazing case

Sweetbox II is just and amazing ergonomic case specially designed for Raspberry Pi model B.


Its strong plastic material protects it from shocks and feels smooth to touch. The components and status lights are visible through the translucent material.

Best things is that you do not have to open the case to access the GPIO pins, just remove the rubber cap and plug-in.


A set of 3 heatsinks together with the box are also provided, Sweetbox II is the first case that integrate tailor-made copper heatsinks.

The project need 14 000 pounds to become real, and it left 10 days to get 1000 pounds, support and get your raspberry Pi case for june 2013!


Sweetbox are now available online on  :

http://www.passion-radio.com/boitier/70-sweetbox-ii-pi.html and