The Radio Communications Foundation
Money donated to the RCF on the Virgin Money Giving web site will be reserved to support Project FUNcube.
FUNcube is an educational single cubesat project with the goal of enthusing and educating young people about radio, space, physics and electronics.
FUNcube will also carry a UHF to VHF linear transponder that will have up to 1 watt and which can be used by Radio Amateurs worldwide for SSB and CW communications.
It will support the educational Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) initiatives and provide an additional resource for the GB4FUN Mobile Communications Centre.
As well as licenced Radio Amateurs the target audience consists of primary and secondary school pupils and FUNcube will feature a 145 MHz telemetry beacon that will provide a strong signal for the pupils to receive.
A simple receiver board is also being developed. It is intended that this will be connected to the USB port of a laptop to display telemetry and messages in an interesting way. The satellite will contain a materials science experiment, from which the school students can receive telemetry data which they can compare to the results they obtained from similar reference experiments in the classroom.
FUNcube is the first cubesat designed to benefit this group and is expected to be the first UK cubesat to reach space.
The Radio Communications Foundation supports projects which demonstrate radio communication to the public through the expertise of the UK radio amateur.
Projects which show the importance of radio communications:
- as a career with excellent prospects,
- as a challenging spare time interest,
- as a gateway into an international community which serves the world in so many vital ways.
The key to the RCFs success is its growing partnership with education. This has a number of strands.