For example: the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ is a USB Software Defined Radio receiver, or SDR. It provides a digitized 192kHz wide chunk of IF (intermediate frequency) via high speed USB interface. Generally your computer, Raspberry Pi or whichever platform supports the required USB data rate and power requirements will then run whatever SDR software you like to visualize the spectrum or demodulate the signal any way you like.
There are some internal provisions to disable reception of some things, so don't open it up and mess with it.
Question: What body of regulations would actually apply to a cubesat with a FUNcube Dongle Pro+ or similar? For this answer, I really need more than speculation, or maybes. Also, I'm not looking for export regulations or voluntary agreements for this particular question. Of course they are important, but I'm asking about regulations that apply to putting my own dongle into my cubesat, and then having a reputable launch provider put it into orbit.
If necessary to identify country of launch, use a country that has a history of managing cubesat launches and following all internationally accepted protocols, rather than one that uses a don't ask, don't tell-like approach.
From their document [FCD2ManualV4.pdf]
- Frequency range 150kHz-240MHz and 420MHz-1.9GHz
- Sensitivity Typically 12dB SINAD NBFM for 0.15uV at 145MHz
- Reference oscillator 1.5ppm 26MHz
- Sampling rate 192kHz
- Bit depth 16 bits (32 bits used internally)
- PC interface USB 1.x Male A Full Speed (12Mbps)
- RF interface Standard SMA female (not Reverse Polarity [RP])
Below: Further screenshots from their document FCD2ManualV4.pdf