State of the art amateur radio, the Funcube Dongle. I just have to have one of these SDR devices in the shack. Some hams do not like the idea of software defined radio but I the attitude reminds me of the guys who scoffed at transistors saying they never would replace valves. SDR is the future. Next stage integrate a transmitter then a PC on a chip?
AMSAT-UK FUNcube http://www.funcube.co.uk/