Radio amateur Zachary J. Leffke KJ4QLP has written a Masters Thesis which explores the concept of deploying a network of distributed ground station receiver nodes for the purposes of increasing access time to the spacecraft
This increases the potential amount of data that can be transferred from orbit to the ground. The current trends in CubeSat communications are being analyzed and an argument made in favor of transitioning to more modern digital communications approaches for on orbit missions. Finally, a candidate ground station receiver node design is presented a possible design that could be used to deploy such a network.
Read the paper - http://t.co/yQx2O0PPUF
AMSAT-UK - http://amsat-uk.org/