[AMRadio] OT SDR

rbethman rbethman at comcast.net
Sat Oct 10 09:19:06 EDT 2015

The SDR does not have to cost anywhere remotely close to $3500!

A RaspberryPi runs around $65, the Dongle runs from $8 to $14.

The SRD# software is just plain free.

The other part is sold through Hayseed Hamfest, it is the RANverter.  It 
costs $45.90

The whopping total of $125.

The RANverter is a kit, and there are NO surface Mount Components 

RaspberryPI is its own computer, uses the ARM7 processor, the very same 
one in Android phones, it is a quad core, it is just a hair bigger than 
a pack of cigarettes.  It has a CATV jack, 4 USB ports, HDMI for 
monitors, or you can convert it to analog in lieu of digital video 
output.  The cores run at 900MHz.

Those folks that go out and spend $3500 are insane!

Get into contact with W9RAN, Robert Nickels. <ranickels at gmail.com>

He can go through the entire setup with you.  He has been working with 
the man that writes the software.  So Robert is well up on the entire setup.

I've been playing around with it for around 6 or so months.

Regards, Bob - N0DGN

On 10/10/2015 6:14 AM, Rob Atkinson wrote:
> About the only thing that would be nice about SDR is the fish finder.
> But for me the cons outweigh the pros:
> Have to have a computer.
> Have to "boot up" the rig
> Forget fixing anything if it breaks.  Throw away the PC card or maybe
> the whole thing and get another one.  Or "send it in to the shop."
> Whenever I hear a ham say "The rig is out for repairs" I think how
> sad.  I am trying to not be one of those type hams.
> Does anyone really know how one of those rigs works?  Can I point to a
> cap or resistor and ask what is that there for and get an answer?  Is
> there a schematic even?
> The cost.  $3500 !!! at least for that Anan thing, a little box with
> an on/off switch.  Does anyone think that 3500 dollar rig will be
> running in 40 years?  I guess it doesn't matter for me because I'll be
> SK most likely but 3500 can buy some nice antenna improvements that
> won't go out of date.  I work some piss weak guys with SDRs and I wish
> they had spent the money on a higher antenna, hi.
> And the software fee.  If you get a Flex Radio you have to pay a
> regular maintenance fee.  What do they think this is, the iPhone
> (which I think is also for suckers).
> The whole thing with computers and software is a red alert.   How long
> before an OS update, or a new driver, or some other issue comes up and
> the user is plunged into incompatibility hell looking for dependencies
> or decoding gibberish from some computer geek because the rig won't
> work.  Or the computer craps out and has to be replaced.  I just want
> to fire everything up and have a QSO.   For now having a nice spectrum
> display isn't worth the hassle, time and cost.
> 73
> Rob
> K5UJ
> On Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 4:49 AM, Geoff <ars.w5omr at gmail.com> wrote:
>> SDR intrigues me.  I've played with a couple of on-line SDR receivers
>> and seeing the actual bandwidth of some stations is amazing.  Having a
>> receiver with no other noise and only monitoring the transmitted audio
>> would tell a lot about some other components of the transmitted signal.

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