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A REVIEW OF MY NEW INSTALLATION BY VE7HBS
SDR RADIO
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What does a Software Defined Radio consist of :Two Components
Hardware & Software
Hardware – Radio – 10 to 80m Transceiver plus 6m, capable of
100w output. The only physical control is an ON/OFF AC power
switch. Also requires powered speakers, monitor and 13.8vdc
Power Supply – 25amp
Hardware – Computer – The 3000 requires a computer with
Firewire 1394a capability & substantial computing power
Software – Free download of PowerSDR, when installed
becomes the operating console for the radio
195 Page Owners Manual
SDR takes all the operating controls found on analogue radios
and shows them as a console on the monitor.
OPERATING EXPERIENCE
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STARTUP SEQUENCE - RADIO FIRST, PSDR SECOND
IMPORTANT – WAIT 30 SECONDS AFTER POWERING UP
RADIO BEFORE BRINGING UP SDR.
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PHONE SSB…SET FREQ & BANDPASS FILTER
SOUNDCARD IS IN HARDWARE
SET RF DRIVE & AF TO SUIT.
KEEP AF LOW AND USE SPEAKER VOL HIGHER
SET DSP TO SUIT
VERY GOOD AUDIO.
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CW …. PLUGGED IN PADDLE. ADJUSTED BREAK-IN.
SET CW MODE FOR CWU/L
DIGITAL MODES – USING HRD DM780 BETA v5
A REAL CHORE TO SETUP!!
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HRD can control radio- simulates Kenwood TS2000
Requires Installing two pieces of third party software
ComOCom to create virtual comports - Free
VAC to create virtual audio channels – Trial period then pay $30
Why – to facilitate digital audio transfer and radio control
between PowerSDR(radio) and other soundcard enabled
programs like HRD, Digipan, MMTTY that normally takes place
through a computer serial port
Time to resolve – three weeks and ongoing.
AUDIO
HRD CONSOLE
TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
COMPUTER
My Original – Athlon1.4Ghz. Three years old. 1GB DDR1Ram, XP OS.
- When running HRD + Logger for digital modes ran at
100% CPU use.
- Frequent pauses, lost QSO’s and software settings
- Had to install Firewire 1394a Adapter card
New Computer – Intel Duo Core, 2.5Ghz, 4GB DDR3 Ram, Vista OS
- Firewire onboard.
- Vista OS a pain for ham radio software!
- Now runs at 30-40% CPU use.
- With 21” LCD Monitor cost $599
Now comes on within seconds and with the correct radio
HELP - Sign on for the FlexRadio Digest – daily emails with Q&A’s
SOFTWARE UPDATES – REGULARLY AVAILABLE ON FLEX RADIO
WEBSITE
THE GOOD THINGS – FOR ME!
Getting everything configured and working – Three weeks
Console - Marvellous to operate with mouse, sit back and click
away
- Choice of signal spectrums is really good.
- Choice of bandpass filters both fixed and variable
is one of its best features, especially for digital work
- With phone operation audio is excellent
Hardware – Small and compact when compared to analogue radios
with the same features
- Does not have to be on desk
- Will work with my old Henry linear amp
- Built in Auto Antenna Tuner.
BUY – ONLY DIRECT FROM FLEX RADIO IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.
MY COSTS
$CAN
$US
Flex Radio 3000
1770
1599
HEIL HM-5 Microphone
106
96
Cable for Microphone
45
41
Desktop microphone stand
21
17
Shipping & Handling
61
55
314
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Brokerage & GST
TOTAL
2317
1808
DELIVERY DEPENDS ON STOCK- MINE THREE WEEKS BY UPS.
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