A REVIEW OF MY NEW INSTALLATION BY VE7HBS SDR RADIO • • • • • • • 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 • • STARTUP SEQUENCE - RADIO FIRST, PSDR SECOND IMPORTANT – WAIT 30 SECONDS AFTER POWERING UP RADIO BEFORE BRINGING UP SDR. • • • • • • 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. • • 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!! • • • • • 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 - Brokerage & GST TOTAL 2317 1808 DELIVERY DEPENDS ON STOCK- MINE THREE WEEKS BY UPS.
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