SDRPlay RSP2 Review

Introduction

If you have read our past articles on the SDRPlay RSP, you probably noticed that it has been a highly regarded SDR receiver here at HRS. It was named as the best More »

Why Apple’s iMac May be the Best PC for SDR Applications

Introduction
Most radio hobbyist these days have a PC in the shack these days. Even though convenient and sometimes necessary these PCs can be the source of annoying RFI (Radio Frequency Interference). More »

Icom 7300 Review

Introduction

Last summer Icom announced a new radio that caused quite a stir in the amateur radio community. The new Icom IC-7300 was the first SDR HF / 6M direct sampling transceiver More »

Elad FDM-DUO – SDR Done Right!

Introduction
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SDRPlay RSP2 First Look Video

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First Look Video of the new SDRPlay RSP2. Featuring a quick overview of the new features. The RSP1 and RSP2 signal comparison was done in realtime using the same antenna attached to the RSP1 and RSP2. This means that there is some amount of small signal loss due to the splitter. The RSP2 antenna was connected to the Port A connector on the RSP2 to make the comparison as even as possible. According to SDRPlay, the RSP2 Hi Z port can perform a bit better on AM broadcast and HF bands. To make things as even as possible both the RSP1 and RSP2 were used with the default settings for each radio. Of course both the RSP1 or RSP2 can perform a bit differently depending on the tweaks you make within SDRuno. Also performance of the RSP2 may change as SDRuno is updated to better leverage the new features of the RSP2.

SDRPlay RSP2 Review

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Introduction

If you have read our past articles on the SDRPlay RSP, you probably noticed that it has been a highly regarded SDR receiver here at HRS. It was named as the best SDR radio available in its price category. The SDRPlay RSP is even good enough to hold its own against far more expensive SDR products. Not to mention that it comes with excellent support from SDRPlay team. Over the past year, the SDRPlay got even better when SDRPlay acquired the excellent Studio One SDR software and adapted for use with the SDRPlay RSP. The new version of Studio One for the SDRPlay was renamed to SDRuno. The addition of SDRuno to the SDRPlay makes the RSP even a better value by adding a very powerful SDR program with a very attractive and professional user interface. Unlike some SDR programs that look pretty dated in comparison. The SDRPlay team continues to add new features and improvements to SDRuno on a very frequent basis. Not to mention that the price of the SDRPlay RSP has been lowered to $129 and is easily available in the US from Ham Radio Outlet. With the SDRPlay RSP’s low price, continous coverage from …

SDRuno Update

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If you are using the SDRPlay, you might want to head over to the SDRPlay Webpage and download the latest version of SDRuno. There are some new features that you might find useful. Not to mention that the bandwidth for non-SDRPlay SDRs has been increased to 2.5 MHz if you are using a RTL SDR or other DLL supported SDRs. Here are the details:

Today, we released version 1.1 of SDRuno, specifically for RSP. New features include a calibrated power measurement facility, an SNR meter and automatic S-meter calibration. There are many additional improvements and fixes. To find out more about all the additional features, documentation can be found on http://www.sdrplay.com/docs/SDRplay_SDRuno_Release_Notes.pdf and the software is available to download from http://www.sdrplay.com/windows.html
Paul Jones and Mike Ladd have worked tirelessly to get the new features documented in an updated version of the SDRuno Cookbook: http://www.nn4f.com/SDRuno-cookbook.pdf
Other SDRs can also use SDRuno with a new increased bandwidth limit of 2.5MHz (e.g. RTL-SDR)

Why Apple’s iMac May be the Best PC for SDR Applications

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Introduction
Most radio hobbyist these days have a PC in the shack these days. Even though convenient and sometimes necessary these PCs can be the source of annoying RFI (Radio Frequency Interference). Of course with many SDR systems, PC’s are a necessary accessory. PC RFI is not limited to affecting SDR systems but also affect analog radios also. It’s just more obvious on SDR radio systems because the RFI can been seen on the spectrum / waterfall display. What causes this? Modern PCs can generate a great deal of local noise via it’s CPU and possibly it’s power supply. The other large RFI generator is the LCD display. Between the two, they can wreak havoc on radio reception. Modern PCs now usually contain multi-core processors that can generate a good deal of RFI. It really doesn’t help matters at all that most PC manufacturers use a large amount of plastic in the cases which allows RFI to leak out more easily. LCD monitors another large source of RFI are all over the place. Some LCD monitors only generate a small amount of RFI while others generate a good deal. All this interference can be seen and heard on your SDR …