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Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 – Unveiled the Icom IC-7300 「IC-7300でHFの扉を開こう」

Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 – Unveiled the Icom IC-7300 「IC-7300でHFの扉を開こう」-  IC-7300 adopts the RF Direct Sampling System – Instead of the “conventional” superheterodyne system, Icom utilizes the RF direct sampling system. – (Brochure & Leaflet in ENG and JP below)

This tecnology is seen in SDR (Software Defined Radio) see the block-diagram below. The RF signals path: BPF > A/D Convertr > mostly processed through the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) have large resources (built-in)  to implement complex digital computations. (eliminate physical mixer and filter devices)  > DSP Unit > D/A Converter > AF .

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IC-7300 HF/50MHz Transceiver HF/6m 100W (EU ver. HF/6m/ 100W and 4m 50W) all modes –  Real-time and “serious” .. Spectrum Scope with Waterfall funcion provides top performance in resolution (1 dot) sweep speed and dynamich range (Span width 5kHz – 1000kHz) –

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Large Touch Screen user-frienddly interface provides intuitive operation and touch screen for changing frequency!
(1st touch >enlarger frame > 2dn touch .. ok QSY.. see pictures enahanced by radiocronache from hamlife.jp video)

The FT-991 is an traditional superheterodine quad-bands! The  new IC-7300 adopt the latest  RF direct sampling method (BPF >A/D >FPGA >DSP >D/A – see the Icom block-diagram below) and it is equipped with a high-performance real-time band scope and waterfall on large color TFT touch-screen display!

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IC-7300 Spectrum Scope (mini and max waterfall) Span 5kHz to 1000kHz Touch-screen

Q/A at Ham Fair presentation Q1: What FPGA are you using? Xilinx or Altera? A engineer: Cannot tell // Q2: What is the A/D converter and what is its sampling frequency? A engineer: ICOM is still investigating a couple of candidates. The A/D converter sampling frequency is 124MHz.  (source: TOHOKU2008 )

According to the engineer at the presentation, ICOM will start shipping IC-7300 by the end of 2015. The target price is under 150,000 JPY

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 Icom ha presentato oggi (22/8/15) alla Fiera di Tokyo il nuovo IC-7300 con display TFT a touch screen e radio con nuova architettura a campionamento diretto, tipo SDR ed è il primo apparato della Icom (..interessante le  Broshure’ in Jp e ora ENG (Icom Uk) link below !)

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本日二回目のとなる「IC-7300でHFの扉を開こう」も大盛況!明日もよろしくお願い致します!Ham Fair Tokyo 2015

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アマチュア無線機初「RFダイレクト・サンプリング方式」を採用 – (traslate!!) amateur radio’s first to adopt the “RF direct sampling method” BPF >A/D >FPGA >DSP >D/A standalone (as the main amateur radio equipment manufacturer) see the Icom block-diagram below –

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Equipped with a large color TFT liquid crystal display that corresponds to the touch panel and QSY operations.

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IC-7300 equipped with high-performance real-time scope with a practical skills – a new Icom “compact HF/50MHz transceiver to lead the next generation

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Link to: Download the IC-7300 leaflet by Icom UK in ENG

Link to: Download the IC-7300 Brochure (Japanese) – pdf

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 JVCKENWOOD – YAESU – ICOM Booth’s Virtual Tour!

Ham fair Tokyo 2915 – a new video from the Icom Booth of the new IC 7300  【ハムフェア2015】アイコム新HFトランシーバーIC-7300を解説  by hamlife.jp (report molto interessante)

Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 JVCKENWOOD Booth【ハムフェア東京2015 JVCケンウッドブース】Video tour by JI1ETUjr 22/8

Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 YAESU Booth【ハムフェア東京2015 ヤエスブース】Video tour by JI1ETUjr 22/8/2015

Ham Fair Tokyo 2015 ICOM Booth【ハムフェア東京2015 アイコムブース】Video tour by JI1ETUjr 22/8/2015 (The new Model IC-7300 & another main exhibition is IC-7851)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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DV4mini Hotspot: a link with a simplex frequency (UHF) and a repeater through the Internet.

DV4mini Hotspot for the 70 cm band and can use it with a D-STAR or DMR or C4FM * transceivers – The DV4mini is a very small but also very capable USB Stick that can expand any PC into a Hotspot for the D-STAR and DMR modes (C4FM * Fusion is in development) – (trial beta ver. 18.8 or later uncheck “C4FM Gateway” only DN & VW mode) – Please read official data and the User manual! (link below)

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DV4mini  allows linking with DCS, XRF and REF refectors for D-STAR as well s DMR refectors (trial beta ver. 18.8 or later unckeck C4FM Gateway!). With the DV4mini it has become possible to create a hotspot with minimal resources and thus get access to the (Digital Voice) DV network.
[NoteRefector is a server connected to the Internet or Ham Net and is linked to a number of digital Ham Radio repeaters. If one of these repeaters is active it will send the voice data stream to the refector- (Xrefectors are the second generation of D-STAR reflectors… etc) – (DCS (Digital Call Server) is the most modern D-STAR refector system and in worldwide use, each as 26 rooms) – (DMR refectors consist of several regional servers, ach other via a superordinate network one Hytera & one Motorola) (System Fusion supports WIRES-X internet linking – .. node station requires external optional HRI-200 !)

The DV4mini is a great UHF digital hotspot. It’s support D-Star, DMR and C4FM* !! Very promising technology in process.

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The DV4mini will be connected thru the USB interface with a PC or a single board computer (es: Raspberry PI 2 Mod. B also a keyboard, mouse and HDMI display) and the required software will be installed: V.1.4 DV4mini Controll Panel.

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Frequency 420-450MHz – Modulation types: D-Star GMSK (Gaussian 2FSK) – DMR PLUS 4FSK Raised Cosine – C4FM Fusion DN & VW 4FSK, in process* – Power output: 0.03 mW to 10 mW. – RX -120dBm – Read more to the official web-page.

Link to: Download the DV4mini User Manual ver. ENG .Pdf 

I believe not now, it’s available for Windows, Linux and Raspian ! (Raspberry Pi 2) – For those interested in digital communications, like D-Star, DMR and C4FM there’s a new dongle who will be coming out soon (… they are saying it will be available for international shipping next week). [Note]!! DV4mini Library (in C) licensed under GPL 3.0 — USB Stick DV4mini Copyright:
The rights for the DV4mini stick and its software are reserved with DG8FAC Stefan, DG1HT Torsten, and (>) DJØABR Kurt

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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FlexRadio Systems® and NW Digital Radio Offer D-STAR Compatible Solution

FlexRadio Systems® and NW Digital Radio Offer D-STAR Compatible Solution – Notizia del 13/8/2015:  la FlexRadio Systems®, produttore della serie SDR Flex-6000, rilascerà presto un aggiornamento per il suo software SmartSDR™ tale da implementare il modo digitale D-STAR (open standard sviluppato dalla JARL) con l’uso del modulo ThumbDV ™ della NW Digital Radio.

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Owners of FLEX-6000™ Signature Series transceivers may add AMBE encoding/decoding to their radios by inserting the ThumbDV™ into one of the available USB ports.
The NW Digital Radio ThumbDV™ digital voice dongle will be available directly from FlexRadio Systems®, as well as from NW Digital Radio.
Steve, N5AC VP Engineering, writes: “We are making the modules open source so that others that are so inclined can expand on what we’ve done. We may also do more just depending on popularity, demand, etc.

Link to: NWDR Web-page press release of 13/8/2015 ENG

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DVSI AMBE-3000F Vocoder Chip (AMBE = Advanced Multi-Band Excitation) it contains, to implement D-Star; DMR/Mototrbo capability and other digital standards!)

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For the on-air ThumbDV dongle and any other code to support the digital mode and D-Star this required an external app (software PC) (es: DV Node for Windws etc. )

Link to: Info about HF D-STAR net operations & Schedule

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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FT-991 – MAIN V02.02 – DSP V01.04 – TFT V02.01 JUL.24 – VA7OJ’ RX & TX All Tests

FT-991  HF, 50, 144, 430 MHz All Mode – Yaesu USA Update the Firmware MAIN Ver. 02.02  – DSP Ver. 01.04 and TFT Ver. 02.01 of 24/07/2015 – VA7OJ’ FT-991 Complete Tests Report – See …news and link below –

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The complete FT-991 test report is now available on the website by VA7OJ’ Adam – (Receiver Tests & Trasmitter Tests) rx: MDS – RMRD – DR3 – DR2 – FM IMD rejection – NPR – Image & 1st IF rejection – AGC impulse response – DNR SINAD // tx: Power Output -CW keing envelope and sidebands – ALC compression test – Trasmitted 2 tone IMD – Tramitted Composite noise HF 50 144 & 430 MHz (22 pag.)  (Grazie, Adam per questo eccellente Test report!)

Link to: Download the Complete Tests rx-tx  of 25/7/2015

Receiver performance evaluation using notched noise, tune DUT (FT-991) such that the IF passband is centred in the notch. Calculate NPR using Equation: NPR = Ptot – BWR – MDS. – All the NPR measurements, by VA7OJ, Adam are performed in SSB mode, at 2.4 kHz bandwidth. The bottom of the notch in the noise generator (a Wandel & Goltermann RS-50 White Noise Generator ) bandstop filter is 3 kHz wide. Adam uses the 3 kHz roofing filter in the DUT (automatically selected in SSB mode in the FT-991 Transceiver)

Link to: Download the FT-991 RX NPR Test of 18/7/2015

A typical NPR test case emulates 1200 contiguous SSB signals, each at S9 + 30 dB. The higher the NPR figure obtained in the test, the better the DUT will be able to survive such extreme conditions. – The NPR test is also useful for identifying IMD choke points in a receiver front end, e.g. in RF steering diodes, and also passive IMD (PIM) in crystal filters, inductor cores and even some capacitor dielectrics.
I would categorise NPR ranges as follows: Measurement limit: ~ 95 dB (notch depth) / 85 dB and up: Excellent / 80-85 dB: Very good to excellent  /  75-80 dB: Very good / 70-75 dB: Good / 65-70 dB: Acceptable to good (source by Adam, VA7OJ – grazie!)

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Yaesu USA Update the FT-991′ Firmware: MAIN Ver. 02.02  – DSP Ver. 01.04 and TFT Ver. 02.01 of 24/07/2015 –
[Note]: Please read the Yaesu Firmware Upgrade Manual before proceding to the Yaesu multiple software installations and employees by different types of transfer software .exe!-

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[Note] the MAIN software should be installed first! Caution: it does wipe all the settings including the memory channels. Update features: • The WIRES-X (VoIP network) function is added • Improved and optimized. (read more…)

Link to: Yaesu USA FT-991 Firmware Information 07/24/15

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VIRES-X: Quando viene trovato un nodo locale, il simbolo “X” è acceso stabile, e sotto nel display compare il nome del nodo (nominativo di chiamata) e il nome della città (QTH).

Leggere tutte le istruzioni con immagini incluse sul Manuale di Istruzione Yaesu FT-991 C4FM  FDMA/FM (VIRES-X Edition in ENG) che si trova nella cartella .zip “Firmware_Update_JUL24” da scaricare da Yaesu USA! – (Per i dati e le istruzioni in italiano non ho trovato ad ora linck utili! leggere, comunque altre notizie sul Manuale Utente del 991)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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RS-BA1 Ver.1.80 Enanced Functions and Features Icom Update 2015/07/17

RS-BA1 IP Remote Control Software Icom Update Ver. 1.80, Enhanced Functions and Features – Now the high- resolution spectrum scope with waterfall function can be observed on the RS-BA1 (1.80) for a single band on only the IC-7850 and IC-7851 – You must have a previous version of the RS-BA1 software installed BEFORE you can update to version 1.80.
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In addition to the conventional tuning knob controls, some items can be adjusted with slider controls (see pictur above) The slider controls provide visual and fine adjustment within the the function’s range.

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The background color of the remote controller screen has been changed from gray to black.  Its muted black background and one-colored icons provide better visibility. [Note] When you use the RS-BA1 with a USB 3.0 device, you must use a USB 3.0 drive.

Link to: Icom RS-BA1 Official News Release 16/7/2015 (Pdf)

italiano La Ver. 1.80 è compatibile con IC-7850 e 7851 Firmware V1.10, e qui offre una nuova importante funzione per un analizzatore di spettro e waterfall visibile a distanza nella console del PC di controllo remoto (client) (solo per una singola banda) – Icom assicura che è compatibile, solo per il resto, con IC-7700 V.2.00; IC-7800 V3.10, IC-7600 V2.00 e IC-7100 V.1.10 (e i loro successori) – Si scarica da Icom Global e funziona solo per chi ha già installato una delle versioni precedenti di RS-BA1, che si acquista con un codice riservato. (info e dati su Icom o su importatore Icom in Italia)

Thanks to the Internet, hams !!! now have the ability to remotely operate any station at any distance – all without the complication and limitation of RF linking or a big anetnna farms, hi! – Maybe you have a well-equipped home station and you’d like to share your good fortune with some of your friends via overIP ADSL Internet. Or, perhaps you are a ham living under onerous restrictions and you’d like to establish a remote station so that you can finally get on the air!

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This has created a boon in remote station control, making it possible for hams to continue enjoying their hobby regardless of where they live.  Among professionals this is known as Radio over IP or RoIP. — (IC-7200 only for vision!)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only (tnx).

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II5YOTA Special Call On The Air from the Youth Radio Camp in Marina di Massa IT

II5YOTA  (Youngsters On The Air) Special event station on the air from youth radio camp in Marina di Massa, Toscana (Italy) – The 5th Youngsters On The Air is an official camp supported by the IARU Region 1, thanks to the effort of A.R.I., the Italian Amateur Radio Association. (!! Watch the pictures & the Video by link below)

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In the week 18 – 25 July, 2015 teams of young radio amateurs from several countries will be participating in all kind of amateur radio activities. (total of 76 young hams coming from 22 countries) Read more and video below

Link to: II5YOTA Report & Picture by IW5EDI’s web-site.
Link to: Official Data and news by web YOTA 2015 Italy

A drone video showing part of the YOTA radio-camp. Thank you to Leonardo, IW5EFX for amazing video! ( 20/7/2015)

italiano – YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) è nato come progetto della IARU Regione 1, (International Amateur Radio Union) per interessare  giovani radioamatori, fino all’età di 25 anni, allo scopo di farli incontrare in un attrezzato Radio Camp per una settimana insieme.

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Questi incontri internazionali tra giovani radioamatori sono promossi dalla IARU e tramite le associazioni dei Radiomatori affinché possano presentare e approfondire temi radioamatoriali, promuovere progetti comuni, pianificare attività e favorire uno scambio culturale e scientifico – Dal 2015 sono aperti alla partecipazione a tutte le Nazioni della ITU Regione 1,  ovvero Europa, Africa e Medio Oriente.  Questo 5th YOTA si svolge in Italia, a Marina di Massa (vedi report e video! per saperne di più)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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FTDX-1200 & FTDX-3000 MAIN, DSP, TFT Software Update 14 July, 2015

The FTDX-1200 Update Software: MAIN Ver. 01.11 – DSP Ver. 05.54 – TFT Ver. 01.05 and The   FTDX-3000 Update Software MAIN Ver. 01.20  DSP Ver. 05.54 TFT Ver. 01.09  (14 July, 2015) now the water-fall display & spectrum scope memory function is improved. (No mouse operation!) Before downloading this software, please read the “Important Notes” on official Yaesu Update Manuals -(…. in ENG version!).

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Full screen display of Spectrum Scope – Water Fall

Yaesu con gli aggiornamenti del firmware sia per FTdx-1200 che FTdx-3000 aggiunge nuove funzioni da selezionare sempre con lo [SCOPE Button] pigiandolo in sequenza via, via per 5 selezioni, oppure si può memorizzare dati fino a  25″ degli  eventi che interessano.  – Non sono state incluse scelte e o azioni  di sintonia operando con un mouse., come invece ha fatto la Icom per tre suoi modelli di recente.
Leggere le istruzioni su come procedere agli aggiornamenti e le indicazioni aggiuntive sulle funzioni e manovre e per i nuovi settaggi  dei menù: [SCOPE] key – SCOPE MODE – FFT DISPLY MODE etc! …. purtroppo NON trovate in Italiano!

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Spectrum Scope/Water Fall displayed at the bottom of the scree

[Note] There are four (4) different Software installations (Yaesu still uses the multiple software systems installations! on the FTdx-3000 & FTdx-1200, not use a unified software environment) – Each one must be followed carefully. – Installing the wrong type software may cause difficulties.

Link to: Yaesu FTdx-3000 Main-page (go… to all Files) ENG
Link to: Yaesu FTdx-1200 Main-page (go… to all Files) ENG

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[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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FlexRadio – The “Maestro” Control Console for Flex-6000′ SDR Transceiver

The new Maestro Controll Console for the Flex-6000′ SDR Transceivers in the FlexRadio Systems booth at the Ham Radio Show in Friedrichshafen 2015. – FlexRadio plans to sell the Maestro for $999 with availability in the 4Q of 2015. (see the Maestro demo video …below!)

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Maestro: very handy gear, especially when portable, no cables. Finally a real radio with traditional knobs! and latest touch-screen technology! in an Control console for SDR Transceiver (only for Flex-6000′ series).

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Una unità molto utile, soprattutto portatile e senza cavi. Finalmente una vera e propria radio con le manopole tradizionali! e l’ultima tecnologia touch-screen! questo in una consolle di controllo per ricetrasmettitori digitali SDR! (Maestro solo per la serie Flex-6000 del produttore USA).

Alla Ham Radio Expò di Friedrichshafen dello scorso fine Giugno, si sono notati cartelli della FlexRadio (USA) per apparati a tecnologia SDR (software defined radios) come il FlexADP FlexRadio Application Developer Partener Program già in corso (offers a world of possibilities for software interfacing, with SmartSDR’s APIs it is easy...)  e il Maestro …Orchestrating Radio in… any way, any where… plug-and play! Truly opening up new ways of amateur radio. (!) Dear… Japanese big brands, we await your plans on this
Link to: Download Maestro datasheet v.2.00 EN pdf

(Maestro Demo Video by FlexRadio of 7/24/2015)

FlexRadio Systems will be participating in the Global AIS On Space Station (GLASS) project, providing hardware that will be placed on the ISS – The project showcases the benefits of acquiring and disseminating ocean faring vessel information for use in commercial, safety and security environmental and educational applications (!.. Link to:  JAMSS America, Inc)

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[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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FDM-DUO – the DDS SDR design and build quality is Italian quality!

The FDM-DUO that provides an advanced Direct Digital Samplin (DDS) SDR Compact HF 50MHz QRP Transceiver. Covering all bands from 9kHz trough to 50MHz, with 5 watts RF outup and multiple receivers.  That can be used in standalone mode (not PC) or it can be entirely computer controlled – The design and build quality is Italian quality !

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 Standalone OperationG4WNC, Mike wrote on the RadCom of March 2015: The large knob provides the main tuning and this can be set to operate with a wide range of tuning steps from 1 Hz to 1 MHz . If you’re using the rig in standalone mode, you just need to connect power, antenna and mic/key and you’re in business. (! more: please read the User Manual)

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Computer operation – The real flexibility of the FDM-DUO was realised when I combined the rig with the Elad FDM-SW2 SDR Software on external PC – I had access to up to 8 software receivers plus the standalone receiver making a total of nine, which is more thanI could ever use!

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G4WNC, Mike wrote: If you were a datamodes fan or contester, you could have one receiver tuned to the PSK band segment and the audio routed to an instance of FLDIGI. You could then have another receiver set to the RTTY segment with a RTTY decoder. You could also have CW Skimmer running on another receiver checking out CW activity on the band. … You could then duplicate this setup on the second DUO channel, which could be tuned to a different band! – (!! nrd…. maybe you need many ears! hi)

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The antenna signal is applied to some ESD protection and 5 anti-aliasing filter before being passed to the main analogue to digital converter (ADC). Elad use the popular LTC2165, 16-bit ADC thet’s clock at 122.88MHz to provide confortable sampling (serial data stream runs at just under 2Gb/s) of the entire RF spectrum to 9kHz through to 54MHz.

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Elad uses a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA and the decimated outup in standalone mode is 192ksps and the tuning range wold be abaut 180kHz (output of the Spartan 6 is passed to an STM32F429 ARM microcontroller) – However, when operating the FDM-DUO using the included FDM-SW2 software, the decimation range can be changed in six steps up to a maximum of 6.144Msps.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)