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Amateur Radio Projects and Software Defined Radio

Kyocera E6560 – A Cheap Network Radio Rugged Smartphone

If you are interested in getting into Network Radio, but not ready to spend $150 to $300 for a dedicated HT style device, you might find that the Kyocera E6560 Smartphone might fit the bill. The Kyocera E6560 is basically a ruggedized unlocked GSM Android Smartphone with a PTT button for Zello use or other PTT applications that sells for $75 to $80. The E6560 has a great build quality and feels good in the hand. Unlike the typical Network Radio HTs the E6550 sports a 4.5 inch screen that makes operating the unit far easier than the 2.5 inch screen models. Not to mention that the E6560 is far more pocketable. The dual front firing speakers provides plenty of volume like the HT style devices for use in noisy environments. So, if you are looking for a dedicated inexpensive Network Radio Device rather than carrying your expensive smartphone around check out the video below from Ham Radio Science. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Ham Radio Science YouTube channel for more upcoming videos.




Pulsat PM-1100 Network Radio Review

Having found the X Boss TM-7S a great deal of fun, we took a look at a mobile / base version of a Network Radio the Pulsat PM-1100. The Pulsat Network Radio is pretty much identical to the very popular Inrico TM7. The Pulsat Network turned out to be very nice compact mobile / base unit for Network Radio use with a few quibbles. Check out the video on our YouTube Channel. Please don’t forget to subscribe!

 


X Boss 7S+ Network Radio YouTube Review

 

We tried out the X Boss 7S+ Network Radio HT, check out the video!



SDRplay RSPduo End User Review

Introduction
After using the new RSPduo for a couple of months, I can say yet again that SDRPlay has produced another excellent product in their inexpensive line of wide range SDR products. After the original SDRplay RSP1 was introduced SRplay continued to enhance and improve the platform by releasing new models with improved and new features. However the new SDRPlay RSP units such as the RSP2, RSP2pro, and RSP1A were evolutionary products. Recently SDRplay introduced a revolutionary SDR product with the release of the RSPduo. What makes the RSPduo unique is that unlike previous RSPs, the RSPduo use two separate 1kHZ and 2GHz 14 bit tuners each having up to 10MHz of bandwidth. Of course the best part is that SDRPlay managed to bring the RSPduo to market with a list price of only $279 is pretty amazing. Ok. lets put that into perspective. Right now their only two SDR transceivers  on the market that feature dual independent receivers. They are the Icom  IC 7610 (street $3200),  Anan 7000DLE ($2995),  Anan 8000DLE ($3595) and the Flex 6600 (starting at $3999). Ok to be fair, these radios are 100 to 200W amateur radio transceivers, but if you want a SDR receiver …

Elad FDM-DUO – SDR Done Right!

Introduction
The SDR-DUO has been on the bench in day to day use for about 2 months now so it’s time to talk about how it works out in “real world” use. The Italian made FDM-DUO has to be the most versatile, well designed, and well thought out SDR system currently on the market. With some of the major amateur radio manufacturers beginning to bring SDR systems to market, they would do well to take a look at what Elad has done here. The FDM-DUO can be used as a very pleasant and capable standalone transceiver as well as a very powerful SDR system when coupled with Elad’s brilliant FDM-SW2 SDR software. The FDM-SW2 software has to be hands down the best SDR programs out there featuring a wide array of useful features currently unmatched by other entries. It’s also nice to know that Elad isn’t resting on their laurels when it comes to software. Elad is continuously making improvements and adding new features to the FDM-S2 software. The FDM-DUO concept is exactly what a lot of radio hobbyist have been looking for. A pleasant easy to use standalone direct sampling SDR transceiver for times when you just want to …

Anan 10E First Look

Introduction
After a month evaluating the Anan10E SDR, there is only one word to describe this little guy, “WOW’! No doubt that the Anan10E is one of the best rigs to come through the Ham Radio Science shack, if not the very best. Probably most Apache Labs SDR owners already know this, but now for those us who would like to try one, admittance to the Apache Labs club has just got a whole lot cheaper. With a street price of $965 from US dealers such as Gigaparts , Ham Radio Outlet and Cheapham, this puts the 10E in a price range that is very competitive with other entry level conventional HF / 6M transceivers. This includes such rigs as the Icom IC-7200, Yaesu 450D, Kenwood TS-480SAT, Alinco DX-SR9T, and the Elecraft KX3. Now some may argue that SDR radios do cost a little more because of the need of a computer system to use them, but then again these days computer equipment had gotten very inexpensive. Another thing to keep in mind is that Anan 10E output power is around 15 to 20W on HF and 8 to 10W on 6M. With the exception of the Elecraft KX3, …

NooElec Aluminum Extruded Case for the Ham It Up HF Converter

Overview

Looking for a place to put your Ham It Up Converter? NewElec is now selling a very nice aluminum extruded case to fit the Ham It Up HF converter. As was discussed in an earlier article on HRS, a RTL2832U Dongle and the Ham It Up converter make a killer combo for a VHF,UHF, and HF SDR receiver with a very respectable bandwidth for less than $100. The new enclosures from NooElec will give you a good looking home for your Ham It Up converter and are available in blue or silver. The blue case uses laser etched labeling while the silver case uses silk screen labeling. The blue case looks very nice, but the silver case’s labeling stands out a little better. However, you can’t go wrong with either color. The cases also provide additional RF shielding for your Ham It Up converter. The case kit comes with the aluminum case with a cut out for the USB port, two pre-cut aluminum end pieces with cut outs for the by-pass switch and rf jacks, and a pack of small screws with two standoffs. The enclosures looks terrific and provides additional protection for your Ham It HF Converter.…