[amsat-bb] Yaesu FT-857D

Graham planophore at aei.ca
Fri Jan 22 22:33:58 UTC 2016

very interesting discussion.

Does anyone have any first hand experience using the Airspy SDR 

It is in the same price range as FCDP+ and a bit more than the SDRPlay.

There are so many to choose from with prices all the over the place. I 
realize that you get what you pay for but sometimes that is not always 
obvious, for example the HackRF devices are considerably more the 
SDRPlay/FCDP+/Airspy but as someone commented, lacks front end filtering 
making them a poorer choice.

So far I have been only dabbling with receiving the many satellites now 
flying about. It has been a long time since I have made any contacts 
through any of them, that was back in the OSCAR 7/8, RS10/11 era.

cheers, Graham ve3gtc

On 2016-01-22 20:45, Clayton W5PFG wrote:
> Like others have mentioned here, the $20-25 RTL Dongles have not 
> worked very well for me when combined with a transmitter.  The 
> FT-857D/FUNcube DonglePro+ combo worked well for me. Not one of the 
> two RTL dongles was suitable for regular use.  I rank the RTL's as a 
> failure for both mode B or J birds without significant additional 
> filters.  For simple receive use, they're okay.
> If compactness was a desire, the FCDP+ would be my choice. However, 
> the SDRPlay mentioned has a lot more bandwidth capability and is 
> reasonably priced from HRO in the states.
> 73
> Clayton

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