[amsat-bb] SDR's for satellite work, was: ===> Re: Yaesu FT-857D
planophore at aei.ca
Sat Jan 23 00:01:41 UTC 2016
Thank you Stefan (and all),
I think I will put the FCDP+ at the top of my list for now.
Regards software. This has been a bit hit and miss with me for SDR's.
I like SDR# but it is Windoze only. I prefer Linux but use Windows when
have to. On Linux I have been using GQRX. They all have their pluses and
minuses but the challenge becomes getting everything to place nice
together, for example which OS? I like GPREDICT and there are Windows
and Linux flavours but the FCDP+ software is Windows only (or is it? I
will have a go look see).
I guess it is time to do some more reading and research.
Glad I didn't get a HackRF.
cheers, Graham ve3gtc
On 2016-01-22 22:59, Stefan Wagener wrote:
> Hi Graham.
> If you check online, the HackRF has been a huge disappointment as a
> receiver for a number of reasons. The airspy is better but at the end
> it is the FCD Pro+ that will outperform all of them especially with
> the narrow SAW filters on 2m and 70cm. I had all three and tested them
> extensively for satellite work. At the end I only kept the FCDplus+.
> Hope this helps,
> Stefan, VE4NSA
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 4:33 PM, Graham <planophore at aei.ca
> <mailto:planophore at aei.ca>> wrote:
> 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
> 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.
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