[amsat-bb] Yaesu FT-857D
k4rgk at arrl.net
Fri Jan 22 23:24:49 UTC 2016
I'm curious if you worked with SDRPlay in your testing. It has positive
feedback here but it's not included in your tested "3". I've had great
operational results with the SDRPlay but I have not compared it with
other SDR receivers for satellite work.
Thanks & 73
On 1/22/2016 5:59 PM, 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> 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 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.
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