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Flex-Radio 1500 & WSJT

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  • Les Rayburn
    For those who haven t seen it yet, Flexradio is debuting a new Software Defined Radio (SDR) that is targeted directly towards the serious VHF weak signal ham
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29, 2010
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      For those who haven't seen it yet, Flexradio is debuting a new Software Defined Radio (SDR) that is targeted directly towards the serious VHF weak signal ham who is already using transverters. I.E., a lot of us!
       
      The Flexradio 1500 is an entry level SDR, that covers HF-6M at 5 watt output. But it also incorporates a ton of features targeted at transverter users...best of all it will retail for under $700.
       
       
      Among those features:
       
      • Separate receive only antenna input.
      • New I/O connector to make it easier to provide band data, key PTT, sequencers, etc.
      • Ability to configure internal high gain/low noise pre-amps for weak signal operation
      • Input for external frequency standard, critical for UHF and above operations, also a huge plus for digital modes.
      I'm certainly planning on saving some pennies to get one of these. One question that I have for current users of the Flex-Radio SDR software is regarding WSJT (digital mode) operations. Since the units include a built in soundcard, I assume that Windows would recognize that soundcard, and WSJT could be configured to work with the SDR without the need for an additional interface. Is this correct?
       
      If so, how does the SDR software interact with the WSJT software? Does everyone play nice?
       
      How long before we see a fully featured VHF/UHF SDR? I imagine that a 50mhz to 1.2ghz SDR with about 5 watts of output power would sell very well indeed.
       
      73,
       
      Les Rayburn, N1LF
      EM63nf
       
       
       
       

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