SDR receivers and transceivers

There is a real gap in my knowledge as I have never once tried an SDR based receiver or transceiver. SDR dongles are very low cost, so I really have no excuse.

On the Southgate site I read news of a new SDR 5W transceiver.


Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cambridge, England.

4 Responses to “SDR receivers and transceivers”

  • Richard vk3rr:

    Hi Guys
    I finally gave into this arena, and purchased an SDRplay from the UK.
    Their recommended S/W was SDRuno. This s/w is full of bugs, for me it attacked my win10 operating system on three PCs. (When something fails, try something else … ths was very painful!) SDR Console seems to be a more useful choice of SDR s/w. I have written the suppliers and they must be very aware of it, as I have heard similar stories from others. Now that I am over all the initial frustration, it is quite an intro to the WORLD of SDR receivers.
    I plan to start tracking satellites in the 2m band with it. Watching the doppler and all that should be heaps of fun.
    Richard VK3RR

  • W7DAO:

    I like the idea of SDR and I even have the dongle with the HF up converter, (now for the but), but…

    Yes, I want a 100W SDR Transceiver, but let me get this straight, I have to pay much more than I would for a non-SDR rig and I still have to supply a computer. Many of the guts of a modern non-SDR radio are pulled out and those functions are replaced by the software running on a computer that I also bought – more equipment while paying a premium for the radio. For me I don’t see an attractive price vs. benefit ratio for SDR transceivers yet.

  • Colin GM4JPZ:

    I agree with your comments on SDRUno, it’s hopeless. I use HDSDR with my SDRPlay RSP1 and am very happy with it.

    Colin GM4JPZ

  • Lyle WM0S:

    The Icom IC-7300 is a fabulous standalone 100 watts SDR transceiver. No computer is needed. Cost is around $1,300. Since it arrived about 1 year ago, it has taken the ham world by storm!

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