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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.
Handheld of the future?
See http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2015/february/ht_of_the_future_at_orlando.htm#.VNi6BC4WKPc .
Southgate News reports that Bruce Perens K6BP will be demonstrating a handheld platform that can cope with many modes at VHF/UHF at the Orlando Hamcation in Florida. This looks like a demonstrator at 100mW RF. With SDRs, quite a flexible, and low cost, architecture is possible.
I wonder which of the “big names” will be first to market with a real SDR design? This could enable them to sell very low cost units, but maybe they would rather shaft us and make big profits?
Very low cost 70cm UHF handhelds
See http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2014/october/price_of_70cm_handhelds_falls.htm#.VDP48MnTCSo .
This is incredible: a 5W handheld for less than £8.
Looking on eBay, just £6.99 ($11) will buy a 70cms unit with charger from Singapore. Tell me, how can ANYONE make money on these?
Thanks to G1KQH, a link to a review: