New SDR Progress   September 22nd, 2013

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Justin, G0KSC and myself have been working hard on the Apache-Labs new SDR transceivers and getting some experience on their quite amazing performance. SDR has long been recognized as a significant way forward for many ham operators. Not everybody sees their PC as the centre of their station, but many do, and some want to have the choice of using both in their station.

It is now far easier to set up an SDR station than ever before, and there are a number of choices available for anybody wishing to give it a go. Those that like experimenting and have some construction skills can purchase various boards to make their own radio. Others want an off the shelf answer. The latter category of potential customers have been living in somewhat of a vacuum for the past eighteen months, and this is not good for an area of the hobby that promises so much but fails to be readily available in commercial form.

It is for this reason that we have been focusing on the Apache-Labs ready built transceivers. Our business is to provide what is wanted and what we believe in. We believe in SDR and have done so for a number of years. In fact we were in there right at the beginning. And to give customers the opportunity of purchasing commercial examples, we have been hunting around for current options. Our prime task was to find something that we could deliver as a finished product and one that had been extensively tested by users around the world.

As I said before . there are many examples of SDR at various levels. Many of these are quite good, but to really make the final choice it is to check both the integrity of the design and the planned development and perpetuity. On top of this we also need to make sure that both FCC and CE approval has been received. These requirements tend to immediately reduce the number of possibilities to just a very few choices.

Tests have proved that Apache Labs have indeed succeeded in producing some very high level designs which are right at the top of the ladder in terms of performance and specification. We will have the first units available this coming week. Peter G3OJV.

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