Well a few days in and I’m mightily impressed with this receiver. Although I miss out on the wideband (200kHz-6MHz) optional spectrum view that the Elad S2 SDR had I think I know enough of the frequencies used in HF aero for that not to be of too much concern.
I have my top 100 frequencies stored and alpha tagged so I know what I’m listening too without having to convert the frequency to a staiton or MWARA/RDARA group.
I like the twin passband tuning, it allows me to offset the IF sufficient to remove that bassy sound and although I don’t know exactly by how much I can definitely hear with the inner PBT knob turned left by one increment. When I had the Elad FDM S2 it needed approximately 300Hz offset to make the audio nice and clear.
The picture above is the actual receiver complete with modified alpha tag!
This evening I came across the RAF VOLMET broadcast on 5450kHz which was coming in quite nicely, whether it’s the receiver or just good propagation I don’t know but I’ve not heard this frequency quite that good before so I shot a short video. Here it is:
I have the receiver plugged in to a small set of Logitech computer speakers and this provides a much improved audio experience over the stock speaker. The speakers are plugged in to the external speaker socket. However, most of the time I have a pair of Sennheiser HD201 headphones plugged into the front phones socket, a rather good idea for someone of my years!
I also have a cable connecting the record socket on the rear to the laptop PC for decoding SELCAL codes and making audio recordings, and finally the RS232 socket provides a connection to the laptop for uploading and downloading frequencies to and from the receiver memories. And just for the heck of it but not very often I can control the receiver using Ham Radio Deluxe.