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    We have mentioned the forthcoming Airspy SDR, which while based on the RTL dongles we love so much, is a much more robust receiver capable of displaying 10 MHz of spectrum simultaneously anywhere between 24-1750 MHz. There is more information now available at http://www.airspy.com . Register if you are interested, please, as the more people that express an interest in purchasing there are the less expensive the device may be. As it stands now the target range for pricing is between $99 and $149.

    Apparently preliminary testing by the beta team has yielded amazingly good results, with reportedly 8 MHz of spectrum being alias and image free, which is an inherent problem with SDR's given their lack of front end filtering. I'm sure everyone's mileage will vary with this given so many different types of RF environments, but it is encouraging. The person taking the lead in this project is also the author of SDRSharp, incidentally.

    This will be a USB 2.0 device and will run "out of the box" with SDRSharp software. I expect it'll run with SDR-Radio as well and it's all ready to go with gnuradio, gqrx, osmocom-sdr, etc. in Linux.

    If you're interested, please register and let them know! Thanks.
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    I've been holding out for a HackRF but I'd grab one of these to play with.

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    Has anyone received any communications after registering? They said they'd be ready in a month back in March.
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    These small market products seem in general to take a lot longer than they're reported to. I know from following their Twitter feed that it is "close". But that said no timeframe. It was suggested in another forum that projects like this in general are not attractive to the companies that manufacture components because the volume of components is initially a lot lower than the larger electronics etc. companies they're dealing with. Apparently if this is correct information it causes such projects to be "back burnered" by the big guys in favor of other big guys.

    Case and point, I waited nearly 6 months to get Nuand's XB-200 HF/VHF transverter for my bladeRF. It seems to have been worth the wait though as preliminary performance seems excellent. Many people have been waiting for the HackRF for over a year. It is close to shipping finally. I have one on order as well and I've only been waiting since late June. I'll order an Airspy as well as it will serve well as a portable SDR whereas the other two are better suited to stay home, especially the BladeRF which still does not have a proper case to house both the main board and the transverter.
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    Meant to provide an update. As of 8/2 they are close to the first 500 being available. I think I'm somewhere within the first 500 that expressed interest so I'll keep you posted. Announcement was made on http://www.airspy.com .
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    I should be somewhere in there too.
    I'll post if I get a notice.

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    Pre-orders for the Airspy are now being taken at the iTead Studios website. The final cost is $199, shipping options are either $3 for registered mail or $26 for DHL. I stumbled on it this morning during a check of the iTead website, and about an hour after that the "official" announcement was made. I placed the 37th order for one. They are slated to be shipped in mid-November and of course will be out-of-the-box compatible with SDR#, with support from SDR-Console and hopefully UniTrunker forthcoming.
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    I waited too long, they are all sold out. Hopefully there will be a second batch made. With my new antenna, a decent computer, and improved software I've been able to copy a lot of DMR traffic and even some NXDN. I'm really getting into this SDR stuff.
    Now if only a Unitrunker like product for DMR will come out, but I digress.
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    I have one on order and I'll provide a full report when I put it through its paces.

    That said, it "appeared" to me that the forthcoming version of DSD+ has trunk following capability. There is a link in the DSD+ Status thread at RR that showed some pretty interesting video; you might want to check it out.
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    I'll definitely take a look at that thread.

    Now I'll have to figure out how to get two dongles working at the same time without crashing the computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott SNE Webmaster View Post
    I have one on order and I'll provide a full report when I put it through its paces.

    That said, it "appeared" to me that the forthcoming version of DSD+ has trunk following capability. There is a link in the DSD+ Status thread at RR that showed some pretty interesting video; you might want to check it out.
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    There's a utility that allows for changing the serial #'s of RTL dongles so they don't have a potential "clash". Off the top of my head we may have discussed it here. You may also be able to find it at www.rtl-sdr.com. I may have it somewhere; it's been a long time since I've done it, but it was relatively easy, command window command line program.
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    I have two different brands, but they might be the same only different cases. This happened when I was trying to use Unitrunker early in the year. I stopped working with SDR until I could get the new antenna up. I looked at the DSD+ thread and the upcoming version looks like it will be very nice. Being able to lock out talk groups, if that ends up being supported will make trying to track TGs much easier. Right now about half of what I hear on the ICE system is AAA traffic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott SNE Webmaster View Post
    There's a utility that allows for changing the serial #'s of RTL dongles so they don't have a potential "clash". Off the top of my head we may have discussed it here. You may also be able to find it at www.rtl-sdr.com. I may have it somewhere; it's been a long time since I've done it, but it was relatively easy, command window command line program.
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    Ordered on today. They anticipate mid December shipping. Now I really need to start learning the various software out there.
    Last edited by garys; 12-04-2014 at 22:45.
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