SDR From the Ukraine?
wb4jfi at knology.net
Mon Nov 24 10:18:30 CST 2008
There is at least one commercial SDR-1000 clone, called the SDR-100. It was
designed around the original Youngblood articles in QEX, and did not have
some upgrades that the actual SDR-1000 had (even the original 3-board
SDR1000). Its specs were not as good as the actual SDR-1000. It was shown
in a black box like the SDR-1000 enclosure, so I don't know if this item is
one of those, or some other clone.
There is also an SDR called the WonderRadio, that is similar to the
The SDR-1000 was originally a three-baord set. As such, it had some issues.
Flex improved it by adding a fourth board with better filters, a better Rx
preamp, and some other stuff. I imagine this clone has better filters on
the three board set itself.
Keep in mind that both the SDR-1000 and this clone(?) use a parallel port
for control. Those ports are getting harder to find on a decent computer.
Also, the computer should be a 2.5GHz or faster machine in order to run the
more recent versions of PowerSDR. So, trying to find a fast enough computer
that still has a parallel port can be difficult. Flex had a USB-to-parallel
adaptor available, but it's discontinued. You can occassionally get one on
ebay, I did.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tacos-bounces+wb4jfi=amrad.org at amrad.org
> [mailto:tacos-bounces+wb4jfi=amrad.org at amrad.org]On Behalf Of Frank
> Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:58 AM
> To: tacos
> Subject: SDR From the Ukraine?
> Hello from Boston.
> Someone from Kiev Ukraine is offering an SDR-1000 compatible radio on
> eBay. Is this a just a knockoff or another radio? Some of the text
> suggests it is improved with switchable filters but lacks detail about
> it. He calls it an SDR-1000 clone.
> It is kind of expensive just for finding out. He has good feedback as a
> buyer but this seems his first listing as a seller. Perhaps we should
> email to see if he offers more detailed information. The photo looks
> like a nice unit but is only a stack of cards without a case.
> I note that the SDR-1000 is no longer available from FLEX Radio.
> Frank K0BRA
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