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Posted Saturday, October 21, 2006 3:19 PM
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Hi

I am new to amatuer radio and with that in mind I am open minded and not cluttered up with the "I have always done this or that and would not be seen dead with an SDR brigade.

So my question is to those of you who have been working SDR for some time, is this one step for mankind and something I should be doing by going straight for sDR or should I wait and have a play on a conventional rig before taking the leap into the unknown?

dave

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Posted Sunday, October 22, 2006 9:12 PM


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Dave,

I can say for sure "one size fits none".  It really depends on your sense of adventure, your willingness to actually have to work with a radio a bit (not an appliance operator), your patience and your ability to put in a little effort for a great amount of reward and satisfaction.

The SDR-1000 is VERY cutting edge, but as I indicated, it is very rewarding once you get through the initial learning curve (it is not steep).  If you old want to pull the transceiver out of a box, hook up the power, mic, antenna and be on the air in 5 minutes, this is not your rig.  If you do decide that a little bit of experimentation is not an evil thing, your initial reward is the best performing receiver on the market using the high performance FA-66 sound card.  If you are into digital mode, this rig is fabulous with the variable RX and TX filters.  The SSB capabilities with the FA-66 is phenomenal  and the CW ops rave about it.

I have a very nice Icom 756 Pro II that never gets used anymore, except to check my on air TX settings. 

I personally will never buy a traditional radio again.  The open source SDRs are the way to go!

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Tim - W4TME

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Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2006 5:47 PM
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Hi Tim

Thanks for the words of wisdom. I have decided to take the plunge and will be purchasing the SDR1000-100w and all the bits that go to make it work this coming Saturday. I am into the give it a go and see what happens club and prepared to climb the slope of learning.

As I said, I am not cluttered up with other notions of what I should and should not have so with an open mind its in with both feet.

Dave

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Posted Friday, October 27, 2006 2:57 PM
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Welcome to the club.  Let us know if you have any questions and we'll be happy to answer them.

Eric Wachsmann

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Posted Sunday, October 29, 2006 1:46 AM
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Hi Eric

Thanks for the welcome. Went out on Saturday morning and purchased the 1000-100Watt and all the trimmings.

I have opted for an external automatic ATU but was also told to purchase a SWR meter and put that in line as well although now I read the information on the ATU I think maybe the SWR was not needed. It will come in hand if I go walk about with a mobil unit which I intend to do in the future as I am told there is nothing more invigorating that freezing your nuts off sitting on the top of a hill trying to make a distant contact?

Dave

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