This is the really cool thing about SDR. I checked my mail and voila' a new radio heard from!!
Vic VK1AA sent in a note about theGENESIS G40. Its a 40M 5 W transceiver, and depending on the which sound card is used for the A/D converter can work CW/SSB/FM/Digital (not sure why a 40M rig would do FM). For SSB you would need 6 channels including a mic channel, but for CW only 4, 2 inputs and 2 outputs. The size is bout 7.5" x 6", so you could make a really neat little QRP portable rig out of this, or a dedicated 40M PSK31 rig. The only time I run QRP is when I HAVE to (like during the hurricane when the lights are out. I fired up my K-1 and worked all over EU during one hurricane in the dark) The RX specs are excellent. It works with a variety of SDR back end software. It's great to see the world wide interest, and there is considerable interest down under.
I''ve spent the weekend putting together the Softrock 9.0 lite. I'm almost done so its basically a weekend project for those interested. One of the caps in the filter was cracked so I need to replace that before I fire it up.
I saw a buddy of mine at Orlando and he was showing a lot of interest in SDR. I sent him a note that I was doing this blog. He sent me a note back he was waiting on a F3K. Way Cool
If you're interested in writing something interesting for this blog regarding your SDR experience let me know. I would like to include things like how your SDR contest station is set up, or your VHF station that uses SDR as the system center, feats of weak signal work or how well the SDR works in various challenging situations. If you are a foreign ham and would like to comment on the growth of SDR in your particular part of the world. Bring it on!
I reserve the right to publish or not, but I'm pretty open to documenting a wide variety of honest experiences from users, for readers to explore. The understanding of SDR in our hobby is so nascent, that I want the reader to be able to see the value of SDR through the eyes of YOUR experience and enthusiasm.