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Author Topic: Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.  (Read 3751 times)

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Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.
« on: January 15, 2015, 08:03:53 PM »
Have a look. I've been watching this and have ALREADY pledged my TINY amount of money where my mouth is.  Watch the video and see whether this makes you wake at night to run to the mail box, hoping it's there!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1703258614/psdr-pocket-hf-sdr-transceiver-with-vna-and-gps



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Re: Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 08:54:16 PM »
Absofeakinlutely awesome!! Not cheap but appears to be worth every penny. I didn't see anything about voltage requirements or current draw so I sent the maker those questions, I'll report back what I find.
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Re: Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2015, 11:09:06 PM »
Darn, I pledged for the $250 kit. Now I need to save the money just in case!

Gil.

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Re: Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2015, 11:43:36 PM »
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The PSDR2 can modulate signals, but it can't filter or amplify them. In short, it can't transmit by itself.

Since this seems to be an exciter, what are you guys planning to use for an output stage?

Wally

Edit - board seems to be acting up... it only posted half of my post, cutting it off in the middle.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2015, 11:51:00 PM by Quietguy »

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Re: Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2015, 07:31:51 AM »
Quietman -

Great question. For me, it all depends upon their final/production version and its output from the final.  He was working on a 1-4 Watt output on the PSDR, but I am not counting on that.  If not, there are several '5 Watt Boot' amplifiers out there for QRP rigs in the milliWatt level and I have a tiny, efficient, German designed 10-15W amplifier that I can piggy-back very easily, to make a half sized KX3. 

As I see it, even if this crowd-funding should fail this time, it will likely attract attention of a company (like Elecraft?) who can push this rig into actual production and smooth out the design.


>RadioRay  ..._   ._

Ps. This would be handy when I move to Utah.  As I have become older, fortunately, the gear has become lighter!
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Re: Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2015, 11:32:04 AM »
Myself, it's really the antenna analyser I'm after. If it also works as a radio, so much the better!

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Re: Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2015, 03:20:26 PM »
Michael replied to my questions on power requirements:


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"It charges over USB (so 5v) but will draw about 1 Amp while charging, which is somewhat more than some chargers can supply. I've charged it with a bunch of AC-USB wall adapters with no problems.
]I like the idea of developing a folding case that acts as a solar panel, but that's a ways off. The internal LiPo charge controller is designed to make solar charging fairly painless."

That didn't really answer my question which was more to do with how long of a run time it had so I replied back with that question. More to follow.
« Last Edit: January 16, 2015, 03:22:16 PM by KK0G »
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Re: Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2015, 08:42:42 AM »
Run time is reported to be 10-12 hours.
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Re: Dream Rig for HF - Kickstart Funding Now.
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2015, 08:42:42 AM »