Godlike Productions - Discussion Forum
Users Online Now: 2,284 (Who's On?)Visitors Today: 507,501
Pageviews Today: 1,213,803Threads Today: 503Posts Today: 12,453
07:24 PM


Rate this Thread

Absolute BS Crap Reasonable Nice Amazing
 

SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone

 
kundalinichi
Offer Upgrade

User ID: 55137666
United States
04/26/2014 06:23 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
So I recently have read a lot on the Baofeng handheld radios, and have seen my dads old collection of HAM stuff when moving before. It seems like a lot of gear just to get in communication with someone - what do you all think, or know about SDR that you could open up the world to a beginner? I am eyeing the HackRF one project, and might pre-order it once I learn a bit more.

Basically the HackRF is a USB powered PCB that can transmit or recieve at half duplex (I do know some IT\technical wireless information), at basically any frequency. Sure, maybe if SHTF and you are out away from civillization, you can bring a battery pack or what have you.. but you can accomplish this:

[link to www.youtube.com (secure)]

That is full fledged linux running what I am guessing is GNUradio, with the HackRF attached via a microusb to usb adapater. Neat stuff!
Shoot-Straight Johnny

User ID: 56801260
United Kingdom
04/26/2014 06:26 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
Does it have a 'Roger Beep'?

No use without a Roger Beep.
The chariots of God are tens of thousands, and thousands of thousands.
kundalinichi  (OP)

User ID: 55137666
United States
04/26/2014 06:28 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
Does it have a 'Roger Beep'?

No use without a Roger Beep.
 Quoting: Shoot-Straight Johnny


Considering its software controlled I don't see why you can't somehow hack it to send a waveform you created everytime you release whatever key it is to transmit (is it that simple on GNUradio?) Haha :)

banana2
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 54866594
United States
04/26/2014 06:44 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
and have seen my dads old collection of HAM stuff when moving before. It seems like a lot of gear just to get in communication with someone -
 Quoting: kundalinichi


It's not really " a lot of gear". My Kenwood Ham radio is actually quite small(TS 480 SAT). It's designed to be mobile, for your car, yet has everything that a much bigger /older set has, 50/100 watt, etc. Takes up no more space than a CB radio. I use it in home, not for my car.

Just add an antenna and the power source.

I prefer old school to the computerized stuff.
kundalinichi  (OP)

User ID: 55137666
United States
04/26/2014 06:53 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
and have seen my dads old collection of HAM stuff when moving before. It seems like a lot of gear just to get in communication with someone -
 Quoting: kundalinichi


It's not really " a lot of gear". My Kenwood Ham radio is actually quite small(TS 480 SAT). It's designed to be mobile, for your car, yet has everything that a much bigger /older set has, 50/100 watt, etc. Takes up no more space than a CB radio. I use it in home, not for my car.

Just add an antenna and the power source.

I prefer old school to the computerized stuff.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 54866594


Well, therein lies the other big gap I seem to see -

List Price: $1510.65
Your Price: $1224.95
Less $250 Instant
Coupon: $974.95

If I order a HackRF, I have two devices I can turn into full stations, and reach out pretty far (right?) depending on antenna and conditions.

1. I have a chromebox on the way, even stock it still can connect keyboard+mouse+hackRF and have 1 more usb3.0 spot open

2. My nexus 7 tablet, I haven't installed linux yet, but from what I read it is easy enough

Chromebox costs 179$, obviously a monitor + keyboard\mouse adds more, but ~600 for chromebox and the hackRF with antenna is already half as cheap as the 480 SAT.

Nexus 7 wifi 16\32gb tablet + otg cable to connect included hackRF is ~$660 - the price differences are huge.

and obviously, what I am typing now from, my home computer could be used also

This + your hackRF maybe velroed to, or just sitting beside the chromebox.

[link to liliputing.com]

voila

Last Edited by kundalinichi on 04/26/2014 06:57 AM
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 57355237
United States
04/26/2014 06:57 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
if it doesn't have tubes that glow in the dark, it ain't real ham radio. sk
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 54866594
United States
04/26/2014 06:59 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
and have seen my dads old collection of HAM stuff when moving before. It seems like a lot of gear just to get in communication with someone -
 Quoting: kundalinichi


It's not really " a lot of gear". My Kenwood Ham radio is actually quite small(TS 480 SAT). It's designed to be mobile, for your car, yet has everything that a much bigger /older set has, 50/100 watt, etc. Takes up no more space than a CB radio. I use it in home, not for my car.

Just add an antenna and the power source.

I prefer old school to the computerized stuff.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 54866594


Well, therein lies the other big gap I seem to see -

List Price: $1510.65
Your Price: $1224.95
Less $250 Instant
Coupon: $974.95

If I order a HackRF, I have two devices I can turn into full stations, and reach out pretty far (right?) depending on antenna and conditions.

1. I have a chromebox on the way, even stock it still can connect keyboard+mouse+hackRF and have 1 more usb3.0 spot open

2. My nexus 7 tablet, I haven't installed linux yet, but from what I read it is easy enough

and obviously, what I am typing now from, my home computer.

This + your hackRF maybe velroed to, or just sitting beside the chromebox.

[link to liliputing.com]

voila
 Quoting: kundalinichi



Well, it's a personal preference thing, I guess. I just like seeing what kind of contacts I can get, doing it the old fashioned way.
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 42242482
United States
04/26/2014 07:30 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
Does it have a 'Roger Beep'?

No use without a Roger Beep.
 Quoting: Shoot-Straight Johnny


A BIG 10-4 ON THAT!! lol
kundalinichi  (OP)

User ID: 55137666
United States
04/26/2014 08:09 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
bump
kundalinichi  (OP)

User ID: 55137666
United States
04/26/2014 09:01 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
poorjohnny
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 54875328
United States
04/26/2014 09:33 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
Does it have a 'Roger Beep'?

No use without a Roger Beep.
 Quoting: Shoot-Straight Johnny


A BIG 10-4 ON THAT!! lol
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 42242482


waitwhat
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 57338731
United States
04/26/2014 10:56 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
I use a kx3 from elecraft. It is a hybrid and includes digital data modes and cw (morse) decoding built in. Check it out is awesome.
Anonymous Coward (OP)
User ID: 55137666
United States
04/26/2014 11:29 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
bump
Anonymous Coward (OP)
User ID: 55137666
United States
04/27/2014 12:04 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
bump
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 55137666


bump
kundalinichi  (OP)

User ID: 55137666
United States
05/02/2014 08:40 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
bump
kundalinichi  (OP)

User ID: 52628191
United States
05/26/2014 04:45 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: SoftwareDefinedRadio vs Old school handhelds? Anyone
So, update.. I got to playing with my dads Yaesu FT-767GX, and his scanner, and might be playing with his FT-736 sat radio tonight.. I haven't bought a SDR package yet, but this is awesome :)





GLP