Next Meeting: Friday, September 13 at 7:30
08/15/13

The RVHFG starts off out new season with a talk by W2XH, Ryan, on an SDR Transceiver he has been working on. The meeting location is at the Spencerport Wesleyan Church, 2653 Nichols St., Spencerport, NY 7:30 PM.

Ryan says" Software-defined radios are becoming increasingly common in many applications, such as public safety handheld radios, LTE base stations, and ham radio. With rare exceptions, these are "black boxes" to the consumer, hiding the full capabilities of the device in the interest of reliability and ease-of-use.

Fortunately, a variety of developer-friendly SDR platforms are emerging to fill the gap. One such board, the Nuand bladeRF, made its debut this summer. It has a Cyclone FX3 ARM-based embedded microcontroller, Altera Cyclone 4 FPGA, and a USB 3.0 interface to a host computer. On the RF side, it features a LimeMicro LMS6002D RF transceiver with a bandwidth of 28 MHz and a tuning range of 300 to 3800 MHz.

The bladeRF is probably not going to be your next contesting rig, but if you're interested in learning more about the future of software-defined radio -- or helping to shape that future -- it might just be the tool you need.