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TAPR Accepting Orders for Hermes SDR Transceiver:

from The ARRL Letter on July 19, 2012
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TAPR Accepting Orders for Hermes SDR Transceiver:

Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR is now accepting orders for the Hermes software-defined transceiver. Hermes is part of the non-profit openHPSDR project. Spanning 50 kHz-55 MHz, the Hermes transceiver includes a direct down-conversion receiver, a direct up-conversion 500-mW transmitter and a gigabit Ethernet interface -- all on one board. Also on board is an RF-quiet switch-mode power supply, allowing Hermes to run from a single 13.8 V dc source. The transceiver is completely assembled and tested. The price of the Hermes transceiver is $895 for TAPR members; the price for non-members is $940. The order page will close Wednesday July 25. TAPR states that there will be only one production run of Hermes boards and that they will build only the number necessary to fulfill orders received on or before the July 25 cutoff. Estimated delivery is October 15.


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TAPR Accepting Orders for Hermes SDR Transceiver:  
by KE5JPP on July 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Stay far away from the TAPR manufactured boards! See
<,84270.0.html> for why.

TAPR Accepting Orders for Hermes SDR Transceiver:  
by W1ITT on July 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
No good deed will ever go unpunished. TAPR is a volunteer organization that is a conglomeration of some very talented people, many of whom do software and SDR development for commercial and government projects. They give cutting edge software stuff, for free, to the amateur community. The TAPR boards are sold for little more than cost, and they are all fully function tested before they get shipped. I, and a few of my friends have never had a quality problem with any of their previous offerings. Some have suggested that the software will dry up when the developers lose interest. I have spoken with a couple of them and know that it is an obsession that will not easily be cured.
Anyone who thinks that TAPR isn't doing enough for SDR r&d is welcome to do the homework, write the software, design and build the hardware,and hit the market with a wonderful new product. Competition provides the impetus for great progress. Or, if you think you can do a better job of building the hardware, why don't you simply (!) build a few samples to demonstrate your capabilities, and then make a proposal to the TAPR board of directors to show them how to save oodles of money. Show us how it's done!
I've ordered my Hermes from TAPR, and am looking forward to its arrival. My thanks to all the TAPR members who burn midnight oil so the rest of us can have really nice toys.
73 de Norm
RE: TAPR Accepting Orders for Hermes SDR Transceiver:  
by KE5JPP on July 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Give us all a break and stop with the "if it wasn't for TAPR..." crap. TAPR was quickly becoming an tired, irrelevant, and ineffective organization before latching on to the HPSDR project. If anyone did anyone a favor, it was the HPSDR project giving TAPR relevance once again.
RE: TAPR Accepting Orders for Hermes SDR Transceiver:  
by W1ITT on July 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Gene, old boy....
You have the "if it wasn't for TAPR" in quotes. Were you attempting to quote me? Mine was the only posted response, so I would guess so. Well, read again, amigo, and see if you can find where I wrote anything like that. Your rants on this and other forums are becoming increasingly tiresome, and would seem to display the work of an angry, spiteful, and possibly marginally literate person.
Before you go on with any more of your hate diatribes against the various people who have contributed much to the progress of SDR, and the HPSDR project in particular, why not just entertain us with a brief resume of your accomplishments in that field, and in amateur radio, particularly the technical side thereof.
Perhaps a bit of anger management work would be in order before you just snap and commit a mass casualties crime.
It's always sad when little people of few accomplishments try to make themselves feel better by belittling the work of those with greater minds and talent. I'm excited about the HPSDR, and the forthcoming Hermes, because it represents an opportunity for me to play with some fairly cutting edge toys for relatively small dollars. (I was never much much interested in TAPR when they were doing packet stuff.) But yes, if it were not for TAPR, who else would have brought together such a talented group of minds and talked them into working so hard for no personal gain other than the thanks of those of us who enjoy experimenting with their toys. So, Gene, what have you done for our technical world, other than complain?
Again, thanks from me to all the smart guys who are putting Hermes on the near horizon.
73 de Norm
RE: TAPR Accepting Orders for Hermes SDR Transceiver:  
by KE5JPP on July 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!

You are the person who is obviously illiterate. You have it backwards. TAPR did not bring together the HPSDR volunteers. See <>

HPSDR existed before TAPR got involved in it. HPSDR came first then TAPR got involved and its involvement in HPSDR saved TAPR. As for my resume, I have forgotten more about DSP, hardware design, micro-controllers, and SDR than you will ever hope to learn. Just test me if you can put together a valid and coherent question regarding either subject.

RE: TAPR Accepting Orders for Hermes SDR Transceiver:  
by W1ITT on July 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Please supply a few links to your published works and accomplishments.
73 de Norm
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