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New Book for Hams About Software Defined Radio:

Andrew Barron (ZL3DW) on July 26, 2014
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Hi folks, I have finally finished my book for amateur radio operators and short wave listeners who want to know more about SDR. It is called "An Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio".

You can read a summary and order a copy at Amazon (UK, EU or COM) or at

Software defined radio is an exciting development for amateur radio and listening on the short wave bands. It combines the power of modern computers with advances in radio technology. But you don't have to be a 'Boffin' to use and understand it. These new radios offer many new operating features and high levels of performance which will enhance your enjoyment of our radio hobby. This book explains how SDR works and how well it performs. It is not a programming or software guide. There is a minimal amount of mathematics and hardly any software code.

The book is for amateur radio operators and anyone who wants a technical introduction to software defined radio receivers and transceivers, for the high frequency and short wave bands. Most of the concepts are illustrated with helpful diagrams and pictures. It covers; the different types of SDR, how they work, tests used to measure their performance, the components of a typical direct conversion SDR, code in the FPGA, and the elements making up SDR software for the PC.

76 pages, full colour, large 11"x 8 1/2" format (for the diagrams), many diagrams and tables, hardly any maths or software code.

Chapter 1: Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio
Chapter 2: The QSD method
Chapter 3: The DDC method
Chapter 4: SDR performance measurement
Chapter 5: The SDR transceiver, what's in the box (including the FPGA)
Chapter 6: Myths about the dynamic range of SDR receivers
Chapter 7: SDR software on the PC
Frame structures, Ethernet and USB frames
Key software modules, Kiss Konsole block diagram
The wideband spectrum display
The transmit process
The receive process
Command and Control
Glossary of abbreviations and acronyms
By Andrew Barron, ZL3DW

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New Book for Hams About Software Defined Radio:  
by KK5DR on August 6, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
SDR is here, and will quickly eclipse old outdated analog technology, that has reach the point of diminishing returns now.
Get use to it guys, it isn't going away.
Catch the wave, or be left behind.
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