100D is pretty cool, got mine today and got it setup. Lots of the complaints in the forums didn't seem to impact me. I had my slot on the rack ready for it, the Ethernet, antennas, prescribed audio cables and a set of iHome speakers.
Radio was decently packaged and arrived as promised when promised from Apache Labs.
The calibration showed at least 97 Watts on all bands into the dummy load.
Ethernet connection was smooth and seamless, I connected directly to the PC.
Lots of people seem to struggle with the Mic, however, I had dug into it ahead of time and had the needed adapters to run my existing mic in without having to open the radio to change any jumpers. I was able to connect up my Heil PTT hand switch as well.
The Amp was easy to hook up as well.
All said because VAC, VSP DDutil and all my software were setup for the Flex 5K the Anan plugged right in and was up and going in about 10 minutes after I connected the power.
It was a bit strange to get used to the differences in PowerSDR, however, after a bit of operating it feels pretty familiar.
I have to admit I was a little underwhelmed at first because it was all so easy and when I was playing around on 17, the band conditions were not so great which was confusing my views on the performance. At one point I was wondering if the radio was under performing so I flipped on the 5K and that's when it became obvious that the Anan was performing wonderfully.
I had to actually double check it because the first thing that grabbed me was the noise floor looked lower. So I tuned to the same signal I was listening to on the Anan and it was much fainter. Switching back and forth the signal was stronger and the noise floor was lower.
Since I don't have a way of knowing if the noise flloor is actually lower or the radios simply measure it differently I looked some more. To the best of my ability it looks like the signal sticks out 4-5 DB more from the floor on the Anan. This is completely unscientific so no need to challenge it because I am not going to debate my observation. It's merely one signal. The big aha was 17M was not all that hot earlier. In the evening it pickup nicely.
From the video link I posted earlier I was worried that the Anan audio quality was inferior to the Flex 5Ks, however, I found them to be indistinguishable in today's usage. Of course the AGC explanation helped clear that up as well.
I had a huge swath of spectrum available, from 17600 to 18800 I could zoom in and out of. Really nice!
Second Reciever worked well also, need to play with that more as I have an inverted V on it, not near the performance of the Hex but it raked in signals.
I need to work on my transmit audio. I switched off the rack and am using a focus rite scarlet device and I am not too impressed with it so far. Probably my fault. I'll switch back to the rack audio tomorrow and see what I get. I am getting some distortion and it has something to do with my mike cable. Wiggling it would briefly resolve the issues. I have torn up my shack and have been rebuilding so all this is going on at the same time.
All in all I am impressed so far! Lots of testing and playing to sort through before I have any solid opinions.
Digital modes worked fine, I had a PSK contact with Russia 10 watts barefoot. The Anan doesn't drive my Amp apples to apples compared to the flex yet, however, I was still pumping out 400 watts which is what I run with about 42 watts in. This likely has more to do with the mess my shack is in right now.
I made a small unimpressive video I will share later once I get it up on YouTube.http://youtu.be/6114iunuFDo
Well there you have it, an Anan 100/D first report!