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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Peaberry SDR Help

Reviews Summary for Peaberry SDR
Peaberry SDR Reviews: 11 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $139
Description: An HF transceiver kit designed by the Free and Open Source amateur radio community. You choose to build it for the 160m, 80m/40m, 40m/30m/20m or 30m/20m/17m bands.

No sound card needed.
48kHz 24-bit digital I/Q interface.
48kHz 24-bit stereo speaker
48kHz 12-bit microphone.
1 watt transmitter.
Softrock control interface.
Open Source firmware.
SWD/JTAG port.

This is a kit that contains mostly surface mount components. The parts selection and board layout is optimized for hand assembly with an ordinary soldering iron having a 1/32" tip.
Product is in production.
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KZ1X Rating: 4/5 Sep 24, 2012 20:31 Send this review to a friend
neat-o  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Terrific little kit, and neat-o because you can get rid of the usual rat's nest of wires you find with other rigs of this sort. This rig can use a regular sound card input, but, you can use a simple USB cable instead because the sound card is built in!!

Also, it's almost all SMD, so there a LOT of radio in a small space.

And, did I mention, the price is right?

I built mine and it fired right up the first time, no problems. The assembly instructions allow the rig to be built and tested in stages, smart idea.

My only suggestions for improvement are (1) that the kit could have included two colors of 30AWG magnet wire, to make the coil winding easier and (2) some specs, such as current drain and input voltage range, could have been given ... (3) a bit more work on component idealization would have allowed less power drain on RX (but maybe made it cost a bit more), and (4) it needs a "power on" LED or two.
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