21 April 2016

ESDR - new portable SDR HF transceiver

ESDR is a portable SDR transceiver with HF coverage that is supposed to be released in August. The ESDR features a large color display, digimode decoder/keyer, 2x USB ports and micro-SD card. The required supply voltage is 12.6V and the maximum output power is 30W.




ESDR's large color LCD shows supply voltage, current draw, battery level and final stage temperature, are all very important parameters when working portable. Time and date are a nice addition too.



ESDR's size and ergonomics seem to be inspired by the Elecraft KX3. Not the ideal concept for a rugged field radio, but provides easy access to most controls and allows space for such a large screen.



Connector side: yes, two USB ports. A keyboard can be connected for standalone digital modes use, and the micro-SD card is used for storing the log.


The 32-bit processor behind all this is from the Microchip PIC32MZ family. Because this hasn't yet been officially announced features are probably still being developed - hopefully spectrum/waterfall display will be ready by August. Expected price around US$ 500 (!).


7 comments:

  1. What is a source of this news ?? Where to find more informations ?? Very interesting alternative for KX3.

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  2. Hello Tomasz, this is all the info that is available online at the moment. What I can add is that this is being developed in China by BG5ROJ.

    Cheers,
    Razvan YO9IRF/M0HZH

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  3. and I see NO tuner as the one on the KX3 will beat all hands down.
    I would give a beating on a dxpedition tho as that will see the uses of it
    Cheers Paul KB9AVO

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  4. Looks nice...and price....but without a fast Spectrum/Waterfall for me not very interesting...but i have now for several years already the Elecraft KX3 with Aut. tuner.... and VERY LOW Battery consumption...that will be very difficult with this up to 30 W ?? chinese clone i think... 73 PA0GDW

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  5. I don't think we should look at it as a successful and long-lasting product, but more as a step in the right direction. It certainly brings something new to the market.
    Cheers,
    Razvan YO9IRF/M0HZH.

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  6. Foarte fain, abia astept noutati despre el

    73 de yo2ldk!

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