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October 2015 Product Review


SDR Play






The SDRplay RSP is a powerful wideband full-featured Software Defined Receiver which covers all frequencies from 100kHz up to 2 GHz. All it needs is a PC (Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, Raspberry Pi 2 & Android) along with an appropriate antenna to provide excellent communications receiver functionality. Combined that with the power of readily available SDR receiver software and you are on your way to enjoy all modes of operation while monitoring up to 8MHz of spectrum at a time.
What's really exciting is that SDRplay offers an open API, allowing developers to create new demodulators or applications around the platform.
Amateur Radio Operators will enjoy all modes of operation for the Ham Bands ranging from experimental LF, through all the HF bands, VHF, UHF and up to the 23cm band.
With the SRDplay RSP general coverage receiver, you can enjoy exploring the rest of the RF spectrum as well!
Key Features:


  • Robust and strong plastic case
  • Continuous coverage from 100kHz to 2 GHz
  • 12-bit ADC silicon technology (not another 8-bit dongle!)
  • Built-in High-Performance front-end filters
  • Up to 8 MHz bandwidth
  • Good sensitivity and selectivity
  • Low noise floor
  • Simple USB interface (type B socket)
  • SMA antenna socket
  • Powers over the USB cable




Key Benefits:



  • Ideal for portable operation
  • No need for an up-converter
  • Covers all amateur bands from experimental LF through HF, VHF and UHF
  • Simultaneous entire amateur band monitoring possible
  • Works with all the popular SDR software (HDSDR, SDR# and SDR-Console)
  • Compatible with existing open source radio software
  • ExtIO based plugin available
  • Compatible with Mirics Radio & TV software
  • Software upgradeable for future standards
  • Strong and growing software support network
  • API provided to allow demodulator or application development
  • Multiplatform support including Windows, Linux, Mac and Android




Specifications:


  • Frequency range: 100kHz - 2 GHz  (Includes the cellular band too) Like there is anything or anyway to actually listen to it anyways!
  • Bandwidth: 8MHz
  • Connectivity:




    • USB 2.0 (high speed) type B socket for signalling and power
    • SMA RF (female socket)




  • Intermediate Frequency Modes:




    • Zero IF, all IF bandwidths
    • Low IF, IF bandwidths <1.536MHz




  • IF Bandwidth supported:




    • 200 kHz
    • 300 kHz
    • 600 kHz
    • 1.536 MHz
    • 5 MHz
    • 6 MHz
    • 7 MHz
    • 8 MHz




  • Front-end Filtering:


   Automatically configured:


    • 12 MHz Low Pass Filter
    • 12 – 30 MHz Band Pass Filter
    • 30 – 60 MHz Band Pass Filter
    •  60 – 120MHz Band Pass Filter
    •  120 – 250 MHz Band Pass Filter
    •  250 – 420 MHz Band Pass Filter
    •  420 – 1000 MHz Band Pass Filter
    • 1000 MHz High Pass Filter




  • ADC characteristics:




    • 12-bit native ADC
    •  Sample Frequency 2MSPS – 10.66MSPS
    •  10.4 ENOB
    •  60dB SNR
    •  67dB SFDR




  • Weight: 110g
  • Size: 95x80x30mm


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Documentation

RSP Single page Data Sheet                            Download >          





Detailed Technical Specifications               Download>            





RSP Conceptual Block Diagram                  Download>            




RSP Schematics                                  Download>          



Review / Observations

Initially, I am very impressed with the SDR Play !

For LF /HF reception I used the Alpha Delta DX-EE Antenna       



For VHF/UHF reception I used the A² Engineering Discone  Antenna   


And the  cable of choice Times Microwave LMR-400



29 SEP 15
Using HDSDR software was my first choice mostly because of ignorance.
That being said, I have installed SDR Sharp and I will be experimenting with that. From what I can tell this platform seems to be more versatile because it has plug-ins available like PL/DPL Decoder along with with other options.