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Well that was quick …

The first 100 DV3000s are sold at the intro sale price and have been shipped to 10 different countries. We have started a new build cycle and are accepting back-orders. We intend to maintain units in stock after that.

Thanks for getting this off to a great start!

DV3000 AMBE Card Available Now

The UDR supports an optional AMBE Vocoder card for D-STAR Digital Voice or DV. During the last prototype layout of the UDR, it occurred to me that there are over 2 million Raspberry Pis, so if we used the same connector as the Pi, it would have the following advantages.

  • Pi users would have access to AMBE
  • Software development would be in parallel with UDR development
  • Other cards made for the Pi could potentially be used on the UDR

Jonathan Naylor, G4KLX, has adapted his Dummy Repeater to work with the DV3000 on the Pi. This let’s hams talk over the D-STAR network using their computer instead of a radio. He also built several wav / AMBE conversion utilities for testing and comparison of different vocoders. Jonathan joined us at Hamvention for the release of the DV3000, where we sold over 30 units.

The AMBE3000 Chip supports vocoding for:

  • D-STAR – Supported NOW by G4KLX
  • DMR and dPMR
  • Yaesu Fusion
  • P25 Phase 2

Check out the DV3000DS or go to the PRODUCTS page to buy online.

There is a Hamvention special for $89.00, which will be honored for 1 month or until the first run of 100 is gone.

Receiver Sensitivity

Just out of the RF Lab, the receive chain with 25kHz IF is fully functional and initial testing shows a MDS (Minimum Detectable Signal) of better than -130dBm (0.07 uV). That’s before any process gain in the modem section. We will release complete Eb/No curves for the receiver prior to shipment.

Here’s a sample of the receiver performance at 440MHz. Dennis hooked a key up to his Agilent Sig-Gen. Note if you were actually working CW you’d add in a SW narrowband audio filter after the 25KHz IF stage.

-100dBm -110dBm -120dBm -130dBm

 

This completes initial testing of the LNA thru the IQ XCVR and into the processor. The 100kHz IF stage needs some changes in the SAW filter circuit, so we can’t check that off just yet.

Onward!

UDRX is on the air

We have the Transmit side of the RF deck checked out and operational. This includes the 9600 FSK Modem and 25kHz IF stages.

Dennis is working on the 100kHz IF while I’m checking out the TX/RX switch.

Keep the faith,
Bryan K7UDR

DDS Success

We redesigned the DDS (Direct Digital Synthesizer) for prototype II because it wasn’t meeting design goals for phase noise after being up-converted to our 740MHz LO.

LO = (Fout-IF)*2

Noise present in the LO appears in the final output and limits the amount of amplification available. This is why many HTs and other integrated radio products cannot be attached to power amps and stay legally in the channel.

The new design is working now and tests show adequate margin to take this design to production. This is a significant milestone behind us and puts us one large step forward to production.

Bryan K7UDR

To learn more about PhaseNoise

Q1 Progress Report

Prototype 2 has come back from assembly and passed initial bring-up. It is now in RF characterization. I expect this prototype to be fully functional but require some changes for full power operation.

We will have a full report at the MicroHAMS Digital Conference.

Thanks for your patience,
Bryan, K7UDR

Band Limited SDR …

… and a lot of other stuff

From my 2013 DCC Presentation.

Thanks to Gary Pearce of  HAMRADIONOW.tv for his videography.

Rag Chew in Portland OR

I’ll be speaking with the hams of TERAC on Thursday evening for anyone in the Portland OR area that is interested in the latest developments on the UDRX.

Pre-Meeting Dinner at 6pm
Meeting starts at 7:30

Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub
12562 SW Main St
Tigard OR 97223

UDR Available for Pre-Order Confirmation

Season’s Greetings to all of you!

Dennis has the TX and RX Paths operational and sensitivity looks good. The power path has also passed preliminary bring-up. I am finalizing the layout over the Holidays and will be in Fab in a week or so.

For those of you who pre-ordered, You may increase or decrease your quantity up to a maximum of 5 units. Your call-sign is your discount code.

Please confirm by December 31st 2013.

Confirm

Delivery will be in Q2 and you will not be charged until we have final specifications and a confirmed manufacturing slot.

We will  accept new orders at that time as well as accessories.

Thanks for making the UDR a reality!
Bryan, Basil, John and Dennis

UDR Progress Report

Hello All,

Basil delivered  the IQ ADC/DAC driver earlier this month and Dennis has an initial port of the modem completed, so we are moving into RF characterization. Once the transmit chain has been checked out, I will be working on the PA, RX/TX switch and thermal characterization while Dennis proceeds with the receive chain.

I have started layout on prototype II. I anticipate a third spin on the prototype before moving to pilot production in China.

We will not accept orders until I have fully functional prototypes in hand and then there is a 8-12 week production cycle.

Best case is orders this year for delivery in late Q1.

The initial deliverable includes:

  • 9600 MSK and 4800 GMSK Modems
  • Support for AX.25 and D-STAR DV
  • Winlink Client/Server
  • APRS Tracker/IGate
  • D-STAR IrcDDB Gateway
  • Hi-Speed Test Mode*

D-STAR Voice using the AMBE add-on card will be released after initial shipments are complete.

*We are not implementing legacy 56k support as there is little installed equipment and our engineering efforts are better spent on faster modes with FEC. The Hi-Speed Test will allow us to prove out our hardware and start gathering channel characterization data.

Full support for Hi-Speed TCP/IP and D-STAR DD will be a free Software Update in Q3 2014.

Thanks to all of you for your patience and support,
Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR