Airspy SDR

Airspy HF+ SDR Receiver Neu

The developer of the well known SDR Airspy-R2 has announced a new receiver, developed in cooperation with ITead Studio and a leading semiconductor manufacturer - the Airspy HF+.

Airspy HF+

The Airspy HF+ operates from 9 kHz to 31 MHz and from 60 to 260 MHz. The new design of the SDR receiver is based on a "Zero-IF" concept, whereby the received signal is mixed directly into the baseband range. This technology avoids many of the problems of classic receiver designs, but also presents developers with new challenges. The Airspy HF+ meets these challenges by using three analog tuners with fixed and tunable band filters. The mixers are designed as harmonic rejection mixers and thus ensure an extraordinarily good linearity and spectral purity of the down-mixed signal. This is important for a good sensitivity, because the cleaner the signal, the less likely it is that a weak signal will be lost in the noise. Two very capable AD-converters are used for digitizing the baseband signal. The subsequent decimation stages (DDC) work with different methods for reducing (decimating) the data rate. The result is a very effective anti-aliasing filter that provides approximately 108 dBc reduction. The resulting signal has a resolution of 18 bits, which is then scaled to 16 bits for transmission via the USB 2 interface.

Such a receiver design requires a very precise AGC to achieve the best possible sensitivity and high dynamic range. The software of the Airspy HF+ microcontroller controls the amplification in each stage of the tuner and the subsequent filters and amplifiers. The result is a dynamic range of theoretically 113 dB, practically 110 dB is achieved (on shortwave). This is an excellent result for such a compact receiver of this price range. The user benefits from the very good linearity and the high dynamic range as the received spectrum is much cleaner and free of artifacts. Manual gain control is not necessary, nor is the use of attenuators, preamplifiers, selective band filters etc.

In addition to the excellent RF characteristics, the developers have achieved an equally remarkable noise reduction at the AF level. Here, the disturbing noise in a desired signal is largely eliminated, without the signal suffering from intelligibility and without too many artifacts in the AF. The best way to hear the effect is to listen to the sample povided below.

Another highlight of the Airspy HF+ is the free software "SpyServer", which offers an easy to set up remote server. Here, a small computer (a cheap Raspberry PI or similar) can take over the function of the server to which the Airspy HF+ is connected. The receiver can then be accessed via the network in the usual way, even with several listeners at the same time. The difference to other web-based concepts is that the transferred data is actually an IQ signal, which can then be processed by the usual SDR software with all plug-ins. You are not hindered by the limitations of a web browser as SDR software.

Technical Data Airspy HF+
HF 0.009 – 31 MHz
VHF 60 – 260 MHz
MDS @500 Hz, 0–31 MHz -140 dBm
MDS @500 Hz, 60–108 MHz -141.5 dBm
MDS @500 Hz, 118–136 MHz -142.5 dBm
MDS @500 Hz, 136–174 MHz -140.5 dBm
MDS @500 Hz, > 175 MHz -140 dBm
IIP3 0–31 MHz +15 dBm
IIP3 60–260 MHz +13 dBm
BDR 0–31 MHz 110 dB
BDR 60–260 MHz 95 dB
Width of waterfall/spactrum 48, 96, 192, 384 & 768 kHz (max. 660 kHz alias-free)
Oscillator Accuracy 0.5 ppm
Antenna connectors 2x SMA (HF, VHF)
Impedance 50 Ω
Temperature range -45 – +85°C

15. December 2017: The manufacturer has informed us that the first shipment will not be sent before 20. Decemebr 2017. This makes a delivery before Christmas very unlikely, sorry. We will ship early next year in sequence of the receipt of orders.

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AIRSPY-HFPLU Airspy HF+ SDR 259.00 € Buy now New Not in stock, back in 30 days.
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The Airpy HF+ can be used with many different programs on different operating systems. SDR# is probably one of the most suitable, since it comes from the same developer.

  • SDR# (Windows)
  • SDR-Console (Windows)
  • GQRX (Linux, MacOS)
  • All programs which can use an ExtIO.dll library (HDSDR, Studio1, Elad FDM-SW2 and others)

Here is the source code for an ExtIO.dll library suitable for the Airspy HF+. The same web site also povides a compiled image, but which is probably not sufficiently tested. With wider proliferation of the Airspy HF+ SDR this DLL will become more stable, or other versions will become available.

Here is the source code for the libairspyhf at Github, an open source library for various platforms like Linux, MACOS etc.

Airspy HF+ — try it online, now

As mentioned a remote operated server with the Airspy-HF+ is very easy to set up. Of course there are several public servers online right now, so you can give it a try. It's free, you just need to install the SDR# software on your computer. Instead of selecting a locally connected device you enter the address of a remote server. It's easy, try it now.

Further information on Harmonic Rejection Mixers

To better understand how a 'Harmonic Rejection Mixer' works, please see the following technical documents (both in english):

Antennas für Airspy

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17038 SRH-789, SMA Antenna 90 – 1100MHz, Knuckle, SMA 29.50 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
60073 Log-Per 750 MHz - 11 GHz, 5-11 dB, SMA 45.00 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
17007.868SMA Short antenna 868/900/1800/1900MHz, 0 dBi, angled 90°, SMA 10.40 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
60024.RA Device antenna 900/1800 MHz, 2 dBi, angled 90°, SMA 12.70 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
60026 Device antenna 900/1800/2100 MHz, 2.5 dBi, Knuckle, SMA 14.70 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
17010.23SM-5 Device antenna 1200 – 1300 MHz, 2 dBi, Knuckle, SMA 22.20 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
17007.SMA Short antenna 2400 MHz, 0 dBi, angled 90°, SMA 10.40 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
17013 Device antenna 2400MHz 5 dBi, Knuckle, SMA 17.50 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
17010.11 Device antenna 2400MHz, angled 90°, SMA 9.90 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
18722.5 Device antenna 5100 – 5500 MHz, 5 dBi, Knuckle, SMA 15.90 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
18722.7 Device antenna 5100 – 5800 MHz, 7 dBi, Knuckle, SMA 18.20 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
18722.9 Device antenna 5100 – 5800 MHz, 9 dBi, Knuckle, SMA 20.50 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
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SRH-789 SMA Antenna 90 – 1100 MHz

Bild SRH-789 SRH-789

The SRH-789 is a wide band telescopic antenna for scanners and similar devices. The adjustable frequency range is from 90 to 1100 MHz, the resonant frequency is set by changing the length of the telescope. Retracted length 20cm, fully extended length 80.5cm. A helpful table for various lengths and frequencies is printed on the loermost element of the antenna. The connector is SMA male, with locking nut, which allows the antenna to be adjusted in any position on the SMA socket. A knuckle helps adjusting the antenna vertically or in any other direction.

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17038 SRH-789, SMA telescopic antenna 90-1100MHz 29.50 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
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LogPer Antenna 750 MHz to 11 GHz

LogPer 750 MHz - 11 GHz 60073 LogPer

Logarithmic-periodic antenna for the frequency range from 750 to 11000 MHz (11 GHz). Suitable for SDR with a large frequency span, for example the 'HackRF One'. Antenna for lab measurements, test equipment, wide range frequency monitoring etc. Comes with 50cm RG-316 cable with SMA connector. Other cable lengths and connector avaiable on request. Gain 5 to 11 dB, return loss -11 dB, size 190 x 157 mm, weight 70 g.

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60073 LogPer 750MHz - 11 GHz, SMA 45.00 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
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Bonito Loop ML-FX

The Bonito ML-FX is a wide band active antenna for reception of long, medium and short waves as well as the lower VHF band. The antenna is is characterized by a small apcking size, low noise and excellent signal levels.

The ML-FX consists of a flexible, braided steel wire loop with large wire gauge, length 5m. The loop is connected to the amplifier, both are installed by hanging the wire to the wall, into a window, in a tree or on another suitable supports. The amplifier is supplied over the coaxial cable (not included) from a supplied Bias-T. This Bias-T has connectors for an external supply voltage as well as a socket for a USB cable. The voltage can range from 5 to 15 V. The USB connector makes the antenna very well suitable for portable operations with a computer.

Despite the high amplification (adjustable in three steps), the ML-FX has a very low noise level, as comparisions to other active antennas have shown. The antenna can be used from long wave (9 Khz) up to the lower VHF range of 180 MHz. The amplifier has a very high 3. order intercept point of +40dBm. This results in a very high distortion free blocking dynamic range. The amplifier is protected by a twofold overvoltage protection. With this protection the antenna not only survives a thunderstorm but can also be used in vicinity to transmitting antennas, for example in the garden of a radio amateur or on a sailing yacht. Additionally a VHF broadcast band stop filter can be activated.

With the small packing size and the USB power supply the ML-FX is very well suited to accompany you in a vacation. For example the antenna can be easily installed with two suction cup holders in a window. The coaxial cables are not supplied because most customers require different lengths. WiMo does provide several ready made cables, and can also manufacture a cable tailored to your requirements.

Packing size 20 x 20 x 5cm, weight 480 g. Connector on amplifier: BNC, HF-Connectors on Bias-T: 2x BNC. Requires additional DC cable or USB cable for power suply. Supply voltage from 5 to 15V DC, max. 40mA.

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ML-FX Bonito ML-FX Megaloop 5m Steel Wire 399.00 € Buy now Not in stock, back on: 28. Feb. 2018
18067.MH mast mount 16.00 € Buy now In stock, shipped in 1 or two days.
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