AFEDRI SDR-Net

Afedri SDR-Net Features

● 100 kHz to 30.00MHz continuous frequency range
● Direct sampling
● DDC - Digital Down-Conversion
● 12- bit 80 MSPS A/D conversion
● Up to 1.85MHz recording and processing bandwidth
● Waterfall display functions, when used with appropriate software
● Recording and playback, when used with appropriate software
● Sensitivity -  MDS -133 dBm at 500Hz bandwidth
● USB 2.0 (Full Speed) interface
● LAN interface for remote access
● Compatible with: Linrad, Winrad, HDSDR, Studio1, SDR#, SDR Console
SDR-radio, CuteSDR, Quisk
● Powered from USB or external power supply 7-10VDC for AFEDRI SDR-Net rev.3.0
● Dimensions 120mm deep x 78mm wide x 27mm high
● Low cost - $259

AFEDRi SDR-Net v.2.3a HamRadioScience review

AFEDRI SDR-Net rev.2.3a Youtube video, HamRadioScience review


Youtube video: AFEDRI SDR-Net + SDR Console (SDR-Radio.com) (thanks to Mauro).

Youtube video: AFEDRI SDR-Net + SDR Console + DRM (thanks to Mauro)

Youtube video: AFEDRI SDR-Net + CW Skimmer + IC-746pro integration for QRP QSO. (thanks to Vasiliy K3IT)

AFEDRI SDR-Net is a direct sampling Software Defined Receiver (see picture below)  it has ability to send it's received I/Q stream trough two different interfaces:

- Network (LAN)

 

- USB

The first versions of the AFEDRI SDR receivers supported only a USB interface

AFEDRI SDR-Net has the following specification:

Frequency Coverage:

0.1MHz-36MHz: 36MHz Low Pass Filter (LPF) assembled  - standard  configuration

0.1MHz-70MHz:  In aliased mode, the 30MHz LPF is not assembled and external Band Pass Filters (BPF) have to be used instead

In aliased mode the AFEDRI SDR-Net can be used to monitor the FM broadcast band - 88MHz-108MHz...

Noise Figure: ~14dB (for 1MHz-30Mhz range and maximum gain 35dB)*

*input VGA (Variable Gain Amplifier) has variable Gain from -10dB up to +35dB

MDS: -133 dBm at 500Hz bandwidth

Output data format: two 16-bit I/Q channels (audio stereo stream emulation)

Maximum Receiving Bandwidth:

BW = up to 1850kHz (for 2000k samples/s sample rate) -  using Network connection (for AFEDRI SDR-Net Rev. 3.0 and up)

BW = up to 1225kHz (for 1333k samples/s sample rate) -  using Network connection (for AFEDRI SDR-Net Rev. 2.0 up to 2.3)

BW = up to 460kHz (for 500k samples/s sample rate) -  using Network connection (for AFEDRI SDR-Net Rev. 0.0 and 1.0)

BW = up to 230kHz (for 250k samples/s sample rate) -  using USB connection

RF ADC sampling rate: 80.000MHz

 

Power Supply Voltage Requirements:

5V (supplied from the PC's USB bus or from external) or  from external power supply able to provide 5VDC +/-0.2V).

7.0-10V DC to the DC power connector.

Power Supply Current Requirements:

- 370mA from USB

- 400mA form external 7.5V power supply (revisions 3.0) 

AFEDRI SDR-Net rev2.1 in Box

AFEDRI SDR-Net (Rev. 2.0) - default configuration

 

The AFEDRI SDR-Net is designed to be connected to Personal Computer (PC) by two alternative interfaces:

1. Ethernet Network connection.

This can now provide up to 2000kHz sample rate for Rev.3.0

2. Full Speed USB

This interface is identical to the one in earlier AFEDRI SDR versions. It sends  to PC two quadrature channels I/Q with sample rate up to 250k samples per second 16-bit each channel

You can download following audio files recorded in Winrad:

- I/Q with 1333.333 ksamples/s sample rate - Network

 

- I/Q with 500 ksamples/s sample rate - Network

- I/Q with 444 ksamples/s sample rate - Network

- I/Q with 250 ksamples/s sample rate 14Mhz band - USB

- I/Q with 250 ksamples/s sample rate 7Mhz band - USB

 

From PC point of view, the SDR-Net can be used alternatively as:

1. Network device using two IP protocols: TCP and UDP.

- TCP protocol is used to control the SDR parameters.

- UDP protocol is used to send received I/Q stream from SDR to PC

2. Or exactly like the earlier AFEDRI SDR - USB Composite Device, that contains two USB functions:

All the USB functionality of the AFEDRI SDR-Net is identical to the earlier AFEDRI SDR, the only difference being in USB Audio Device realisation - it this case it uses a non standard  sample rates, for audio, that is result of an integer division of main clock frequency 80.0Mhz.

For more information about USB functionality of the device please read AFEDRI SDR description.

Listed below are the new feature that have been added with network interface.

When the AFEDRI SDR-Net is connected to a PC using network interface, it is compatible with the following PC SDR software:  Linrad, Winrad, HDSDR, Studio1, SDR Console (SDR Radio), CuteSDR, SDR#, Quisk, ghpsdr3/QtRadio

In addition to this there is software plugin - SDR Network Control Box plugin , that can be used with Winrad, HDSDR, SDR# or Studio1, this allows control of the AFEDRI SDR parameters (frequency, RF gain/attenuation etc...) and reception of the UDP I/Q data stream.

The SDR Network Control Box software can be used as stand alone application  and/or as plug-in for Winrad/HDSDR software (under Windows). This enables the SDR's frequency to be displayed and changed directly from Winrad GUI (please check my Download page).

When working together with Linrad or SDR-Radio software - no additional software or plug-ins are required - you need only to configure this software as you would for using with it with an SDR-IP receiver.

AFEDRI SDR-Net can be used together with MAP65-IQ software when working with Linrad or SDR-Radio software.


SDR Ntetwork Control Box screen-shot.

The SDR Control software was written using Qt Cross-platform application framework from Nokia, so both Windows and Linux software versions can be compiled and have similar Graphical User Interface (GUI) under both operating systems .