Software Defined Radios

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What is Software Defined Radio (or SDR)? Wikipedia gives a definition...

In short: an SDR is a radio with no IF, Modulator, or Demodulator stages as we generally understand those terms: a receiving RF preamp feeds directly into a (very fast) A-to-D converter, which is connected to a computer DSP/CPU to tune a signal and extract the modulated audio or data; on the transmit side, the CPU and DSP generate the modulation directly, and feed it to an RF power amp.

In the HF and ham world, it has appeared in 2 distinct phases; in use in high end amateur transceivers and receivers, and utilizing a PC as a controller, letting external software define how the SDR is addressed and utilized.

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Here are some introductory articles on SDRs from These originally appeared in the Spectrum Monitor magazine;

And here's a course you can take on SDRs

Please see the following pages for further information;

You can find additional reviews and resources here;

SDRs that you can tune online can be found on our Live Tunable Receivers article