There’s been a big rise in the number of SDR radios that are designed to work both with a computer and as a separate standalone radio recently. The need to have all that raw SDR data processed into something we can use has limited the portability of the powerful features that SDR brings to hobby and professional radio use.
After hearing good things about ELAD’s range of SDR gear from friends, it sent me searching for some of their equipment and I found the smart looking ELAD FDM-DUO SDR transceiver pictured below.
FDM-DUO Standalone Quick Specs
Frequency range : 10KHz to 54MHz
Min 5W power output (160m to 6m)
Modes : CW, LSB, USB and AM
199 Alphanumeric Memories
Weight : 1.2Kg
Unlike the many low power SDR transceiver modules that give an output in the region of a few hundred milliwatts, the DUO will supply a minimum of 5 Watts across its full coverage. Enough to use “as is” or easily drive a much bigger wide band amplifier, although this does reflect in the price of the unit (more on that in a bit).
The 199 memories slots supplied when the unit is working away from a computer will do most users, but maybe not if your using the DUO as a working rig and HF receiver.
The lack of FM RX when running standalone is no surprise as this omission is common on HF receivers and although this mode is of limited use between 0 to 30 MHz, it would be a nice finishing touch to a great piece of SDR kit.
And The Cost?
As I’m writing this blog post the ELAD DUO transceiver is up on their eCommerce site for a healthy price tag of 1.159 Euros!! (a quick check at today’s exchange rate show that to be 1282.40 USD)
This may seem high but take into account your getting a functional HF + 6 meter transceiver with all the SDR tweaks and it starts to come into perspective.
ELAD look to be in the SDR game for the long haul, meaning the cost of this model could come down in price as they release newer radios onto the market, but don’t hold me to that 🙂
You can check out the full technical specs and see more photos of this SDR TX along with some of their other SDR products, over at the ELAD website here