Dimensions of new case

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zwoerdkop
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Dimensions of new case

Postby zwoerdkop » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:49 pm

Hi All,

Do you happen to know the size of the new plastic box the RSP comes in? Thank you for your help!


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Axel
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Re: Dimensions of new case

Postby sdrplay » Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:27 pm

Hi Axel,

The new casing is L=97mm, W=80mm, D=30mm

Best regards,

SDRplay
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Re: Dimensions of new case

Postby zwoerdkop » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:07 pm

Thanks for the info!

73's
Axel
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Re: Dimensions of new case

Postby kardano » Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:57 am

Why... Why.... Why SDRPlay isn't sold in a metal case....? :cry:
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Re: Dimensions of new case

Postby jon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:38 am

The problem is that the biggest source of interference is the USB cable and the USB comms...putting in a screened box can often cause the USB interference to get “trapped” inside and generate more problems than it actually isolates. Jon
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Re: Dimensions of new case

Postby JMG » Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:59 pm

That is absolutely correct.
I put the receiver to an EMC test range. At both the test frequencies of 1MHz and 150MHz a shielded case did not improve the interference susceptibility at all.
The antenna cable on the one side and the USB cable on the other side are part of a dipole. The induced voltage will spread over the receiver board and find its way to the input of the receiver. It is very difficult to control this effect.

John
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Re: Dimensions of new case

Postby kardano » Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:37 pm

thank you very much Jon for the answer, I was sure there was a valid reason !! best regards
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Re: Dimensions of new case

Postby IW2NYX » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:17 pm

I conducted some rough RF "leakage-in" test closing the SDRplay input with a 50ohm tap, in this condition on my bench i receive residual FM brodacast and 900Mhz GSM signals, the latter with quite strong amplitude.

Of course things change a lot moving the device.

Shielding externally the SDRplay plastic case with an aluminium foil and putting it in contact with both RF input and USB grond, FM and GSM signals fully disappear.

The reason why i tried this is becasue my FM trap attenuation in conjuction with SDRplay is much less than what it should be, so i suspected the presence of RF leakage through plastic case.

The quick & dirty test seems toconfirm that.

GSM RX with 50ohm TAP, plastic case
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GSM RX with 50ohm TAP, plastic case plus metal foil shielding
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Re: Dimensions of new case

Postby ecarvalho » Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:43 pm

I find this post very helpful, thank you. I will try IW2NYX's solution as quoted below:
Shielding externally the SDRplay plastic case with an aluminum foil and putting it in contact with both RF input and USB ground


Note: I don't yet have a 50ohms dummy load so I'll wait until it arrives in the mail to execute tests and post before and after results.
My issue is that my Home Owners Association does not allow for any kind of external antennas (sounds familiar?) so I believe I am picking up a lot of my own house interference's such as microwave, multiple computers, large TV sets, neighbor electronics and etc... .
Will report here as soon as I can.
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