Many thanks to the RSGB who have given us permission to share Mike Richards’ review of the RSP1A which was published in last month’s RadCom – Click here to read the article
Akos, author of the popular “RadioForEveryone” blog site, has published what he calls an “Unadulterated and highly personal review” of the SDRplay RSP2 after quite a personally turbulent year for him. This is written in a very different style from the normal reviews you see published but what shines through so strongly is the absolute joy he has experienced with this SDR during the past year since it was introduced. This makes a great read for those who like to decide on what to purchase using their heart as well as their head! Go to http://www.radioforeveryone.com/2017/12/ode-to-sdrplay-rsp2.html
Akos enthuses about the multiple antenna ports of the RSP2
“The RSP-1A is now a very attractive proposition for those wanting a wideband, budget, SDR. The RSP-1A is significantly better than any of the RTL based alternatives. The combination of the new filter banks and the 10-step RF gain control make it easy to tame the incoming signal for best overall performance. Also, don’t forget the bonus of RF level measurement. “
Mike Richards checks out the amazing accuracy of the RF power measurement facility which means (like its big brothers the RSP2 and RSP2pro) you can justify one for work and one for play!
This comprehensive review from popular YouTube Vlogger “SevenFortyOne” gives a close up and detailed review of the SDRplay RSP1A
In addition, it includes an excellent introduction to SDRuno starting at around 9 minutes 30 seconds in . Then from 19 minutes 45 seconds onwards, the video demonstrates many of the controls in action on real HF signals. Then from 36 minutes 20 seconds onwards you get to see the RSP receiving signals at different points across the spectrum.
0 minutes 0 seconds: Introducing the RSP1A
9 minutes 30 seconds: Introducing SDRuno
19 minutes 45 seconds: SDRuno controls in action on HF signals (75/80m amateur bands)
36 minutes 20 seconds: picking up real signals from across the spectrum
Many thanks to SevenFortyOne for this excellent video.
See also the video from Bob Nagy – the two of these independent reviews together give real insight into what you can expect to be able to achieve with an RSP and SDRuno. The link is here: https://www.sdrplay.com/ab5n-reviews-the-rsp1a-with-sdruno-and-gives-it-two-thumbs-up/
Bob Nagy just released this review of the RSP1A – it includes a very informative tutorial on SDRs and a whistle stop tour of SDRuno. What’s nice is the way he managed to include demos of the RSP1A in operation picking up real signals across the spectrum from VLF beacons up to 1.9GHz cellphones. In summary, after pointing out all the advantages an RSP has for the lab environment, Bob says “As a tool for learning the dynamics of SDR – Wow!” and gives it two thumbs up 🙂
Many thanks to the SWLing.com post for this great review of the RSP1A. The author, Thomas summarises with these words:
“Think of it this way: The RSP1A is the sporty-but-affordable compact car of the SDR world. It delivers performance well above its comparatively modest price and is fun to operate. In terms of DX, it gets you from point A to point B very comfortably––and quite affordably!
With just $99, there’s no reason you can’t join the world of SDR––the RSP1A is a very accessible, very intuitive SDR start your exploration of the radio spectrum.”
Ham Radio Science published their review of the new RSP1A – click on the picture below to get the link their review which includes a YouTube Video Demo and Review
The author writes: “SDRPlay does a great job of listening to it’s user community and it shows in their products. The RSP1A is a great example of that. The more powerful ADC, Broadcast Band Filtering, TXCO, and Bias-T support has the RSP1A knocking on the door of far more expensive SDR receivers. If you are looking for a very inexpensive general coverage SDR receiver with excellent performance, look no further than the SDRPlay RSP1A!”
Paul, NN4F posted this review of how he finds the RSP1A:
Paul writes: “Overall, I’m very pleased with the RSP1A, I know there will be more in depth technical reviews, but as a regular ham radio user, would I buy the RSP1A, at $99 – Yes with no hesitation; I’ve been running the RSP1A and RSP2Pro in tandem here at the NN4F station, and find that they compliment each other very well”