Afedri SDR received – first impressions
Received the Afedri SDR last saturday, and have been listening around with the it during three days now, and I must say that I’m impressed by it’s performance versus it’s price. There was a few “hickups” during the setup-process, but thanks to help and assistance from Alex and a number of members in the Afedri yahoo-group, everything went well. I’ve noticed that the stock AC/DC adapter to my laptop (Asus X35E) generates about 5-6 dB of noise, so I have been running the PC on it’s internal battery. However, powering the Afedri from the PC’s USB outlet “eats” battery, and running the PC in “powersave modus” isn’t an option, because it seems that the Afedris VGA doesn’t work properly (I will investigate this closer later on). I have modified an USB cable to allow me to power the Afedri from a regulated (non-switch mode) power supply adjusted to +5V. This works really good, and allows me to run the computer on it’s own battery in powersave modus, without less performance from the Afedri.
In any case, I think that the Afedri SDR represents an exceptional value, considering it’s price. I think it’s very similar to the SDR-IQ (I haven’t yet tried any other SDR’s). The IF-recording capabilities is really impressive, and extremely useful during MW-DXing sessions. I beleive that the Afedri will become a very useful tool during my Aihkiniemi DXpedition later this season.