Softrock SDR RX/TX Ensemble Kit

So a couple of days ago I received two packages containing all the kit components for a Softrock SDR RX/TX kit which is a software defined radio system capable of an output of 1W.

I am excited for this project as it will give me a chance to really hone my skills in SMT soldering (there are a good number of parts which are all surface mount). I am also interested to try this breed of software defined radio which uses the computer to perform the tuning and detection. This would theoretically allow an exceptionally high filter Q – in a range simply not possible with conventional filters.

Last night I managed to start on the soldering project by completing and testing the power supply portion of the circuit. Tonight I hope to complete the USB circuitry and start on the local oscillator stage.

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