Re: NDB - Airspy HF+ DIscovery versus Hermes Lite 2


You have a really small antenna, perhaps? If not I suspect the Andrus is not setup as nicely as it could be. With a low loss antenna system below even 30 MHz and especially under 10 MHz it is VERY difficult to make a radio too insensitive to receive anything that is out there without reducing RF input gain by 10 dB to even 30 dB due to purely natural noise sources.


On 20211223 06:46:56, Allan Isaacs wrote:

Max.. I’m overhauling a WW2 R1155 and as I tuned across the long wave band a Polish station close to Radio 4 came in at a good S8 about mid day.

I checked on my Andrus SDR with the same aerial and it wasn’t more than a tiny spike with no audible modulation

Admittedly the R1155 has been modified with a 6AK5 RF stage…

Allan G3PIY

From: [] On Behalf Of Max
Sent: 23 December 2021 14:36
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] NDB - Airspy HF+ DIscovery versus Hermes Lite 2


On Thu, Dec 23, 2021 at 12:34 PM, Patrick wrote:

It's indeed surprising.

As a LF enthusiast (chasing NDB for more than 20 years), I can tell the Discovery is one of the most sensitive receiver I have ever used

Hi Patrick

I don't think this shows any issue with the HF+ Discovery, just that the Hermes Lite 2 is a quite astonishing bit of kit for the money. Actually regardless of the cost. Punches way above its weight. I did always think so but this has just confirmed it for me. Unless I have a sub-par HF+? Wonder if you managed to watch my video recordings of the NDB?

Unfortunately I was not able to listen for Grimeton test transmissions today. Listening now but nothing heard so I guess too late to the game. I will be sure not to miss the main TX tomorrow morning.


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