from Cranbourne, Victoria Australia
Had this receiver for a few days my main intrest is to monitor hf aero installation was easy only took a few minutes hooked up my Wellbrook-ALA1530 and the performance was excellent i do not have any noise issues and have also tried it portable hooked up a piece of wire 20 metres long and ran it on my Miracle Ducker-IL antenna tuner results where excellent if u havent got a decent antenna on hf u are not going to get any where regardless what radios u have i do have other receivers from Aor,Drake,Icom, Palstar,Racal,Ten Tec but the SDR-IQ is definetley a keeper very happy with the Purchase..
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Many features, mediocre performance
January 31, 2010
from Springfield, OH United States
The reason I purchased this model is that it is powered by the USB cable - no messy wall ward hanging off the back. The screen window does has many features including a variety of spectral displays; demodulators for AM, FM, SSB and CW; and infinitely variable filter widths. Other reviews have focused on its use as a panoramic adaptor. My review will summarize its performance as a SW receiver. First, an outside antenna is a must to get away from PC noise. Even then, my portable with a telescopic antenna was able to pull signals out of the noise that were completely absent from the SDR-IQ. Also, the audio output to the sound card is weak. I have to set both the main and WAV volume controls to max for a reasonable listening level. The bottom line: It is great for spectral analysis or for use as a panoramic adaptor. If you just want to listen to shortwave, get one of the many available portables or, better yet, buy a desk top communications receiver.