KiwiSDR Soon to Accept General Orders

Back in April 2016 the KiwiSDR was successfully funded on Kickstarter. Since then almost all the rewards have been mailed out and the number of worldwide receivers available on has increased. KiwiSDR is an SDR cape (add on) for the BeagleBone Black/Green embedded computer which covers 0 – 30 MHz with 30 MHz bandwidth. It’s main purpose is to be used as a web based remote receiver which can be publicly accessed by many users.

Over on the Kickstarter updates page we see news that Seeed Studio is taking over the production and distribution of the KiwiSDR, and soon you’ll be able to order the KiwiSDR cape directly from their online Bazaar. Seeed studio is the same company that produces several other capes for the BeagleBone and they also produce the BeagleBone Green which is needed to run the KiwiSDR. They write:

We are very pleased to announce an agreement for Seeed Studio to take over production and distribution of the KiwiSDR going forward. What does this mean? Until now Seeed only had a contract with us to produce the Kickstarter rewards and pre-orders. Now Seeed will add the KiwiSDR to their family of BeagleBone capes they manufacture and distribute. Very soon you’ll be able to order the KiwiSDR directly from Seeed’s online Bazaar, pay directly with a credit card or Paypal and use their shipping system.

For us, and you as Kiwi owners, this is a very positive development. It means soon we’ll be able to devote the majority of our time to software development and providing you support. And as you probably know there is a large list of bugs, feature requests, extensions, distributed experiments and educational material we’d like to be working on instead of worrying about shipping and manufacturing issues. Improving the software is the best way to differentiate ourselves in a crowded SDR marketplace.

We would appreciate it if you would continue to purchase from us until our stock is depleted. Seeed has already manufactured a significant number of units alongside our prior build and will be able to meet the demand immediately. We thank everyone at Seeed for their fantastic effort in making KiwiSDR a reality.



  1. ___

    I have a 30m loop antenna connected to mine.. So, naturally, 30m is great and most of the other bands are noise.

    The device is a bit of a novelty at this point. There are some major enhancements which could really make this thing shine.

  2. Jim B

    I was a $25 donor to that kickstarter; I don’t want to set up a system, but I wanted to encourage the project so I could log in to other systems around the world and check out their local radio activity.

    However, for the ones which are set up I’ve found many of them have terrible reception, with large bands containing nothing but noise. I’m not sure if they aren’t configured properly, or have poor antennas or what. I am hoping that things will improve over time.

    • John Seamons

      Yes, antennas and noise reduction will always be a challenge and limiting factor. But there are a fair number on now that have excellent reception. When we brought up the first prototype the noise was awful and we didn’t know if it was a fatal design flaw or self-interference from the Beagle. It was only after an early beta test unit was setup in the woods 150 km north of Stockholm that we saw how good the noise floor could be.

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