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The Silphase R1 SDR Receiver

Thanks to Thomas' SWLing Blog for bringing to attention the Silphase R1 SDR receiver. This is an upcoming high performance HF SDR receiver being manufactured in the EU by a Polish company called Silphase. The R1 appears to be targeting premium SWLer customers with a price of US$1199. However, they note that by the end of 2020 they will have a 25W transceiver option, and later a 100W transceiver option. The SDR is currently available for preorder only and the sign up form can be found at the bottom of their website.

The Silphase R1 comes with a 5" touch screen that shows a spectrum display, has dual VFO's, four speakers and a metal alloy enclosure. It also comes with a built in telescopic antenna, but external antennas can be connected with the F connector. The tuning range is just the HF bands from 0.1 - 30 MHz and the ADC resolution is 16 bits.

Rendering of the upcoming Silphase R1 HF SWLing SDR

A Review of the TitanSDR Pro

Over on the swling.com blog, Thomas has uploaded a review of the TitanSDR Pro that was published in the May 2015 version of The Spectrum Monitor online magazine. Although the TitanSDR pro software defined radio is an expensive (1,380 EUR for the basic / 1,970 EUR for the PRO), it may be of interest to those looking to go further into the short wave listening hobby. The TitanSDR is a high performance 9 kHz to 32 MHz receiver with 16 built in preselectors and a bandwidth up to 2.1875 MHz. It’s main markets appear to be government intelligence and military, but it also finds good use in general short wave listening.

Thomas reviews the TitanSDR positively, liking its easy to use software and its superb sensitivity, but noting that it’s high price may be a bit off putting.

Also, in the current June version of The Spectrum Monitor magazine Thomas also reviews the SDRPlay, a $149 USD HF capable radio, also giving it a favourable review.

The TitanSDR Pro
The TitanSDR Pro