September 2015 Club Meeting - "Softare Defined Radios"

September 18, 2015 ?

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Build a Balun, Save a Chair"

"New" - Signals from OVARC

Presented by Carl, KB7AZ

Software Defined Radios

Presented by Stephen Hicks, N5AC


Is Software Defined Radio (SDR) the future of ham radio?
What makes an SDR different from a classic radio?
Would an SDR make my radio use better and more fun?
Can I work more stations in a contest with an SDR?
Is SDR just an architectural difference in the "guts" of the radio or is it more?
Can I get an SDR with knobs?

Steve will discuss the genesis of Software Define Radio (SDR) and its debut in ham radio. He will cover the different elements of an SDR in an easy-to-understand way and provide you with a working knowledge of the different kinds of SDRs and the benefits of these differences. He will then talk about how an SDR can provide benefits in different operating modes and the tradeoffs that have been made in the production of different SDRs. An overview of FlexRadios products and some other SDRs will be provided including a look at Maestro, FlexRadio Systems' new breakout device that is changing the way hams look at SDR. At the conclusion of the talk, Steve will answer your questions about radios and how they work.

About Steve

Steve Hicks joined FlexRadio Systems in 2008. As Vice President of Engineering, Steve is responsible for all aspects of the company’s product development and product strategy. Steve brings over 25 years of technology experience having held posts at a number of companies including Rockwell/Collins, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Texas Instruments as well as his own software and consulting businesses. Steve was licensed in 1977 at the age of 12 and currently holds an Extra Class license. He is a life member of the ARRL, Central States Microwave Society and the Texas VHF-FM Society. He has also previously held the post of President of the North Texas Microwave Society and is a current director of the Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS). Steve was awarded the Mini Circuits Annual Award for Design Achievement in 2008. Steve received his BSEE from Texas A&M University and an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University. ? Steve lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children.