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$300 HackRF dongle vs. $41 Ham it up?

Aug 4th 2017, 13:25

KJ6BQM

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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The Hack RF SDR dongle is more expensive than a NooElec Ham It Up v1.3 - NooElec RF Upconverter For Software Defined Radio.

What is the difference? What does the $300 hackRF give me that the $41 Ham it up doesn't?
Aug 4th 2017, 13:33

KJ6BQM

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I just found out that the "Ham it up" dongle is a receive only upconverter. The Hack RF is an xcvr dongle.
Never mind.
Aug 8th 2017, 10:27

AI4BJ

Joined: Sep 2nd 2003, 12:14
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If you only need Rx and are primarily interested in HF coverage, take a look at the soon-to-ship Airspy HF+. It promises exceptional performance for a very modest price tag (
Jul 26th, 10:01

WA1LBK

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I've been looking at the Hack RF myself as an alternative to transverters for some of the VHF / UHF bands that have little commercially available equipment (222 MHz,, 902 MHz., etc.). I'm assuming the Hack RF's power output is on the order of milliwatts & would need a LOT of amplification to be usable; I'm also guessing that the receive performance would be comparable to some of the wideband scanner radios available; has anyone used the Hack RF successfully as a transceiver (even VERY QRP) in this manner?

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