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FlexRadio Donates Software Defined Radio to W1AW

12/10/2008

Thanks to the generosity to the crew at FlexRadio Systems, W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, now boasts the newest in software-defined radio (SDR) -- a FLEX 5000A. FlexRadio Vice President John Basilotto, W5GI, visited ARRL Headquarters on December 8 to present the radio.

"We are delighted that FlexRadio's generosity makes it possible for visitors to W1AW to experience the exciting direction in which SDR technology is taking radio communication," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. The radio, located in one of the three W1AW operating suites, will be available for guests to use when they visit W1AW.

According to Basilotto, the 5000A at W1AW is the first prototype (or beta unit) of the radio. Although the hardware in current production units is nearly the same as the first unit, Basilotto said that the beta 5000 is "a much better performer because of a continued stream of software updates."

W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, said he is excited to receive this new piece of equipment: "I really want to thank John and all the folks at FlexRadio for donating this nifty rig to W1AW. I know those hams who make the trek here to Newington will be lining up to use this new radio, especially when they can see what it is capable of doing. It will definitely be used a lot and I know our visitors will enjoy using the latest in ham radio technology."

Basilotto said that in recognition of what he called the ARRL's "considerable influence on Amateur Radio," FlexRadio Systems felt that W1AW should be equipped with the latest in software defined radio technology. "We believe that the FLEX 5000A will provide an enjoyable experience for the ARRL staff and guest operators for many years to come," he said.



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