Indeed a good question, and a good analysis. But bottom line, isn't it
really about the ability to scan and record multiple frequencies at a time,
and to also be able to visually spot things more easily so as to direct the
search for DX ?
15 mi NW Phila
AM: Modified Sony ICF2010's (4) barefoot w/whip
FM: Yamaha T-80 & T-85, each w/ Conrad RDS Decoder;
Onkyo T-450RDS; Tecsun PL-310 ( 4);
modified Sony ICF2010's (3) w/APS9B @ 15';
modified Sony ICF2010 w/whip
On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 11:26 AM, R. Colin Newell <coffeecan...@gmail.com>
> My wife asked me, after I quoted several DXer's including Robert Ross of
> Ontario who is helping me get a handle on SDR usage.
> The topic was: "Why are the new fleet of SDR's so much better that the
> classic radios of old?"
> I kid you not - my wife asked me this on the way to the University this
> I thought about for a bit and it dawned on me that a truly great
> communications receiver (traditional analog or synth receiver)
> has not been designed in 30 years. That includes the likes of the 7030+ or
> t he Drake R8 or even the Eton E1.
> I added, "Cell phones and personal devices are always getting better - they
> are in a state of evolution..."
> "Example - a modern smart phone is light years ahead of the World's first
> "shoe" phones of 25 years ago..."
> So - if you think about the last time a great receiver was developed and
> the first time a cell phone was released,
> that was about the same time.
> We have come a long way baby.
> So, as Robert Ross of Ontario pointed out....
> It is entirely possible that the latest versions of the SDR, like the
> Perseus and the ELAD are, in fact, "better" in many ways
> than the Drake and LOWE/AOR receivers.
> Having actually used the ELAD for a hour here and and hour there - I was
> stunned by the amount of control one has over it
> and the quality of the output - that is, the actual quality of the
> listening on signals and its resistance to overload.
> We have come a ways indeed.
> Colin Newell - Editor and creator *of *Coffeecrew.com
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