Hi Saul,

I have a circa 2013 15-inch MacBook Pro and have been using it with the ELAD FDM-S2 SDR receiver running the ELAD Windows application (FDM-SW2) using Parallels Desktop with Windows 10 on my Mac. The system has run flawlessly since I put it together in June. Nice thing about Parallels is that you run the Mac OS and Windows simultaneously and can switch between OS's instantly.


Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU

On 11/30/2016 11:01 PM, Saul Chernos wrote:

While on topic of SDRs, I want to get in the game for AM and FM. What's holding me back is a decision about a computer. I want to dedicate a laptop to this (so it can be used when I'm working, and also with a view to it being an emergency backup for me at my Burnt River ON DX site in the event my work computer ever has issues).

I used to use a PC but switched to Mac (PacBook Pro) a few years ago and am much happier with it. I hate to buy a PC at this juncture. So a few questions:

1) Is there anything really hot coming down the pipe in the next month or two that I should wait for?

2) What am I best to get in way of an SDR that would work with Masc?

3) If Mac is less advisable, will said SDR work off Windows for Mac?

Saul Chernos
Burnt River ON

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Date: November 30, 2016 at 8:30 PM


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Paul's situation seems like a slam-dunk case for SDR usage.

Go out five to ten minutes before top-of-hour, record the whole band xx58-xx03, and then you're back inside where it's warm by five past the hour.

Total time outside 10-15 minutes.

Whole dial worth of stuff to tune after-the-fact will keep you busy INDOORS for several hours unless conditions are completely "naff."

Unless you want to drag an extra battery pack along, you want a receiver that powers up right off the host laptop's USB.

The tent is still a good idea to moderate wind / temperature / precipitation effects on gear and operator.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION
South Yarmouth, MA

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Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:55:04 -0500
From: "Paul B. Walker, Jr." <walkerbroadcast...@gmail.com>
To: Mailing list for the International Radio Club of America
<irca@hard-core-dx.com>
Subject: Re: [IRCA] Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-30

As I've said before I can't run coax from my DX spot to the house. It
would cross tiger freeway and pick up a bunch of RF and electrical noise
from the building.

I am going to eventually look into a heated tent of some kind


On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Neil Kazaross <neilka...@gmail.com> wrote:

> C'mon Paul....dress up and get outside and DX. Seriously, you need to find
> some way to run coax into someplace warmer. 73 KAZ
>
> On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 12:46 PM, Paul B. Walker, Jr. <
> walkerbroadcast...@gmail.com <javascript:;>> wrote:
>
> > Too cold here to go outside and DX... It's -34 below
> >
> > Paul
> >
> >
> > On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Neil Kazaross <neilka...@gmail.com
> <javascript:;>>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > CX here in IL remain worthless. Semi-AU boredom is endless. Not AU
> enough
> > > to get good stuff south with little northern QRM. But too AU to get
> much
> > > past Winnipeg towards the north. Too AU for decent TA cx etc.
> > >
> > > Other than to test antennas I have little incentive to turn the radio
> on.
> > > 73 KAZ
>>



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