Apache Labs ANAN10 First Few Days   August 24th, 2013

ANAN-10F

I have now spent a while with my Apache Labs radio and am finding my way around it. Tuning SDR radios is always a topic of conversation, primarily because there are no knobs to twiddle. I know the feeling, but as time goes by and we use the PC more and more, so we start to adapt to new technology and new ways to work. The PC mouse is a prime example of this, Today few will question its use and in any case what is the alternative?

With Apache Labs, the tuning can be done in several ways, but my preference is to use key combinations. There are several keys mapped out for tuning in various steps right down to very fine steps for CW. Another two keys act as RIT, and yet another two can shift the IF pass band. It is almost like touch typing, and it starts to become intuitive.

I personally like to use my laptop as the interface because I can move it around. With the Ethernet cable I can easily move my “radio” to another part of the room. Indeed I can connect the radio to my WiFi system and connect any PC to it. The downside here is that whilst I can use a microphone into the laptop, there is no way that I know of to use a CW key into the laptop. However, there is a facility for sending via the keyboard of the PC so this might be the answer. Something I have yet to investigate.

Talking of CW, I have found the CW aspect to be very good. I know that FlexRadio struggled for years to try and get that part working right and it took unitl the 6000 series to sort it out. But at the moment that series is still mot available. On the Apache Labs radio, there are no such issues. I have been operating up to 30WPM and notice no problems. That is about my limit anyway! At the moment my setup is to plug the CW key directly into the ANAN-10 that I am using. I can move around the band very easily using the laptop keys as just described and work semi break-in with ease.

I have also been testing out a Heil headset with the ANA-10 and this seems promising. The implementation is very easy and it looks as if we can produce a simple option to modify one of the Heil headsets with boom mic, to work very well with the ANAN series of radios.

There are lots of adjustments on the ANAN radios and I have found that it makes sense to save your favorite settings into the database, so that if you go too far with changing things, you can go back to your own personal settings. And if all else fails, you can go back to the factory settings. So all things seem to be covered here. It is certainly a fun radio. Peter G3OJV

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4 Responses

August 25th, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Peter M0HBL Says:

Sounds very interesting Peter. What is the price of the three three versions of the ANAN?
Is software available for the Mac as well as PC?

August 25th, 2013 at 7:52 pm
Peter Says:

OpenHPSDR mRX is available for download now. cuSDR is under development in Germany and will be Windows Linux and Mac. This will eventually be the preferred software as it will run 7 receivers and provide a panoramic display from 10kHz to 55MHz, cuSDR beta can be downloded for Windows now, but only works on receive, But it does demonstrate the 10kHz to 55NHz operation. Prices are still under begotition and will be announced early September. They will be cheaper than FlexRadio. Peter

August 26th, 2013 at 11:12 pm
Paul McGowan Says:

Been looking for this to hit the UK for some months. Can W/S confirm that this can be used fully thin client (IE using the computer mic and speaker as opposed to having a local mic/speaker connected?) BR Paul GM1COF

August 27th, 2013 at 8:58 pm
Peter Says:

The mic and speaker can indeed be connected either via the PC or direct to the transceiver hardware unit. In its most basic form that means that a laptop or PC can be used tethered to the transceiver at any distance via a low cost Ethernet cable. Wifi is also possible but that does become very dependent on the quality of the WiFi. cuSDR will be the next software program to be rolled out and is at present being developed in Germany. Peter G3OJV

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