Apache Labs ANAN10 First Few Days August 24th, 2013
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