Expert Electronics ColibriNANO SDR

I’ve been playing with a lot of SDR dongles this weekend, had the ColibriNANO on the go on Sunday.

ExpertElectronics say:

the The ColibriNANO opens new horizons for HF band enthusiasts, thanks to its 14-bit ADC, which provides a ~110 dB BDR and up to 3 MHz sample rate. A 0.5 ppm local oscillator gives the ColibriNANO a great frequency stability. Using the ColibriNANO remotely, in some rural area will give you the lowest air noise you’ve ever seen while won’t rob you from any comfort or functionality. The ColibriNANO operated by our own ExpertSDR2 software and compatible with popular HAM software such as HDSDR, SDRSharp via the ExtIO library.


Typical Applications

  • Direct connection with your laptop
  • Remote operation
  • Remote connection with a local transceiver
  • Spectrum analyzer


ColibriNANO block diagram

Block diagram 3

Supported platforms

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • WEB-client for HTML5 browser


Minimum hardware requirements

  • Intel Core i3 CPU or equivalent
  • 4GB of RAM
  • High-speed USB 2.0 controller


Compatible HAM software

  • ExpertSDR2
  • Legacy SDRSharp


Expert Electronics company developed the ExpertSDR2 software to control HAM radio equipment of its own design. Software version for the ColibriNANO allows you to harness all the potential of the receiver: remote operation, synchronization with the transceiver, IQ channel bandwidth up to 3 MHz, control of the preamplifier and LPF.

  • Supported modes: LSB/USB/DSB/CW/AM/SAM/NFM/WFM
  • IQ output via Virtual Audio Cable (VAC)
  • Compatibility with any sound card installed on your PC for the audio output
  • Synchronization with transceivers via CAT interface
  • Special interface to control the CW Skimmer
  • Minimum window resolution 860×466 pix
  • Support of the FullHD and 4K monitors
  • All new versions of the software are free




Appearance of the ExpertSDR2 software


Architecture description

Block NANO 1

Remote operation with the ColibriNANO receiver

To control the ColibriNANO via Internet we created the ExpertRemote system, based on the client-server connection. This system allows you to place the receiver and server in the remote location with low air noise and Internet connection. This might be some remote village or place with no electrical interference and 3G/4G Internet (or any other connection type). Using the ExpertRemote system you can enjoy clear air from your phone, tablet, notebook or PC. Even simple antennas, placed in a “quiet” place, allows you to listen to the far stations with low level.
Another feature of this system is that the receiver’s software can be synchronized with transceivers and be used as the panorama adapter with high resolution. Use the transceiver to transmit signals, receive on your remotely located receiver via the ExpertRemote system.

Distant stations, rare (DX) stations or expeditions from now on will be a reality for you with our ExpertRemote system!

More information about the ExpertRemote system you can find here.


ExpertRemote system block-diagram



*ColibriNANO Remote Server for Windows PC will be available in January 2018.

An FT-817ND update for April 2018, The FT-818

An FT-817ND update for April 2018, The FT-818

So the ever popular FT-817ND gets a bit of an update, better battery, more power, and 5MHz straight out of the box..


Radio Features:
– Increased power output 6W(SSB, CW, FM) 2.0W(AM Carrier) *UPDATED!
– Improved frequency stability ±0.5 ppm : Built-in TCXO-9 *UPDATED!
– Larger battery capacity : 9.6V/1,900mAh (SBR-32) *UPDATED!
– 5MHz band (WRC-15 + UK frequency) Operation available *UPDATED!
– 208 Memory Channels / 10 Memory Groups
– Operates on 160-10m , HF, 6m, 2m and 70 cm Bands
– Ultra Compact and Portable
– Two Antenna Connectors
– IF Shift, IF Noise Blanker, IPO, ATT
– CW “Semi-Break-in”, CW Reverse, CW Pitch Control
– Built-in Electronic Keyer
– Multi-Color Easy to see LCD
– Internal Battery Operation Capability
– ARS Automatic Repeater Shift
– APO Automatic Power Off
– Front Panel Key Lock Mode

The New Flex 6400M

The new Flex range is superb, I have been using the new 6400M today, stunning bit of kit, really smooth..

the screen is clear and uncluttered, the windows 10 based app is just superb, well written and again really slick..

The latest version of smartSDR is much improved, with the colours leaping off the screen, clear crisp performance just brilliant..

more detail here: Flex from MLS

There’s a book all about SDR “software defined Radio” get it here: 






As always have fun! Gaz

Raspberry pi 4?

Ooohh it’s February, remember February 2016? Well the raspberry pi 3 was released.. I wonder if the the pi 4 will make an appearance this year? Or maybe we will have to wait till 2019 🙁

The pi 3 made micro computers almost a daily driver, but it lacks a little horse power, imagine 4 GB ram on a 1.8ghz CPU running some whizzy edition of Linux.. sporting usb3.x 🙂

Keep the raspberry flag flying, I was late to the party but have to say the pi 3 has a place on my lab bench 🙂

The RSP1A from SDR Play.

The RSP1A from SDR Play.

The latest offering from SDR Play has really hit the spot, with extra band filters including some for DAB and TXCO included..

SDR UNO has also had a a few tweaks, including the multi window start up instead of having to open each window one at a time.. there are also other tweaks with the addition of amateur band buttons..

I have a few ideas this month for projects using the RSP1A or RSP2 🙂

Don’t forget to have a look around the site as it has become very large! I am constantly adding things here and there, why not subscribe to my YouTube channel? 2018 is going to be a little more organised :-))




If your after a fool proof digital presence, them look no further than ft-8.. you don’t have to do a thing once its set up.

I found the easiest way to configure the WSJT-X software is use HRD as a host to control the radio, its so simple once its set up the rest is child’s play.

with 5 watts, our TS-590 was heard all over Europe on 20mtrs.. great fun mode and very easy to use, macro based.. once you have made a contact the software finishes the QSO for you..