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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

This is a new section started to allow asking and hopefully answering questions about HPSDR.

DOC - Documentation

This section contains links for downloading all documentation for HPSDR Projects.


DOWNLOADS - Firmware and Software

Links to current firmware and software available.

SVN Subversion code versioning software

Source code in the process of development

Software links and introduction to software components.

Links to HPSDR software and resources can be found on the Resource page.

Links to the FPGA programming course by Kirk, KD7IRS -- see the Verilog page.

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Software

Acorn-SDR by Bob Cowdery

CW Skimmer From Alex, VE3NEA, has support for Mercury

KISS Konsole, Written in C# and intended as a simple introduction to PC DSP programming.

java-sdr Platform independent Java by John G0ORX/N6LYT.

PowerSDR Running on Microsoft Windows XP.

WinUSB Notes by George, K9TRV

PowerSDR Quick Startup Guide

Documents to help users get HPSDR setup and working. Includes firmware upload instructions.

HPSDR Digital Modes Operation using PowerSDR, Fldigi, VAC and com0com

How to use additional programs to enable the digital modes using PowerSDR

PowerSDR Keyboard Shortcut List

This page lists all the known PowerSDR keyboard shortcuts.

Linux Software

ghpsdr, written in C with a GTK+ GUI by John G0ORX/N6LYT. http://javaguifordttsp.blogspot.com/

java-sdr Platform independent Java by John G0ORX/N6LYT.


This section contains information relative to "putting the pieces together".

Mac OS-X Software

ghpsdr, written in C with a GTK+ GUI by John G0ORX/N6LYT. http://javaguifordttsp.blogspot.com/

java-sdr Platform independent Java by John G0ORX/N6LYT.

Building HPSDR Rigs

Hardware Introduction

This is a guide for those new to HPSDR about exactly what hardware you need to be able to use the system.

Support documentation

Documents for user interested in building boards can be found on the Support page.

A complete HPSDR transceiver

This page provides an example of how to build your own transceiver using HPSDR components and other available hardware and software.

The Antec P183 Solution

This page documents an example of how to build your own transceiver using HPSDR components and other available hardware and software in a traditional a mid-tower PC enclosure.

The Tokyo Hy-Power HL-45B Solution

This page documents an example of how to add a commercial solid state 45 Watt Amplifier to your HPSDR rig.

The Rino R-1 Solution

A smaller PC case solution with an optical drive included.

The Antec Minuet Solution

The smallest PC case solution attempted so far.

Never Short a Penelope by AD9DP

The short paper tells you why you should never operate Penelope into a shorted load.

HPSDR Performance Tests

The purpose of these pages are to establish HPSDR performance measurement process standards.

Receiver Performance Tests

Transmitter Performance Tests

Individual Project Wiki Pages

Click on the NAME of the project to get to its page!

ALEXIARES - RF Preselector

Alexiares (or Alex for short) is a set of RF Bandpass filters for use with Mercury or any other SDR.

ANICETUS (Anie) - Preselector

A few designs for narrow band preselectors

ANTENNA SWITCH - by NT-Electronics

An antenna switch for use with Penelope and Mercury when Alex is not used, also has optional low Noise RX Amplifier for 6 meters

APOLLO - 15W PA and Filter

A companion 15W PA and Low Pass Filter for Hermes

ATHENA - A software Server module

A project to build OS specific server code, module communication libraries and communication protocol documentation.

ATLAS - Backplane

The Atlas is a passive backplane that all other modules plug into.

CYCLOPS - Spectrum Analyzer

Cyclops is a 0-1 GHz spectrum analyzer with tracking generator support.

DEMETER - Power Supply

Power supply designed for HPSDR.

EPIMETHEUS - General Purpose I/O

Epi is a general purpose I/O board for the Atlas bus and includes relays, open collectors, IF switching, etc.

EXCALIBUR - Clock Reference board

A board to allow an external 10 MHz frequency reference interface.

GIBRALTAR - GPS-disciplined Frequency Standard

Gibraltar is a GPS-disciplined frequency standard board.

HELIOS - Helios Small Transmitting Loop Antenna and Controller

HERMES - A DUC/DDC Transceiver.

Merging the verilog code of Mercury and Penelope into a single FPGA, on a single board.

HORTON - Receiver Module

A receiver module integrating the Janus ADC with a QSD on a board for a version of the HPSDR RX board.


The Janus module is a very high performance, dual, full duplex, A/D and D/A converter board.

KISS Konsole - Learning SDR Console

The KISS Konsole is a software project to provide a straightforward, well-commented User Interface to Mercury and other modules.

LPU - Simple Linear Power Unit

The LPU unit takes power from a regulated power supply and steps it to the input needed by Atlas.

MAGISTER - USB 2.0 to Atlas Bus Interface

The Magister module is an alternative to OZY.

MERCURY - 0-55 MHz Direct Sampling Receiver

Perhaps the most exciting of all modules, Mercury will enable direct sampling of the 0-55 MHz spectrum.

ODYSSEY - Low Power Handheld SDR

Odyssey includes a low power SDR based on the QSD, QSE, and a dsPIC33 as the basic radio core.

OZY - HPSDR Host Interface & Control

The OZY module is an FPGA based interface controller card providing input and output connections to the real world.

OZYII - (AussieII) - A high speed PC interface.

High speed PC interface using Ethernet PHY.

PANDORA - Enclosure

HPSDR enclosure

PENELOPE - Companion Exciter to Mercury

A 1/2 watt DUC(k).

PENNYWHISTLE - 20 Watt RF Power Ampilfier

The PennyWhistle takes the RF output of Penelope and amplifies it to approximately 20 watts.

PHOENIX - QSD/QSE Receiver/Transmitter Module

QSD based HF Receiver, a QSE based HF Exciter and a supporting synthesizer.

PINOCCHIO - Extender Card

Pinocchio is an extender card to allow measurements and troubleshooting of an active card in an ATLAS back-plane.

PROTEUS - Prototyping Board

This is the planned prototyping board.

SASQUATCH - DSP back-end

The Sasquatch board is a hardware DSP back-end intended for use by constructors who would like to operate stand-alone rather than attached to a PC.

THOR - High Efficiency HF Power Amplifier

Thor is a high efficiency HF power amplifier using Envelope Elimination and Restoration (ERR) techniques.

Board Designer's Resources

ANCILLARY - Additional "stuff" of interest to HPSDR

Some stuff like Norton Amplifier, FPGA VHDL/Verilog ...

EXPERIMENTERS-CORNER - Ideas not yet projects

ADMINISTRATION-NEWS - Messages about HPSDR web, wiki, discussion list