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Old Mar 10, 2011, 07:48 AM
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All beta test units were sold already, thanks all for your interest.

Units will be available in Seeed shop as soon as Beta testers have a chance to test and provide feedback, and assuming there is nothing major reported by them we will start selling the remaining stock in early April.

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Old Mar 19, 2011, 05:49 PM
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I've received the unit today and did some normal operations. The menu is very simple and the settings are self explanatory. My ADSL modems are the noisiest thing in the house, around -83db 1m away. Took it outside hooked up to a 10 element Yagi and to my surprise my home location is quiet! I'll drag this into work on Monday and do some testing there. I don't see any issues with it, it works quite well IMO.
One thing I did notice though was your link to the USB driver is pointing to the client file instead of the bridge driver. The driver is here if anyone needs it. http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/P...CPDrivers.aspx
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 06:13 PM
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Arocholl,

Nifty device! Sorry for the shameless plug, but I just wanted to mention that any EzUHF receiver offers similar functionality when hooked to a PC through USB albeit limited to the 433MHz band. This way around anyone can check on location, or during a FPV plane build, any sources of interference in that band.

Cheers,

Sander.
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 04:38 AM
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I've received the unit today and did some normal operations. The menu is very simple and the settings are self explanatory. My ADSL modems are the noisiest thing in the house, around -83db 1m away. Took it outside hooked up to a 10 element Yagi and to my surprise my home location is quiet! I'll drag this into work on Monday and do some testing there. I don't see any issues with it, it works quite well IMO.
One thing I did notice though was your link to the USB driver is pointing to the client file instead of the bridge driver. The driver is here if anyone needs it. http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/P...CPDrivers.aspx
Excellent, thanks for your comment, I fixed the USB bridge link in the downloads page.
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 04:59 AM
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Cool! What will the price be like? Would it be possible to release an version for 1.3ghz? could it be used to tune antennas?
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:38 AM
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Cool! What will the price be like? Would it be possible to release an version for 1.3ghz? could it be used to tune antennas?
For price and units available, please go here.

RF Explorer is an ideal device to tune 50 ohm antennas. For a simple whip antenna, it will help you to adjust length and orientation. Just plug your antenna in and see how dBm reads in the frequency of interest changes as you make changes to your antenna. You obviously want the highest possible dBm read.

As for 1.3Ghz, we don't have immediate plans to cover that range but will consider that later on the year.
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Old Mar 22, 2011, 08:12 PM
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I am really digging my rfexplorer. It is perfect for quickly checking if a device or install is lrs friendly.

I am able to see my tlrs frequency hop. It's really cool!

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Old Mar 23, 2011, 06:30 AM
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I am really digging my rfexplorer. It is perfect for quickly checking if a device or install is lrs friendly.

I am able to see my tlrs frequency hop. It's really cool!
I'm glad you received your RF Explorer already and were able to do some checks. Keep us posted in your experiments.
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 11:06 AM
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I received my RF Explorer (433mhz) today and was able to do a quick little test. It is well constructed and operated as advertised. It detected a wireless TimeCode tx I have that operates in the UHF band, it also was able to detect rf noise coming from KX-550 camera. I also tested a RCV922 camera which had considerably less noise coming from it. I think this will be a great little tool for checking interference at unfamilar flying sites and the ability to check components for rf noise and antenae tuning is a big bonus. The addition of a 2.4ghz module will allow me to check for interference on my video band as well. Please let us know when the 2.4ghz is ready for beta and sign me up for one. Thanks for the great product.

I have an EzUHF so I will use its spectrum analyser for a comparison with the RF Explore and let you know if I find any differences.

Mark
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 11:28 AM
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I just checked my GoPro for rf noise and got basically the same results as Bracky's pix shows.

Mark
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 06:43 PM
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I received my RF Explorer (433mhz) today and was able to do a quick little test. It is well constructed and operated as advertised. It detected a wireless TimeCode tx I have that operates in the UHF band, it also was able to detect rf noise coming from KX-550 camera. I also tested a RCV922 camera which had considerably less noise coming from it. I think this will be a great little tool for checking interference at unfamilar flying sites and the ability to check components for rf noise and antenae tuning is a big bonus. The addition of a 2.4ghz module will allow me to check for interference on my video band as well. Please let us know when the 2.4ghz is ready for beta and sign me up for one. Thanks for the great product.

I have an EzUHF so I will use its spectrum analyser for a comparison with the RF Explore and let you know if I find any differences.

Mark
Hi Mark, thanks for your feedback. I will certainly contact you for 2.4G module beta testing in a few weeks.
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 09:19 PM
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I would also love to be included in a 2.4G beta.
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 06:12 AM
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I would also love to be included in a 2.4G beta.
Sure, will contact you. Thanks
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Old Mar 30, 2011, 07:34 PM
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I don't have a module (missed out on the beta) but I'm interested in a 433 mhz device and the 2.4ghz add-on. Just helping you gauge interest. I'll buy when they become available.
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Old Mar 30, 2011, 07:41 PM
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I am impressed with how well it works for the price paid. A very good piece of gear.
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