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FLEX-1500
The Entry Level QPR Software Defined Radio and Ideal IF Deck for VHF-Microwave Operation

The FLEX-1500™ is a low-cost, low-wattage SDR that is positioned to allow ham radio operators the ability to experience the incredible capabilities and just plain fun of operating a software defined radio without breaking the budget.  The FLEX-1500 is packed with features that make it ideally positioned to be the ultimate low cost, high performance IF deck for VHF-microwave transverter operation.  With ongoing improvements and upgrades provided by PowerSDR, the FLEX-1500 is by far the best value of any entry level amateur radio available today.

FLEX-1500 Feature Highlights

  • 5W nominal QRP power amp, 160-6m
  • All band and all mode transceiver with general coverage receive
  • Internal high performance 16-bit A/D and D/A converters (no sound card required)
  • Designed specifically as an IF for transverter use
  • Separate receive antenna port
  • 4th order band pass filters for out of band signal rejection
  • ± 2.5 ppm TCXO for stable frequency operation
  • 10 MHz input for an external high stability clock source
  • High gain RF pre-amplifiers for increased sensitivity
  • Light weight and small footprint designed for portability (4” x 7” x 2.4”)
  • Connects to the PC using a USB v1.1 interface
  • MARS/CAP capable (requires license)
  • RoHS compliant manufacturing

Receiver Specifications:

  • Architecture: Direct conversion, quadrature down-sampling to baseband
  • ADC Sampling Rate: 48 ksps
  • ADC Resolution: 16-bit@48 ksps, 20 kHz bandwidth
  • ADC Dynamic Range: 92dBA
  • Rx Frequency Range: 490 kHz - 54 MHz (operating below 490 kHz requires external, customer provided filters to eliminate images); 160 - 6m (specified performance in amateur bands only)
  • MDS: MDS (typ)@ 500Hz BW; Preamp OFF@14MHz is -116 dBm; Preamp +20dB@14MHz is -127 dBm; Preamp +30dB@50MHz is -138 dBM
  • IMD DR3 (dynamic range): 86 dB@14 MHz with 2 kHz or less tone spacing
  • IP3: +21 dBm@14 MHz with preamp off at 2 kHz or less tone spacing (S5 IM3 method)
  • IP2: +71dBm with preamp off at 2kHz at 2 kHz spacing
  • Selectivity (-6 /-60 dB): CW 500 Hz: 500/640; SSB 2.4 kHz: 2.39/2.54; AM 6.6 kHz: 6.60/6.74; (at 48 ksps/2048 Buffer Length)
  • Image Rejection: >100 dB with Wide Band Image Rejection Active

Transmitter Specifications:

  • Transmitter Frequency Range: 160 - 6m (amateur bands only)
  • Power Output: 5 watts nominal PEP CW and SSB at 13.8vDC input voltage; 5 Watts nominal PEP AM = 3.3 Watts nominal AM
  • Transverter IF Output Power: +0dBm Typical, +5 dBm max.
  • Emission Modes Types: A1A (CWU, CWL), J3E (USB, LSB), A3E (AM), F3E (FM), DIGITAL (DIGU, DIGL)
  • Harmonic Radiation: Better than -48 dB (160 - 10m amateur bands); Better than -60 dB (6m amateur band)
  • SSB Carrier Suppression: At least 55 dB below peak output
  • Undesired Sideband Suppression: At least 55 dB below peak output
  • Audio Response (SSB): Flat Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 3-band or 10-band Software Equalizer
  • 3rd-Order IMD: Better than -33 dB below PEP @ 14.2 MHz 5 Watts PEP
  • Microphone Impedance: 600 Ohms (unbalanced)
  • FlexWire Audio Line-In and Line-Out Impedance: 1000 Ohms

General Specifications:

  • Frequency Stability: +/- 2.5 ppm TCXO std. 32F to 122F (0C to +50C); Optional input for external 10 MHz standard reference
  • DDS Clock Frequency: 384 MHz
  • Emission Modes: A1A (CW), A3E (AM), J3E (LSB, USB), F3E (FM), F1B** (RTTY), F1D** (PACKET), F2D** (PACKET)
  • Frequency Steps: 1Hz minimum
  • Number of Memory Channels: Unlimited
  • Antenna Connectors: BNCx1, XVRx1, XVTRx1
  • Antenna Impedance: 50 Ohms, unbalanced; Rx Optimal
  • Maximum Interconnect Cable Length: Complies with USB 1.1 (not to exceed 5 meters)
  • CE Compliance Cable Requirements: 1 snap on ferrite bead on USB cable (supplied); Bead to be located adjacent to radio connection

Electrical

  • Power Requirements: +13.8V DC nominal ±15% (Transmitter output specified at 13.8VDC)
  • Power Consumption: Rx 400mA (typ.); Tx (5W) 1.8A (max)

Mechanical

  • Height: 2.4" (6.1cm)
  • Width: 4.0" (10.2cm)
  • Depth: 7.0" (17.8cm)
  • Weight: Approximately 1.5 lbs (0.68kg)
  • Operating Temperature: 14 to 122 degrees F (-10 degrees Celsius to +50 degrees Celsius)

Specifications are subject to change without notice.
** Requires 3rd party software.

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Package Includes:
• FLEX-1500 Transceiver
USB Cable (6 feet)
Unterminated Power Cable (4 feet)
• PL259/BNC adapter
• Quick Start Guide

CD ROM/USB Flash Drive with Owner's manual, Quick Start Guide, PowerSDR
2.0 or later, FlexRadio Installer

Documents:
pdf Block Diagram
pdf Quick Start Guide
pdf Owner's Manual
pdf Service Manual

 

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