Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KB7TBT, Apr 12, 2021.
Ham Radio - The Malahit DSP portable SDR receiver.
County comm makes a GP-5 receiver that's a ton more compact for portable use. I have a couple of them in the go bags. Of course it doesn't have the battery eating display.
i like the NR on the Malahit more, it sounds well effective and doesnt cut the treble that much like the ic705 does.
I have one coming from Russia. Looks pretty cool.
Which is a rebranded Tecsun PL-365.
Where do you get the firmware?
What firmware is this currently running?
If you stop the video at 2:08 you'll see it's running version 1.0f (that's one point zero F). I would say a good Google will land you one where to get firmware for it.
Apples to Oranges.
I purchased two of these from eBay about 6 weeks ago. The first one arrived and was basically DOA. I returned it and rec'd a refund. The second from a different vendor arrived along with a USB cable, telescopic antenna, SMA adapter and some perfunctory instructions. I was a bit skeptical about this unit but it worked beautifully right away. I didn't have an available HF antenna to attach to it so I plugged it into an unused discone for 25-1300 mHz. I was amazed at how well it worked with this antenna. I was immediately picking up good SSB signals on 40m. Same thing on 20m. AM and FM broadcast was clear and strong. Standard shortwave broadcast signals came in strong as well. VHF/UHF left a good bit to be desired. Despite setting the unit for NFM, local law enforcement transmissions were distorted badly. The noise reduction on the HF bands worked very well. The display is quite impressive as well; clear and sharp with spectrum display and waterfall. I have found the battery life to be quite good. I have charged the unit via the USB cable twice since receiving it with it still going strong after about 3 weeks with about one hour's use per day. I did connect the unit to a GAP noise reduction module connected to an external speaker which makes it perform very well with greater clarity from the larger speaker. The internal speaker is quite small and tinny but for its size, its not bad. Not a bad little radio at all for about $200.
I'm on that list as well. The Russian model is the original and alleged best. I tried a Chinese knock-off via Amazon; it was returned about 24 hours later as it did not perform anywhere near as advertised. There are so many knock-offs and the wording regarding coverage is sketchy at best. To get "non-demo" firmware and VHF/UHF coverage you have to buy the firmware update from the original Russian manufacturer. The hardware design is open sourced, the firmware isn't. Some of the knock-offs would lead you to believe (I'm guilty of this) that it is arriving with full coverage out of the box. Not so.
There is about a 2 month backlog via the original Russian manufacturer. The N9EWO review pretty much covers it all. https://www.qsl.net/n9ewo/malahit.html I'm looking forward to getting a real one and trying it out.