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Ham Radio - The Malahit DSP portable SDR receiver.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KB7TBT, Apr 12, 2021.

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  1. N6JPG

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    Tried that of course. All I get is a wide spectrum noise and no signals at all.
  2. W4EGE

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    I'll add my two cents.

    I too deliberated on this radio. I ordered the upgraded version from Amazon and it was sent back to the vendor instantly. There was a known issue where the LSB/USB were literally wired backwards. I was sent a new replacement direct from Hong Kong and that unit was a keeper. It actually arrived in three days to the east coast (crazy fast).

    I've opted to use this radio for auxiliary listening (hunting). I have the malahit and my hack rf working side by side using the same mini-whip antenna. For whatever reason, the malahit can receive broadcast FM with the mini-whip where the hack rf does not (need to switch over to telescoping antenna. IN any case, neither of these radios were intended to be used above VHF...but both do a fine job at it. I prefer the operation of the malahit over the hack rf, but the hack rf does TX so its nice for wspr and other QRP ops.

    For HF listening, the malahit with the mini whip is pretty remarkable. To date, I've still not tested it outside with a ground as it performs better than my collection of SWL radios (including pl 880 and grundig 750) while indoors. The malahit will go LOW and stops around 50khz. The rack rf stops around 200khz (but goes up to 6ghz). Both radios can be visually adjusted as the waterfalls can be tweaked. The malahit has the advantage with the bigger screen, but the contrast is better on the hack rf. Reception of the malahit is objectively...very good. With proper AGC settings and with the onboard NR active, its possible to pick signal out of the background quite nicely (although the wolf wave is still better at NR). As an SDR, its rather sensitive. However, the hack rf running the havoc firmware is probably still more interesting for what it can do...but the lack of onboard battery and speaker limits is usability. But running the two together...THAT IS FUN! You can scan ADS on the hack rf and tune FT8 or whatever on the malahit.

    If the malahit could decode digital signals (C4FM, DSTAR, etc...) it would be the most versatile RX device out there. But, even without that feature, it is certainly worth every penny paid and then some. A stand alone SDR radio that performs as well as a pl880 in half the quite amazing. My dream radio now would be for a slightly large malahit with better speakers and digital decoding. Im sure this will exist within the coming years.

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  3. W4EGE

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    I can confirm that. tele-whips are only good for 80 Mhz and above on the malahit. The mini-whip may be an not 100% sure how this gem works, but it seems to have a mag-loop sort of function to it.
  4. W4EGE

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    I had a similar experience with the first one I ordered. However, the vendor did find the issue and replaced/shipped a replacement at no cost in under a week. Despite the malahit on amazon being a clone...getting a working unit is pretty nice.
  5. W4EGE

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    100%. This comparison of GP-5 vs Malahit is like saying a honda three wheeler from the 80s is the same thing as fully loaded Camry from last year. Silly comparison i know. But the only thing the two radios have in common is that they RX. As for the size comparison...the malahit is 14.25 cubic inches where the GP-5 is 10.2. The difference between the two is literally less than a snickers bar. I'd rather carry the extra candy bar for the obvious advantages of a pocket sized stand alone SDR.
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  6. WD4IGX

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    [Never mind, was asking for a text summary so I could skim/search but someone posted a link to a written review.]
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  7. WD4IGX

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    Should have read this before I posted above, thanks!
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  9. KM1NDY

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    I wrote Georgiy in October about this. I personally really would only consider buying it from him as I am not interested in a knockoff. He was very responsive, my only holdback was the complexity of the buying process. I ended up with the 705 in large part because of the ability to receive with a gorgeous waterfall. There's a real market for portable self-contained receivers with spectral displays in my opinion.

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  10. KB9RLW

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    I used an SMA to BNC adapter and then a BNC to binding post adapter to attach the wire and alligator clip.

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