RF ADC 14-bit 122.88Msps
Direct Sampling SDR-based receiver
The ColibriNANO opens new horizons for HF band enthusiasts, thanks to its 14-bit ADC, which provides a ~110 dB BDR and up to 3 MHz sample rate. A 0.5 ppm local oscillator gives the ColibriNANO a great frequency stability. Using the ColibriNANO remotely, in some rural area will give you the lowest air noise you've ever seen while won't rob you from any comfort or functionality. The ColibriNANO operated by our own ExpertSDR2 software and compatible with popular HAM software such as HDSDR, SDRSharp via the ExtIO library.
ColibriNANO block diagram
Minimum hardware requirements
Compatible HAM software
Expert Electronics company developed the ExpertSDR2 software to control HAM radio equipment of its own design. Software version for the ColibriNANO allows you to harness all the potential of the receiver: remote operation, synchronization with the transceiver, IQ channel bandwidth up to 3 MHz, control of the preamplifier and LPF.
Appearance of the ExpertSDR2 software
Remote operation with the ColibriNANO receiver
To control the ColibriNANO via Internet we created the ExpertRemote system, based on the client-server connection. This system allows you to place the receiver and server in the remote location with low air noise and Internet connection. This might be some remote village or place with no electrical interference and 3G/4G Internet (or any other connection type). Using the ExpertRemote system you can enjoy clear air from your phone, tablet, notebook or PC. Even simple antennas, placed in a "quiet" place, allows you to listen to the far stations with low level.
Another feature of this system is that the receiver's software can be synchronized with transceivers and be used as the panorama adapter with high resolution. Use the transceiver to transmit signals, receive on your remotely located receiver via the ExpertRemote system.
Distant stations, rare (DX) stations or expeditions from now on will be a reality for you with our ExpertRemote system!
ExpertRemote system block-diagram
|Receiving bandwidth, MHz||0.01 - 55|
|Receiving bandwidth in the undersampling mode, MHz||0.01– 500|
|Noise floor, dBm||
1.9 MHz (160M) - 131
|Sample rate with IQ stream resolution 24-bit, kHz||48, 96, 192, 384, 768|
|Sample rate with IQ stream resolution 16-bit, kHz||1536, 1920, 2560, 3072|
|Amount of software receivers||1 (+1 SubRX)|
|Blocking Dynamic Range (BDR), dB||110|
|IMD3 Dynamic Range, dB||95|
|RMDR (Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range) with 1 kHz offset, dB||104|
|NPR (Noise Power Ratio) with Noise Bandwidth 5 MHz, dB||59|
|Supply voltage range, V||4.5...5.5|
|Maximum antenna input voltage, without ADC overload, mV (ATT=0 dB)||74 (Pk-Pk); 32.7 (RMS)|
|Maximum current consumption, A||0.41|
|Input impedance, Ohm||50|
|ADC clock frequency, MHz||122.88|
|ADC resolution, bit||14|
|Local oscillator stability, ppm||+/- 0.5|
|Local attenuator with 0.5 dB step, dB||from -31.5 up to +6|
|RF input with up to 15 kV ESD protection||SMA connector|
|Dimensions L x W x H, mm (inches)||25х17х90 (3 1/2" x 1" x 5/8")|
|Operating temperature, °C||from -10 up to 60|
|Active device temperature, °C||+45...+50|
|Weight, gram (ounces)||43 (1.52)|
* More modes can be supported via external software
Specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation and specifications are only guaranteed within the amateur radio bands.
This manual is good for either new or experienced users, it describes the hardware of the receiver and explains how to operate it with the ExpertSDR2 software 11.07.2018
Published on 27-04-2018
ExtIO library to work with third-party software
We've made additional tests of the ColibriNANO and found out, that sometimes ExpertSDR2 detects the receiver incorrectly if there are other devices with FTDI chip connected. To make the ExpertSDR2 identify the receiver correctly we added a special descriptor. Please make a certain procedure described in the attached document only once, if you have problems with ExpertSDR2 connecting to the ColibriNANO:
Ready to use setups, just download, and launch:
The ExtIO library was created using Qt 4.8.7.
The SDR# software version 1005.
If your Windows will not automatically download the USB driver, to use the ColibriNANO, download drivers from one of the links below and manually assign them to the undetected device in the Device Manager menu. Dismiss Windows warning regarding unsigned software and proceed with the installation.
CDM v2.12.26 WHQL Certified x64 for 64 bit PC
CDM v2.12.26 WHQL Certified x86 for 32 bit PC
Published on 27-04-2018
Published on 20-04-2018
ExpertSDR2 works on macOS 10.12 Sierra (earlier versions weren't tested).
Only for macOS users:
Recently we've been informed that some macOS devices might have an issue with detecting the ColibriNANO, the issue is in the FTDI drivers. Here is the link to the official FTDI doc, which describes how to fix that, follow items 4.2 and then 3.3: FTDI Drivers Installation guide for MAC OS X.