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ColibriNANO

RF ADC 14-bit 122.88Msps

Direct Sampling SDR-based receiver

Description

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.

 

Typical Applications 

  • Direct connection with your laptop
  • Remote operation
  • Remote connection with a local transceiver
  • Spectrum analyzer

 

ColibriNANO block diagram 

Block diagram 3

Supported platforms

  • Windows 7 and newer, OS Linux Ubuntu x64 and macOS 10.12 and newer
  • WEB-client for HTML5 browser

 

Minimum hardware requirements

  • Intel Core i3 CPU or equivalent
  • 8GB of RAM
  • High-speed USB 2.0 controller

 

Compatible HAM software

  • ExpertSDR2
  • Legacy SDRSharp
  • HDSDR

 

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.

  • Supported modes: LSB/USB/DSB/CW/AM/SAM/NFM/WFM
  • IQ output via Virtual Audio Cable (VAC)
  • Compatibility with any sound card installed on your PC for the audio output
  • Synchronization with transceivers via CAT interface
  • Special interface to control the CW Skimmer
  • Minimum window resolution 860x466 pix
  • Support of the FullHD and 4K monitors
  • All new versions of the software are free

 

ExpertSDR2NANO

 

Appearance of the ExpertSDR2 software

 

Architecture description 

Block NANO 1

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!

More information about the ExpertRemote system you can find here.

 

ExpertRemote system block-diagram

BDRCCNANO

 

Characteristics

Technical Specifications

Modes* LSB/USB/DSB/CW/AM/SAM/NFM/WFM
Receiving bandwidth, MHz 0.01 - 55
Receiving bandwidth in the undersampling mode, MHz 0.01– 500
Noise floor, dBm

1.9 MHz (160M) - 131
7.1 MHz (40M) - 130
52.5 MHz (6M) - 127

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)
Sensitivity, uV 0.35
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. 

Documentation


pdf Terms of the product's warranty


pdf User Manual for ColibriNANO receiver v1.1

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


User Manual Addendum version 5, by Erik EI4KF

September 2018


 

Downloads

 Windows

installer ExpertSDR2 1.2.0_ColibriNANO

installer ExpertSDR2 x64 1.2.0_ColibriNANO

Published on 27-04-2018

 

pdf ExpertSDR2 1.2.0 final_Release_Notes

pdf ExpertSDR2 1.2 RC7_Release_Notes

pdf ExpertSDR2 1.2 RC6_Release_Notes

pdf ExpertSDR2 1.2 RC5_Release_Notes

pdf ExpertSDR2 1.2 RC3_Release_Notes

pdf ExpertSDR2 1.2 RC2_Release_Notes

pdf ExpertSDR2 1.2 beta_6_Release_Notes


Library for operation with ColibriNANO receiver


Library compiled for x32, x64 and x32 for WindowsXP (not tested) platforms. Library folder contains all compiled libraries and binary examples for x32 and x64 platform, not x32 Windows XP. In the example_src folder you may find the example project created with Qt 5.10 libs and compiled in Visual Studio 2017.


ExtIO library to work with third-party software

zip icon ExtIO_ColibriNANO

Attention!

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:
Set the serial number

 


Ready to use setups, just download, and launch:

zip icon HDSDR_2.7.6_ExtIO_ColibriNANO

zip icon SDR#_v1005_ExtIO_ColibriNANO

 

The ExtIO library was created using Qt 4.8.7.
The HDSDR software was downloaded from the official website http://www.hdsdr.de.

The SDR# software version 1005.

 

To use the ExpertSDR2 software, please install the Visual Studio Redistributable 2017 either from the ExpertSDR2 installer or from the official Microsoft website:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads


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.

zip iconCDM v2.12.26 WHQL Certified x64 for 64 bit PC

zip iconCDM v2.12.26 WHQL Certified x86 for 32 bit PC

 

Official driver installation guides for:
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10

   Linux

installer ExpertSDR2 1.2.0_ColibriNANO

Published on 27-04-2018

 

 


mac oc x macOS


installer ExpertSDR2 v.1.2.0

Published on 20-04-2018

 

Warning!

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.