I’ve been eagerly reading all information I could find on the LimeSDR (USB model), in anticipation of some day using it as the control component of an HF/VHF/UHF rig. My Micro B USB LimeSDR arrived yesterday, and I am delighted to report that it works! Yes, I know that’s hardly thrilling to all of you who’ve been using yours for ages, but given the apparent number of people having issues, I thought I’d note that one relative SDR rookie is up and running.
Installed it in the QRP-Labs Luftek enclosure, seems to run cool even before I’ve soldered in the fan pins (and LED connections). I have yet to figure out all the optimal settings, but here’s what I can report:
So far, on my Mac, CubicSDR gives me lots of noise but discernible signal on broadcast FM; GQRX is not happy with my settings and crashes.
On my PC, Lime Suite works; CubicSDR same as on Mac; GNURadio I haven’t figured out; GQRX doesn’t crash but also does not respond; SDRConsole(v3) is working beautifully; as is SDR# with the LimeSDR plugin.
Obviously I’ll need to get my settings right for a couple of these programs, and I’m on a different continent right now so don’t have my Linux box with that software at hand, but thus far I like what I’m seeing. I’m comparing the LimeSDR to a couple of RTL-SDR dongles and an Airspy HF+. No numbers to put up, just happiness in "It works!"