I couldn’t help myself on this one…So sit back, relax and enjoy…
First off, I’ve been with this project for over three years now - - from the VERY beginning. Steadfast, loyal, supporting the Lime from the VERY beginning when I was contacted by the (then) VP of IoT at Ubuntu, Maarten Ectors, about blogging on the LimeSDR - and I did so with the first betas they shipped me. It’s been a wild ride, but I continue - still with strong commitment - to support the LimeSDR and it’s variants.
I would certainly buy a LimeSDR again - without hesitation.
While the application development for Amateur Radio use has been fairly dismal (we’re on year 2 now of SDRConsole transmitting and receiving on HF, SDRAngel is giving up and folding its tent now, and SDR# is hit and miss) I still think that the LimeSDR affords anyone the opportunity to use it, with decent dynamic range - better than the HackRF, over the widest bandwidth available and most affordable cost. When I see all the side development that users have posted over the past three years, it’s gratifying that this remarkable SDR hs been used for so many different applications - some even used for radio astronomy.
My biggest gripe with the LimeSDR is that the gateware keeps changing and it keeps breaking the applications that are out there to support it. It’s as if the things that would perform the most fundamental functions of tuning, bandwidth, and such keep getting shoved around in the register mapping and soon, apps end up broken with the application developers scrambling to fix them or completely giving up altogether. It hurts the Lime to have this kind of firmware strategy. Certainly functionality will be added to give the Lime even more features than originally thought, but it always comes with a gateware change and then things breaking what works - - that really has to be replanned to put the base functionality in ONE PLACE that you won’t change and then just add things to the top of the stack. Maybe that’s the way it is, but one would ask: “…Why is the app broken now…”. So, come on…Let’s get with the program and fix this. GQRX is totally broken and Alex has moved on…The Lime needs to be stable to keep the audience…Okay? (STRONG HINT).
Would I buy again - I’m going to reiterate it - - HELL YES…! But let’s make better decisions about features and additions and keep the functions we know are never going to change in ONE PLACE TO BE UNTOUCHED SO THE APPS ARE UNAFFECTED.
Off soapbox, and planning to be with the Lime until I croak…
73 de Marty, KN0CK