ColibriNANO .01-55MHz receiver
Test report by Adam AB4OJ/VA7OJ: ColibriNANO Report
This manual describes the hardware of the receiver and explains operation of ExpertSDR2 software.
ColibriNANO is an excellent platform to experiment with a Dual Diversity receive! (Two RX antennas with different polarization separated at least 1/2 wavelength with two synchronized receivers are required).
The ColibriNANO opens new horizons for HF band enthusiasts, deploying 14-bit ADC, which provides a ~110 dB BDR and up to 3 MHz sample rate. A 0.5 ppm local oscillator insures ColibriNANO frequency stability. Use ColibriNANO remote over IP, and enjoy copying weak signals with minimal industrial RF interference. The ColibriNANO supports ExpertSDR2 special version of software and compatible with popular SDR open source software such as HDSDR, SDRSharp via the ExtIO library.
- Direct USB 2.0 connection to your laptop
- Remote operation
- Remote connection with a local transceiver
- Spectrum analyzer
ColibriNANO block diagram
- OS Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
- Linux Ubuntu/Kubuntu
- WEB-client for HTML5 browser
Minimum hardware requirements
- Intel Core i3 CPU or equivalent
- 4GB of RAM
- High-speed USB 2.0 controller
- Legacy SDRSharp
ExpertSDR2 software was written to support amateur radio SDR transceivers manufactured by Expert Electronics. 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 and 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 provided at no additional cost
Appearance of the ExpertSDR2 software
Remote operation with the ColibriNANO receiver
To control the ColibriNANO via Internet Expert Electronics created ExpertRemote system, based on the client-server configuration. This system allows you to place the receiver and server at the remote location with minimal natural and men-made interference and Internet connection. With ExpertRemote system you can enjoy reception of weak signals from your smartphone, tablet, notebook or PC.
Another feature of this system is that the receiver's software can be synchronized with transceivers and can be used as the panoramic adapter with high resolution.
Distant stations, rare (DX) stations or expeditions from now on will be more accessible for you with 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|
|DC 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)||90 x 25 x 17 (3 1/2" x 1" x 5/8")|
|Operating temperature, °C||from -10 up to +60|
|Weight, gram (Ounces)||43 (1.52)|
* - with 3rd party software additional modes can be supported.