I recently gave myself a small Christmas gift of a Xiegu G90. I have been eyeing them off for a number of months, and a large client order associated with one of my businesses provided the funds to order one.
It is a HF SDR that covers 1.8Mhz through to 30Mhz – it actually tunes down to the AM broadcast band without any issues. I already have a Xiegu X108 that I enjoy using for QRP activation.
Receive sensitivity is good and it has the capacity of punching out 20 Watts with a built in antenna tuner. It also has a great list of built in features;
- SDR ( Software Defined Radio ) architecture
- All band shortwave radio
- USB, LSB, CW, and AM demodulation
- 20 watt output
- Built in automatic antenna tuner
- Separate analog input and output for digital modes
- 40 x 120 x 180 mm
- Hand mike with button control – Same as the Xeigu X108
- Useful waterfall on a 1.5 inch OLED display.
So far, I am really happy with its performance. It compares well with the X108 and Yeasu FT817, with the SDR advantages of a waterfall display as default. I have always loved Software Defined Radios and have a few of them including a RS918 clone of the McHF as well as a HackRF with SDR Sharp. The advantage of this over the RS918 is that the build quality is superb.
My one small frustration is that the front panel buttons are very poorly illuminated as can be seen from the photo above. All of the buttons are all molded from a single piece of ‘light distributing ‘ rubber. The buttons below the OLED display are beautifully bright, illuminated from the bottom of the OLED display. Sadly, because there are no illumination LEDs under the buttons located further away from the screen they are very hard to read in low light. I wonder if I can install a couple of white LEDs to improve display visibility.
I’m looking forward to using it for Digital modes, such as FT8 and RTTY using my trusty Dell rugged laptop.