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And don't forget the accessories!


Welcome to Airspy.US - Your USA source for quality SDR products!
We offer the best products at the best prices with the following advantages:


  • We process your order within 1 business day, not up to 3.

  • We use Priority Mail almost exclusively AND charge a fraction of the expedited shipping costs from the factory. Get your shipment in 1 to 3 days, not 1 to 4 weeks.

  • No customs delays for USA destinations.

  • Factory-direct prices on Airspy products when purchased on our website.

  • All our shipments are tracked and fully insured.

  • We sell accessories to compliment your Airspy at no additional shipping charge when purchased with an SDR.


News

  • We now carry the Uputronics LeoNTP Network Clock

  • We now carry more lengths of RG6Q feedline and at a lower price!
    (and we now carry WHITE as well as BLACK jacket)

  • We now carry the famous Remtronix 800 MHz antennas!

  • Sale prices on Airspy products!

  • GPSDO (GPS Reference Clock unit) now available! (interface cable, too)

  • New website on the way!



SDR Receivers / Converters




BNC to SMA Adapter - GOLD

BNC to SMA Adapter - GOLD

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts the SDR to accept a BNC male connector.
  • Matches the gold connector of the unit - no dissimilar metal issues.
  • Heavy duty adapter will not break like two-piece adapters.

BNC to SMA adapter - Nickel

BNC to SMA adapter - Nickel

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts the SDR to accept a BNC male connector.
  • Heavy duty adapter will not break like two-piece adapters.


BNC to SMA Pigtail RG316 - 6"

BNC to SMA Adapter Cable

Price: $9.95

     
  • Pigtail - adapts the SDR to accept a BNC male connector.
  • This 6" cable (pigtail) reduces stress on the unit when using heavy duty feedlines, yet is small enough to not create excessive loss.
  • The BNC end is a bulkhead mount with  gasket for optional use in project boxes.
  • Improved RG316 cable design

BNC to SMA Pigtail - 12"

BNC to SMA Adapter Cable

Price: $9.95

     
  • Pigtail - adapts the SDR to accept a BNC male connector.
  • This 12" cable (pigtail) reduces stress on the unit when using heavy duty feedlines where 6" just isn't long enough.
  • The BNC end is a bulkhead mount with gasket for optional use in project boxes.


SMA to SMA Pigtail - 12"

SMA to SMA Adapter Cable

Price: $9.95

     
  • Adapts the RF connection for tight spaces     or stress relief.
  • Gold plating matches the Airspy RF connector.
  • RG-316 cable (High Quality / Small Size)

SMA Angle Adapter (90 degree) GOLD

SMA Angle Adapter (90 degree)

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts the RF connection for tight spaces     or stress relief.
  • Gold plating matches the Airspy RF connector.


SMA to SMA Jumper (Male) - 6" or 12"

SMA to SMA Jumper Cable

6" - Price: $9.95

     

12" - Price: $9.95

     
  • Connects to another SMA Female device,       such as the 1090 MHz ADS-B Filter/Preamp
  • Gold plating matches the Airspy RF and Preamp connectors.
  • RG-316 cable (High Quality / Small Size)
  • Note: Sample pic - may not be identical

SMA to SMA Barrel (Male) - GOLD

SMA to SMA Barrel (Male) - GOLD

Price: $6.95

     
  • Connects to another SMA Female device, like the 1090 MHz ADS-B Filter/Preamp
  • Gold plating matches the Airspy RF and Preamp connectors.


N to SMA Adapter - NICKEL & GOLD

N to SMA Adapter

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts the unit to accept an N male connector.
  • Note: Sample pic - may not be identical

N to SMA Pigtail - 12"

N to SMA Pigtail

Price: $9.95

     
  • Adapts the unit to accept an N male connector.
  • This 12" cable (pigtail) reduces stress on the unit when using heavy duty feedlines.
  • RG-316 cable (High Quality / Small Size)


F to SMA Adapter - GOLD & NICKEL

F to SMA Adapter

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts the unit to accept an F Male connector.

F to SMA Pigtail - 12"

F to SMA Pigtail

Price: $9.95

     
  • Adapts the unit to accept an F Male connector.
  • This 12" cable (pigtail) reduces stress on the unit when using heavy duty feedlines.


NEW ITEM!
F to BNC Adapter - GOLD

F to BNC Adapter - GOLD

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts F Male to BNC Male.
  • Gold plated.

NEW ITEM!
F to N Adapter

F to N Adapter

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts the feedlines to a N Male connector.
  • Used to connect feedlines to base antennas


NEW ITEM!
F to UHF Adapter

UHF to SMA Adapter

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts the feedlines to a UHF Male connector.

While UHF connectors are not our favorite at higher frequencies, we also know there are some who will want UHF adapters, so we will sell these for those who want them (see note below *).


UHF to SMA Adapter - GOLD & NICKEL

UHF to SMA Adapter

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts the unit to accept a UHF male connector (PL259).

While UHF connectors are not our favorite at higher frequencies, we also know there are some who will want UHF adapters, so we will sell these for those who want them (see note below *). These will also work fine for the Spyverter.



NEW ITEM!
MCX to SMA Adapter - GOLD

MCX to SMA Adapter - GOLD

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts MCX Male to SMA Male.
  • Gold plated.
  • Used to adapt RTL antennas to Airspy.

NEW ITEM!
SMA to MCX Adapter - GOLD

SMA to MCX Adapter - GOLD

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts SMA Male to MCX Male.
  • Gold plated.
  • Used to adapt SMA antennas to RTL dongles.


NEW ITEM!
BNC to MCX Pigtail - 6"

BNC to MCX Pigtail

Price: $9.95

     
  • Adapts the clock input to accept a BNC male connector.
  • This 6" cable (pigtail) reduces stress on the unit when using heavy duty feedlines.
  • The MCX is a straight connector.
  • RG-316 cable (High Quality / Small Size)


BNC to MCX 90 Pigtail - 6"

BNC to MCX 90 Pigtail - 6

Price: $9.95

     
  • Adapts the clock input to accept a BNC male connector.
  • This 6" cable (pigtail) reduces stress on the unit when using heavy duty feedlines.
  • The MCX is a 90 degree angle connector.
  • RG-316 cable (High Quality / Small Size)


NEW ITEM!
BNC to MCX GPSDO Pigtail - 12"

BNC to MCX GPSDO Pigtail - 12

Price: $9.95

     
  • Adapts the clock input to accept a BNC Female connector.
  • RG-316 cable (High Quality / Small Size)
  • Used to connect the GPSDO to Airspy.

NEW ITEM!
SMA 50 ohm 10 dB PAD

SMA 50 ohm 10 dB PAD

Price: $14.95

     
  • Adds 10 dB of attenuation when signals are too strong.
  • Useful with the preamps for a net 10 dB gain.
  • Works inline with the Airspy or Mini


NEW ITEM!
BNC Male Barrel

BNC Male Barrel

Price: $6.95

     
  • Connects two BNC Female connectors.
  • Nickel plated.

NEW ITEM!
BNC Female Barrel

BNC Female Barrel

Price: $6.95

     
  • Connects two BNC Male connectors.
  • Gold plated.


NEW ITEM!
BNC to F Adapter

BNC to F adapter

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts a BNC connector to an F.
  • Nickel plated.

NEW ITEM!
BNC-F to SMA Adapter

BNC-F to SMA Adapter

Price: $6.95

     
  • Adapts a BNC FEMALE to an SMA.
  • Nickel and Gold plated.


NEW ITEM!
SMA 50 Ohm load - GOLD

SMA 50 Ohm load - GOLD

Price: $6.95

     
  • Used for directional couplers or other SMA terminations.
  • Gold plated.
  • 50 Ohm.



Dozens of other adapters are available. Tell us what you need via eMail (see our contact page). Our parent company may have it in stock for immediate delivery at no additional shipping charge with purchase of an SDR receiver. Sorry, we do not sell the other adapters separately at this time.


* Due to the wideband nature of the SDR units, use of UHF connectors is highly discouraged if you intend to use the unit above 500 MHz. Why? UHF connectors act like a brick wall to RF signals at higher frequencies, and we want you to get the most out of your SDR receiver.



Antennas & Feedlines


Please note that portable antennas are designed for strong signal work, and are a compromise over station antennas. For the best performance, we recommend using outdoor station antennas. The below antennas are the best portable solutions we have found so far. Use of Ferrite Beads is highly recommended when using portable antennas.


Telescopic Antenna

Telescopic Antenna

Price: $8.95

     
  • General purpose telescopic antenna
  • Factory spec coverage 144/430 MHz.
  • Tested to cover 136-960 MHz.
  • May cover outside those bands as well.
  • Swivel base is ideal for the Airspy.
  • SMA connector for use with the Airspy.
  • Length: 5.5" (16.75" extended)


High Gain Flexible Dual Band Antenna

High Gain Flexible Dual Band Antenna

Price: $16.95

     
  • High Gain Dual band "rubber duck" antenna
  • Extremely flexible design
  • Covers VHF/UHF bands (136-174 and 406-512 MHz)
  • Designed for transmit in the 2M/440 Ham Radio bands.
  • SMA connector for use with the Airspy.
  • Length: 17"

Dual Band Antenna

Dual Band Antenna

Price: $8.95

     
  • Dual band "rubber duck" antenna
  • Covers VHF/UHF bands (136-174 and 406-512 MHz).
  • Designed for transmit in the 2M/440 Ham Radio bands.
  • SMA connector for use with the Airspy.
  • Length: 7.75"


NEW ITEM!
Remtronix 800 MHz Antenna (SMA)

Remtronix 800 MHz Antenna (SMA)

Intro: $19.95

     
  • The famous 800 MHz antenna
  • Minimum +6dB Gain over standard antenna
  • Engineered and "Made In Japan"
  • Over 20,000 sold through OEM brands
  • Covers 700-900 MHz (works pretty well on 450, too)
  • SMA connector for use with the Airspy.
  • Length: 7"

NEW ITEM!
Remtronix 800 MHz Antenna (BNC)

Remtronix 800 MHz Antenna (BNC)

Intro: $19.95

     
  • The famous 800 MHz antenna
  • Minimum +6dB Gain over standard antenna
  • Engineered and "Made In Japan"
  • Over 20,000 sold through OEM brands
  • Covers 700-900 MHz (works pretty well on 450, too)
  • BNC connector for general use
  • Length: 7"


Telescopic Magnetic Mount Antenna

Telescopic Magnetic Mount Antenna

Price: $8.95

     
  • General purpose telescopic antenna
  • Factory spec coverage 144/430 MHz.
  • Tested to cover 136-960 MHz.
  • May cover outside those bands as well.
  • Swivel base is ideal for the Airspy.
  • SMA connector for use with the Airspy.
  • Length: 5" (13" extended)

ADSB Magnetic Mount Antenna

ADSB Magnetic Mount Antenna

Price: $8.95

     
  • ADSB Magnetic Mount Antenna
  • Covers ADSB frequencies (1090 MHz)
  • Also works well for 700/800/900 MHz signals
  • SMA connector for use with the Airspy.
  • Length: 11"


ADSB Base Station Antenna

ADSB Base Station Antenna

Price: $39.95

     
  • ADSB Base Station Antenna
  • Covers ADSB frequencies (1090 MHz)
  • Omni-Directional Colinear design (4 element)
  • Calculated 6 dB gain (dBd, not dBi)
  • White radome
  • N connector for durability.
  • Length: 22" (including connector)
  • Includes mounting hardware
  • Feedline NOT included (add below)

High Gain ADSB Base Station Antenna

High Gain ADSB Base Station Antenna

Price: $59.95

     
  • High Gain ADSB Base Station Antenna
  • Covers ADSB frequencies (1090 MHz)
  • Omni-Directional Colinear design (6 element)
  • Calculated 7.5 dB gain (dBd, not dBi)
  • White radome
  • N connector for durability.
  • Length: 39" (including connector)
  • Includes mounting hardware
  • Feedline NOT included (add below)


RG6 cable (feedline) - BLACK

RG6 cable (feedline) - BLACK'

Price: $Varies by length

Length
     
  • RG6 Quad Shield Cable - Black Jacket
  • F connectors on each end
  • Factory spec coverage to 3 GHz.
  • UL approved
  • Note: 75 ohm cable, but works fine for RX
  • 50' length cables always ship immediately
  • Other length cables are now available
    (2 day lead time, but we will try for std time)
  • If you need a more exact length, contact us.


RG6 cable (feedline) - WHITE

RG6 cable (feedline) - White'

Price: $Varies by length

Length
     
  • RG6 Quad Shield Cable - White Jacket
  • F connectors on each end
  • Factory spec coverage to 3 GHz.
  • UL approved
  • Note: 75 ohm cable, but works fine for RX
  • 50' length cables always ship immediately
  • Other length cables are now available
    (2 day lead time, but we will try for std time)
  • If you need a more exact length, contact us.



Other Accessories


Ferrite bead for Airspy USB cable (Clip-on)

Ferrite bead for Airspy USB cable (Clip-on)

Price: $2.45 ea.

     
  • Some users have reported that using ferrite beads reduce noise (2 are recommended).
  • We have not confirmed this, but this information comes from users we trust who are very knowledgeable about such matters.

Spare USB cable (OEM)

USB Cable

Price: $2.45

     
  • OEM USB cable - identical to the one shipped with the Airspy.
  • Use as a replacement or spare cable.
  • NOTE: Airspy comes with one of these cables.










Want something we don't stock? We are always looking to serve you better, so let us know what accessories you want to see and we will consider adding them to our line.



Warranty Info

Airspy Warranty

Airspy warranty is limited to 1 year from the date of delivery for purchased units that fail under normal operating conditions. Airspy units will be repaired at a price of $50.00 plus $10.00 shipping/handling. Normal operating conditions do not include excessive mechanical stresses due to mishandling, dropping, or bending; mechanical or electrical modifications; Electro-Static Discharge (ESD); excessive RF signals; excessive thermal stresses due to improper ventilation or cooling, submersion in any fluid; and any unauthorized repairs.
All warranty claims will be determined by Airspy or their representatives.


Accessory Warranty (except Filter/preamp)

Accessory warranty (except Filter/Preamp) is limited to 90 days from the date of delivery for accessories that fail under normal operating conditions. The warranty is limited to electrical failiure. Physical damage is specifically excluded unless such damage arises from normal use. Antennas are generally considered 'disposable items', although very limited warranties may be honored. All warranty cases will be determined by Airspy.US for these items. Contact us for any warranty claims.




Shipping

We ship almost exclusively via USPS Priority Mail within the USA and Global Priority Mail to Canada and other countries. You receive your package in 1 to 3 days within the US (6-10 days for Canada - slightly more for other destinations).
Your package is tracked and fully insured.


We ship ONLY to USA or Canadian addresses - no exceptions, sorry.


USA shipping starts at only $9.00 for accessories and $12.50 for receivers.
That includes tracking and FULL insurance coverage.
Canadian shipping is higher due to USPS International Package fees.


Accessories ship free with purchase of an SDR receiver!


Shipping time: Below is a map of USA estimated shipping time:


Last update 2-1-2017                         m

FAQ

How do I correctly connect the Spyverter?
Why do you only ship via Priority Mail?
Do you charge sales tax?
How are you related to Airspy.com?
Why does so much of your website look like Airspy.com?
Do you sell the $20 dongles?
When will (feature X) be added?
When will (product X) be available?
What happened to the Airspy Info / Airspy FAQ pages?
How do I pay for a non-warranty repair?
Is Airspy.US a legitimate business?


How do I correctly connect the Spyverter?

     The antenna input of the Spyverter is opposite the USB connector. The connector beside the USB connector is attached to the Airspy input.

If a coaxial switch is used, the Spyverter connector beside the USB port is connected to one of the switched inputs, and the switch common is then attached to the Airspy.

The USB connector is not needed when used with an Airspy SDR.

Or, you can just reference the picture below... (note the USB connector position under the A in Airspy.US)



Why do you only ship via Priority Mail?

     USPS Priority Mail is tracked and insured (to full value of the shipment). It also arrives to you within 1 to 3 days from shipment for the USA, and 6-10 days for Canada. We strive to provide the best service with the best products, and we know how aggravating it is waiting for a week or more for your order to arrive. That was one of the driving motivations for establishing our USA distributorship. As soon as we heard Airspy was open to a USA source, we immediately jumped on the opportunity to be part of this 5-star product line. In fact, our manager suggested the idea to Airspy after waiting for several weeks for his order to arrive from the (at the time) only source. We apologize, but we cannot improve on the shipping time to Canada. The rates are already pretty steep for Global Priority Mail, and any faster shipping method would be pricing us out of the market. Still, we love our Canadian neighbors and hope our improved service will justify the shipping rates. As we gain experience in how much we can safely pack into each respective box size, we may be able to improve on the rate for multiple units.

Do you charge sales tax?

     We are required to collect sales tax in the states where we have a physical business presence. Specifically, that is Pennsylvania. Where we are located is the 6% tax rate. We do not collect tax for any shipments made to other states or Canada.

How are you related to Airspy.com?

     We are a distributor for Airspy through their manufacturer, ITEAD. In fact, we are the exclusive distributor for the USA and Canada. Airspy.com is the author's website. Airspy.US is the domain we acquired in order to promote our USA distributorship of Airspy products. It is likely the easiest domain to remember for such a venture, and the more easily remembered, the better choice it is. It was between Airspy.US and ComeheretobuythebestSDR.com. It was a difficult choice, but one we feel we made correctly.

Why does so much of your website look like Airspy.com?

     Under our distributor contract, we are authorized to use content from the Airspy.com website in order to promote the Airspy product line. Rather than have a bunch of links to the Airspy.com pages, we decided to keep the look and feel of our website which is distinctly different from Airspy.com. We also wanted to make sure customers didn't get 'lost' and not find their way back to our purchase page. As our site grows, we will have more unique site content but we will always have many of the same resources mirrored on our website. We intentionally did not duplicate the Airspy.com forum since that would be harmful to the user community to have separate forums. So, there is no forum on our website. If there is ever conflicting information between the two sites, odds are Airspy.com will have the correct information. Please let us know if you ever do find any conflicting information, as we don't want to mislead our customers.

     Answer update: Our new format exists at the request of the Airspy designer who asked that our website look more like his. This is new to us, as usually manufacturers don't want the distributor website to look too much like theirs, but we will certainly make it look as desired.

Do you sell the "$20 dongles"?

     We strive to provide the best products. While the ultra-cheap dongles are nice to toy around with, they do not provide the performance of the Airspy series receivers. It is a far better value to purchase an Airspy receiver that will not suffer from the dynamic range, overload, and drift issues that plague all the ultra-cheap dongles. Even the "improved dongles" suffer the same issues. We know - we've tested them (know your competition and their weakness). They are a very slight improvement over the previous models.

When will (feature X) be added?

     We generally have no knowledge of when features will be added to products. We recommend asking your question on the Airspy eMail list.

When will (product X) be available?

     While we may know of upcoming products as a business necessity to prepare for sales, we are not at liberty to release that information. As soon as a product announcement is made we WILL include it on our website home page as a news item. The same applies when we have any new items available for sale or pre-order.

What happened to the Airspy Info / Airspy FAQ pages?

     They were removed the request of Airspy, as they don't want duplicate information on both sites. Information can be viewed at Airspy.com.

How do I pay for a non-warranty repair?

     Click this button to pay for a non-warranty repair:

Is Airspy.US a legitimate business?

     Yes, we are. Airspy.US is what is known as a DBA, or Doing Business As name. We are a division of MCH Communications which is a Pennsylvania registered business that has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We chose to use the DBA in order to better define the two divisions of the company. But, everything is legitimate, above board, and is on the books. It is perfectly normal for a business to have a division using a DBA. It's much like the relationship between Xfinity and Comcast, but on a slightly smaller scale. Also, Comcast only has a B+ BBB rating.

     You can read more about our history Here


Last update 7-13-2015                         

Feedback

      What customers are saying... (newer comments at the top)


"Feedback/Review: Great Product and Fast Delivery // Comment: Bought couple of 1090/SAW Pre-Amp/Filter for feeding FlightAware, PlanePlotter and FlightRadar24 and even with FlightAware's antenna on my rooftop, I immediately got 50% increase in overall traffic and range up to 300nm with 820T2 based RTL-SDR. I appreciate that manufacturer added a mini USB connector to power the device. " - R. A. (AZ) via website


"Thank you again for the awesome customer support!" - James C. (VA) via eMail


"Thank you very much... Great service!" - Thomas P (MA) via eMail


"Yeah I got my package quick. Well it's good to know there is a reliable source for airspys." - user "prc117f" via radioreference.com forum


"I received them today and everything looks good!" - Dan B (NH) via eMail


"Same results in Gambrills, MD, ordered one on 22 April and received it on 25 April. Great service from Airspy-US and happy with the new receiver." - Neil R (MD) via Airspy-US eMail list


"Ordered Airspy on Wednesday April 22 and I received it on Saturday April 25 in Camas WA." - David H (WA) via Airspy-US eMail list


      Have a comment? Post it on our eMail list or use the webform in the Contact Us section!
      You can also eMail us directly at airspy@airspy.us


Last update 9-27-2015                         

eMail Lists

      We have an eMail list that is used for announcements of specials and new products, and for discussion of Airspy.US. Please keep the topic strictly on subjects that apply to Airspy.US only.
Airspy.US eMail list website

Or click here to send a subscription request:

Click to subscribe to the Airspy-us eMail list.

(opens your eMail client and sets everything. Just click send after it opens).


     There is a general discussion list for the Airspy units here:
Airspy discussion eMail list website

Or click here to send a subscription request:

Click to subscribe to the Airspy discussion eMail list.

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Last update 5-8-2015                         

Contact Us

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Last update 5-8-2015                         

About Us



Airspy.US, formed in 2015 for the purpose of SDR product sales, is a division of MCH Communications.

MCH Telecom was formed in the early 80's as a broadcast quality video production company and stringer for a local network television affiliate. How does this relate to SDR? It's not a long story, but not a short one either. MCH Telecom was riding on the wave of video production that surged in the 80's. As with any wave, there were a lot of others doing the same thing, and the competition was fierce (and still is for stringers). One of the partners of MCH Telecom decided, with encouragement from others, to re-enter a business that he had been in and sold off in the early 70s - that of radio communications sales and service. Thus MCH Communications was formed in 1986. Early on, MCH was a General Electric manufacturer's rep and dealer, but Motorola was expanding their line to include new opportunities for dealers, and MCH added the Motorola Radius line to the dealership. During this time, GE was outsourcing several of their products, but it was not the outsourcing we know today. It was much more drawn out, and some GE products were ordered only to have lead times (time until your order shipped) that went several months out. During one order, the lead time was quoted as OVER A YEAR (no kidding), and we decided that GE could not provide us the products that could meet our customer expectations. So, we decided to focus more on the Motorola line as well as several lesser known economy brands, such as Relm (previously Regency), Tekk, Shinwa (one of the GE sources, ironically), Vertex, and others. There were ups and downs, but they evened out fairly well. That is, until the FCC decided that narrowbanding was a good idea...

The FCC's narrowbanding requirements will likely do down in history as one of the largest shifts in radio users that will ever pass. They established a deadline to replace virtually all radio equipment with newer models capable of more narrowband emissions. There was a major flaw in the plan, however; the economy was in the outhouse, and many businesses in our economically depressed service area simply could not afford to replace their radios. That, combined with the proliferation of cellphones, made Cellular a more attractive alternative for these business users, so many opted to take the lesser costly path. This resulted in the vast majority of business users, our customers, no longer needing radio maintenance services. The Public Safety users then became the majority of our customers, but they too were subject to the rebanding requirements. Fortunately, they had tax dollars to support their new radio systems. It was decided that all users would be migrated to a new P25 trunked radio system, and with all the new radios the calls for service dimished with the exception of re-installation in replacement vehicles. Fortunately, that only affected one of the counties in our area. But, that would change as the narrowbanding deadline drew near. Additional counties also opted for the same new systems, and service calls for those areas also 'dried up', as new radios rarely need serviced. While we still had contracts, the writing on the wall was plain as day. Clearly, another shift in strategy was needed to support the business - enter Airspy.

For the past several years, SDR dongles had been making great progress and some that were avaialble were dirt cheap. These cheap dongles are nice toys, but they are all the result of hacking a TV receiver that some really intelligent person found could be put into a "test mode" and receive a very wide range of frequencies including outside the TV bands. But, these were still receivers designed to receive strong signals and performed very pooorly in areas where strong signals are present. Enter Youssef Touil. Youssef and his team wrote a very elegant program for use with the cheap SDR dongles called SDR# (SDR Sharp). This is one of the more popular programs for such use, and was aided by the ability to install 'plug-ins' which added capability to the program. Before long, there were plugins that could do just about anything, and this fueled the SDR craze even more. But, there was something that was missing - quality hardware that could be used in harsh RF envoronments. Youssef decided to design a receiver that had performance only found in SDRs costing several hundreds to thousands of dollars. He succeeded in 2014 and the Airspy was born. It was an immediate success with sales of the first two batches selling out in weeks. Our service manager was one of those who purchased a unit, but found there was something critical missing.

The Airspy unit itself is a design masterpiece. The software is fantastic. Youssef is a genius at hardware and software design. What was missing was a supply chain of equal quality for the USA. Shipping times from the manufacturer who produces his products are between one and four weeks depending on location and shipping carrier. In the USA, this was often on the longer side of that range. To add to the grief, the tracking numbers were often not updated post-shipment until a couple days prior to delivery. This meant weeks of seeing "nothing new" on the tracking pages. This was frustrating in the extreme. Our service manager reached out to Youssef to offer a means of expediting shipment into the USA, and several options were outlined that would largely solve this issue. Well, Youssef must have agreed there was an issue because he put out a call for resellers in the USA and European markets. We jumped on the opportunity to be involved in a project with such great potential. A couple months of negotiations later, here we are - the exclusive USA distributor of Airspy products. If you want to torture yourself waiting for your Airspy products, you can still opt to purchase from the factory, but now you have an alternative that can deliver your Airspy products in 1 to 3 days to the USA.

To be continued...

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