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472 Grabber Wide Band 630-Meter Receiver

Archived Spectrum lab window showing WG2XIQ CW at 474.5 kHz in addition to weaker WSPR signals mid-band


Click here to access the WG2XIQ 472 Grabber page

NOTE:  Grabber image does not automatically refresh – manual refresh required. New files are uploaded every 5-minutes.  You don’t have to be a registered Dropbox user to view screen grabs.  If you are prompted to log in or create a Dropbox account, simple click “X” on the small white registration window that appears.

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What is the 472 Grabber?

The “472 Grabber” is very simply, a wide band receiver covering the 630-meter band from 470 kHz – 480 kHz and is comprised of a Soft-Rock Ensemble LF SDR receiver , Soundblaster 96 kHz outboard sound interface, a homebrew E-probe active receive antenna, PC with a lot of head room and Spectrum Lab software by DL4YHF.  The entire 630-meter band is processed into a spectrum view for visual identification of signals.

Why do I have a wide band receiver on 630-meters?

The purpose of this full-band receiver is to give an easy and quick view of band conditions and activity on the 630-meter band.  Its very easy to get sucked into a myopic view of what is happening in a chunk of spectrum.  We all have our preferred modes and areas we like to operate but what is going on in the rest of the band?  The band grabber solves this problem.  It also gives a means for other transmitting stations to check their station performance.

Where is the 472 Grabber located?

Because co-location of the SDR receiver in the presence of WG2XIQ while transmitting would result in a total receiver de-sense and probably a failure of the SDR altogether in short order, it is located at a very quiet remote site approximately 1-mile south-south-west of WG2XIQ.  As you can see from the screen shot above, even at 1-mile, WG2XIQ overloads the receiver.  Its a trade off because other sites further away are drastically noisier than the selected location.  I compensate by not beaconing at a high percentage transmit cycle.

The hardware:

Ant1 420x747

12-inch E-Probe active receive antenna with integrated 1:1 isolation transformer and isolated power feed

Ant2 420x747

View of antenna from ground level, 40-feet from the probe.  A pulley allows the probe to be raised and lowered, as needed.


Windows-7 PC with lots of memory and a nice-sized processor. Courtesy of Barry McCoy, K5BSM, owner of Accutech IT Solutions in Ovilla, TX.

Windows-7 PC with lots of memory and a nice-sized processor. Courtesy of Barry McCoy, K5BSM, owner of Accutech IT Solutions in Ovilla, TX.

Soundblaster 96 kHz outboard “Sound card”

Soundblaster 96 kHz outboard “Sound card”

Soft Rock Ensemble II LF SDR

Soft Rock Ensemble II LF SDR