I had some experience using HDSDR with my Alinco DX-R8T but it was cumbersome and for whatever reason I just stopped using it, not seeing much real benefit and having only limited bandwidth. But now I am happily diving in to the SDR world thanks to the SDRPlay.
The SDRPlay receiver is much more sensitive and I definitely have to turn the gain down, with any of the three switched antennas I have - an RF Systems MLBA-MK1, a 100' long wire and a Wellbrook ALA1530.
With the SDRPlay I first used a small inexpensive Windows 10 tablet, a 7" Vulcan VTA0703 with a Z3735 quad-core processor. It's a neat little setup and handles the load just fine but because the only port, a micro USB, is used for charging, it has to run on battery - and that only gave about 2 hours of power!
So I installed the software on several other computers with proper full-size USB ports in the "radio room" - one an older Windows XP with an AMD quad-core processor, the other a Windows 7. Both run fine, the Windows 7 computer with a fairly high-powered Intel Core i7-3770 CPU barely noticing the load, showing only 1-2% CPU usage for HDSDR! But I decided I needed a dedicated portable computer for SDRPlay, a smaller laptop not a tablet or desktop, and I've got an Asus X205TA with an 11" screen on the way also with a Z3735 processor.
I can see I need to understand better how the EXTIO settings affect performance - I have sometimes gotten muddy or garbled reception, sometimes cutting off completely and although the problem mostly seems to be too much gain, it would help if SDRPlay had a short tutorial on how to adjust the EXTIO settings (my apologies if that already exists, I've searched but can't seem to find).
Thanks to everyone at SDRPlay for this neat little black box that works magic!
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Turn off the AGC
Ride your gain control in the 60 (high)- 70 (low) per conditions per band. Usually 65-60 is the sweet spot.
Later i will post a my complete tutorial on optimizing the SDRPLAY with HDSDR.
All the best
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