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Old 23-08-2017, 17:34   #61
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Tom,
I have two offers - not because of the money, but I really don't want to chuck it out either... it is not November yet...

Terje,

You've got to understand, though, that I can't use PayPal... We'll have to find some other funding mechanism if you want me to buy it. Money Order on US funds, etc?

I'll check my e-mail later so give me a couple of days.

If I were you, I'd just keep it as some museum will want it one day.
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Old 23-08-2017, 21:38   #62
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Now, as far as DRM broadcasts being nearly nil to North America, maybe the DRM Consortium should start leaning a bit more on current broadcasters to start aiming a portion of their digital SW broadcasts to North America. A weekly 30 minute DRM broadcast to NA would probably cost ~ $5000 per year. Maybe, Radio Romania International's absurd DRM configuration on SW is a candidate for pressure to revise. Why target Europe and not NA? ALL continents should have a few DRM broadcasts targeted at them and the Consortium should be applying pressure to ensure it occurs. Furthermore, the DRM Consortium should start insisting those broadcasters use a robust mode with the xHE-AAC codec and 16 QAM modulation for the MSC. If the goal is to promote DRM, then we need ROBUST DRM broadcasts as well as receivers as they complement one another.

Personally, I place some of the blame at least on the Consortium. We have manufacturers willing to risk significant investment on receivers, but we need the DRM broadcasts. So, Ruxandra, what's next?

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Old 27-08-2017, 08:52   #63
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Personally, I place some of the blame at least on the Consortium. We have manufacturers willing to risk significant investment on receivers, but we need the DRM broadcasts. So, Ruxandra, what's next?

Hear! hear! Why the DRM signals on the air is still so few and far between in the AM band after decades of 'testing'. If most DRM capable Tx site just send out their DRM signals at a quarter(or a 1/10) of their AM power in simulcast mode on a regular basis (instead of this shoot-and-run guerrilla style), that would greatly enrich the DRM program and attract potential listener with their superior broadcast service quality.

At the same time, on the receiver side, why can't they learn some lesson from HD IBOC consortium: how did they overcome the initial high receiver price? Given both systems are similar in so many respect, I don't think the challenge for the wide adoption DRM face is unique.

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Old 13-10-2017, 09:43   #64
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September 2017 update Titus SDR

There is, finally, some new information regarding the Titus II - an Android tablet computer with wideband SDR receiver:

September 2017 update: Titus SDR announces a ready for production
http://hfcc.org/doc/2017-09_EN_TitusSDR_v3c.pdf

Looks good with DAB Classic/DAB+ and Built-in WiFi hotspot.
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Old 30-11-2017, 18:59   #65
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There is, finally, some new information regarding the Titus II - an Android tablet computer with wideband SDR receiver:

September 2017 update: Titus SDR announces a ready for production
http://hfcc.org/doc/2017-09_EN_TitusSDR_v3c.pdf

Looks good with DAB Classic/DAB+ and Built-in WiFi hotspot.

Does anyone have one yet? I have my doubts until I know of some private owner who does...
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Old 30-11-2017, 19:02   #66
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I'd like to periodically maintain a running total of the number of units of these xHE-AAC receivers actually sold for each model. This desire depends on the willingness of manufacturers to periodically provide the data.

Why? So both the members of this forum AND potential broadcasters have SOME idea of the number of units in the hands of potential listeners. Will we listeners EVER hear a digital SW broadcast using the xHE-AAC codec? I don't want more promises. I want action.
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Old 06-12-2017, 19:30   #67
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Jerry at Gospell indicated to me that a payment method other than PayPal is available now, but I need more information from him. * Furthermore, current stock of the GR-216 is depleted so pending orders must wait awhile. APPARENTLY, the GR-216 is selling fairly well which is good.

I want a new one direct from the warehouse.


* The only other method of payment is Western Union currently. Gospell needs to address this limited payment ability swiftly. Regardless, I'll probably use Western Union even with their additional fee, but I can wait.

As most of you already know, Gospell is asking $200 for their GR-216 plus an additional $80 to ship it via air freight to the USA.

The GR-216 will again be available by February of 2018..

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Old 26-02-2018, 19:50   #68
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I just received another e-mail from Jerry of Gospell. The GR-216 is currently in production, but not ready for sale yet. I should have asked Jerry about the number of units being produced ... but didn't.
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Old 15-03-2018, 19:54   #69
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Here's the latest statement from Jerry of Gospell. If you've decided to buy the GR-216, now would be a good time. I asked Jerry, but haven't received a definitive reply on the quantity of GR-216s produced.

"There's a good news for you. I have just checked with our factory, the GR-216 will be ready next week.
I'm sorry let you wait so a long time, because of the Chinese New Year's Holiday delay.
The one unit cost USD200, plus shipping cost via DHL USD80(around 4.5KGs), the total is USD280. If it's ok for you. I'll prepare the invoice for your payment. Once it is ready, I'll send you immediately."
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Old 16-03-2018, 15:58   #70
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New firmware for Gospell's GR-216 has been released as newer receivers have been produced.

http://alokeshgupta.blogspot.com/201...-firmware.html
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Old 19-03-2018, 18:15   #71
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BTW, Gospell's PayPal option DOES allow a buyer to checkout through PayPal as a GUEST... So, my new GR-216 is on its way! Yay!

If a buyer resides in the USA, consider the possibility that tariffs on imported products might play a role in the future so I'd recommend buying now.
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Old 23-03-2018, 19:10   #72
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I guess the following picture is my GR-216 packaged and ready for shipment.

Hopefully, it arrives safely. We'll see if any import duty is collected on $200 and its amount. We'll see if any tariff charges are attached as well.

Gospell and other foreign manufacturers will need to live with tariffs. Personally, I support them. "Free" trade has never been and never will be free among nations. So, Gospell needs to plan on moving production TO the USA if they want the increasing wealth of the USA in the future. Build an HD version of the GR-216 for the North American market and allow DRM as an option. Problem solved except for some risk and investment. HD is here to stay. Just ask Sangean with their excellent HDR series of digital radios.

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Old 23-03-2018, 20:11   #73
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Talking of Gospell making models for USA, found this posting today:

https://swling.com/blog/2018/03/the-...tralians-only/

Tivoli are making a model with good AM and DAB+ / FM for Aussie; maybe they could be persuaded to add DRM30

At least you could get the product locally
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Old 29-03-2018, 22:41   #74
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Yay, my GR-216 arrived today, ~ 5 days after ordering it from China. Wow, shipping is FAST. Well, I paid for that fast shipping, too. As of March 29, 2018, I didn't have to pay an import duty nor tariff on the $200 GR-216.

I've only played with it briefly so far. It's an interesting DRM radio for sure. I had an 110V power supply included instead of the standard 220V one.

My software revision is 1.4 and my hardware revision is 5.

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Old 30-03-2018, 19:59   #75
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My summarized view of Gospell's GR-216 follows.

Compared to Newstar's DR-111, the GR-216 functions cleanly in contrast to the DR-111's quirky operation. The GR-216 is quite similar in performance to my SDR-4+ which is excellent. The quality of audio is surprisingly good in the GR-216 and compares favorably to my Sangean HDR-18. Although I haven't tested the logging nor timer functions yet, I suspect Gospell will sell thousands of these DRM radios as word of its quality spreads. Hence, in every future post, I'll rate broadcasters on their digital configuration, negatively for 64 QAM modulation on SW and failure to use the xHE-AAC codec, since the GR-216 is destined to be popular.

Terje, you have my specific thanks for helping Gospell to bring the GR-216 to this favorable point.

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