This is the HackRF One, a Software Defined Radio (SDR) peripheral capable of transmission or reception of radio signals from 1MHz to 6GHz. Designed to enable test and development of modern and next generation radio technologies, HackRF One is an open source hardware platform that can be used as a USB peripheral or programmed for stand-alone operation.
If you are wondering what a SDR actually is, it's OK we can help. A Software Defined Radio is essentially a radio communication device that implements the use of software instead of the typically implemented hardware (these would include mixers, amps, and modulators for example). SDR is the application of Digital Signal Processing to radio waveforms. It is similar to the software-based digital audio techniques that became popular a couple of decades ago. Just as a sound card in a computer digitizes audio waveforms, a software radio peripheral digitizes radio waveforms. It's like a very fast sound card with the speaker and microphone replaced by an antenna. The HackRF One acts in just this way, an all-in-one SDR in a small enclosure a little bigger than a cell phone.
- 1 MHz to 6 GHz operating frequency
- half-duplex transceiver
- up to 20 million samples per second
- 8-bit quadrature samples (8-bit I and 8-bit Q)
- compatible with GNU Radio, SDR#, and more
- software-configurable RX and TX gain and baseband filter
- software-controlled antenna port power (50 mA at 3.3 V)
- SMA female antenna connector
- SMA female clock input and output for synchronization
- convenient buttons for programming
- internal pin headers for expansion
- Hi-Speed USB 2.0
- open source hardware
Every HackRF One is protected by an injection molded plastic enclosure and ships with a micro USB cable. ANT500 or ANT700 Telescopic Antenna is recommended as a starter antenna for the HackRF One.
HackRF One is test equipment for RF systems. It has not been tested for compliance with regulations governing transmission of radio signals. You are responsible for using your HackRF One legally.
- 1x HackRF One
- 1x USB A Male to Micro B Male Cable
- 1x Telescopic Antenna (with choice of either ANT500 or ANT700)
Great Scott Gadgets ANT500 Telescopic Antenna (75 MHz to 1 GHz)
This ANT500 is a telescopic antenna designed for operation from 75 MHz to 1 GHz with a total length that is configurable from 20 cm to 88 cm long. Each ANT500 is constructed of stainless steel and features an SMA male connector, rotating shaft, and adjustable elbow.
The ANT500 is a 50 ohm antenna designed to match HackRF One. It is the perfect first antenna for general purpose use with HackRF One but we won't stop you from using it with different projects!
Great Scott Gadgets ANT700 Telescopic Antenna (300 MHz to 1.1 GHz)
This ANT700 is a telescopic antenna designed for operation from 300 MHz to 1.1 GHz with a total length that is configurable from 9.5 cm to 24.5 cm. Each ANT700 is constructed of stainless steel and features an SMA male connector, rotating shaft, and adjustable elbow.
The ANT700 is a 50 Ohm antenna designed to match HackRF One. It is the perfect first antenna for general purpose use with HackRF One, but we won't stop you from using it with different projects!
It is a very expensive device for hobbyist but with the scan of 6Ghz the price tag is normal. I would have gotten the RTL-SDR which is 10 times cheaper but the cheap one has a limit in scan frequency. I jump in to buy the device because of the support and popularity of it. I just read a positive article on March 2023 about the device. Also the support website has lesson videos to follow and when I got mine I run some test and it was ok. My next task is to get pentoo linux(gnu radio) and to follow the lesson videos. Hope to learn something out it. By the way I went to buy the RTL-SDR as well so I can compare them.