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Expansion Modules

Can I fit any Expansion Module in any RF Explorer model?

Yes, both firmware and hardware are ready to work with any combination.

For instance, you can enhance a wideband RF Explorer WSUB1G with a RFEM24G module to get access to 2.4GHz band as well as 240-960 MHz band. The exact same functionality is available if you enhance a RF Explorer 2.4GHz with a REFMWSub1G module. So both combinations work the same.

How many Expansion Modules can fit in RF Explorer?

Due to size constraints, there is room for 1 single Expansion Module at a time.

Are there plans for additional frequency band coverage?

Absolutely, we are working hard to extend the available choices to frequencies below 240MHz and higher than 960MHz. We will be publishing details in the News section and Twitter whenever there are Beta program available for new modules.

Can you give more details on future frequency band options?

Not yet. We prototype a lot with solutions available from different vendors (Silabs, ADI, TI, Microchip, RFMD, MiniCircuits, Skyworks, Hittite, Maxim... to name a few) to get the most affordable and powerful combination that can fit into RF Explorer.

In our experience, unfortunately the more specific a RF product is, the more restrictive vendors are offering samples for prototyping. In some cases we had to wait for 2 months and pay more than $500 for a sample order...

It takes months before we can really go for a pre-production Beta batch. That means we are not able to provide any reliable details before we are certain a given solution will be feasible.

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# Steve 2011-10-03 10:02
If it is possible to produce a 5.8GHz module/version, I think you would clean up. I'm specifically looking for an affordable 5.8GHz RF Explorer.
If this is a likely future product? put me down for one.
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# Webmaster 2011-10-05 17:13
Quoting Steve:
If it is possible to produce a 5.8GHz module/version, I think you would clean up. I'm specifically looking for an affordable 5.8GHz RF Explorer.
If this is a likely future product? put me down for one.


Yes, we expect to have a model covering 5.8Ghz at some point, but have no ETA yet.
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# Stephen 2012-01-27 12:38
And another request for band extensions - would it be possible to cover some of the VHF amateur bands. 50MHz to 54MHz and 144 to 148 MHz are the two most popular VHF bands world wide. 1296MHz to 1300 MHz is also becoming more popular now.

Anything working on these bands would tempt amateur operators.
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# Webmaster 2012-02-16 01:07
We are close to announce a module which will support all these frequencies. Stay tunned!
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# Kevin 2013-02-10 19:40
Is there a way to demodulate AM or FM audio? Perhaps via the USB output to a computer, or a board tap-off to an external circuit. Thank you.
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# Webmaster 2013-02-11 02:44
Thanks for your question.

I am afraid our current offering does not include any AM/FM audio out. We have plans to look at that in a future HW enhancement board.

Best regards.
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# Michael 2013-12-11 20:42
Ditto here to buy a 5.8Ghz unit if you can keep the price under $250. I love my lower UHF band RF Explorer!
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# Chris 2014-01-07 08:50
Any news on 5.8Ghz module?
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# Webmaster 2014-01-07 23:21
Still working on it, no ETA yet.
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# andrew 2014-01-15 23:53
i have a money bag labelled 5.8ghz ready to send off, let me know when you want it!
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# Webmaster 2014-01-16 15:04
Keep the bag safe! we are working hard to produce this as soon as we possibly can.
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# Karsten 2014-03-27 08:31
Hallo
Schon irgendwelche Neuigkeiten über das 5,8 GHz. Modul...???
2 month's ago since the Last Posting ,,some News about the 5,8 GHz Modul for My Explorer ??
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# Webmaster 2014-03-31 16:47
We keep working on it and are just expecting some final tests to validate our current design as the final one for pre-production. We are closer than ever!
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# Marti 2014-04-14 22:43
Hey Ariel hope things are going well, has there been anything done with the design of the tracking Gen (have loads of jobs for it)and it means i can play with my favourite toy's even more.

Kind regards Marti (M1DCV)
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# Webmaster 2014-04-15 10:11
Hi Marti - yes, development is going so well for the RFGen that we expect to have it soon, hopefully by summer. The performance is really good, we will use it internally to calibrate upcoming RF Explorer 6G model after latest prototype tests results.
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# Simon 2015-12-31 19:17
Is it possible to add a memory module to store received data for later analysis?
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# Webmaster 2016-01-05 21:28
Yes, this will be available for free in an upcoming firmware upgrade we are working on, as long as you have an expansion board of any kind.
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# Mike 2016-01-22 23:13
Might there be an expansion module to operate in the AM band? 530 kHz to 1720 kHz?
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# Webmaster 2016-01-25 13:39
We are researching options to work at lower frequency, may be an external upconverter mixer so existing customers can use it as well.
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# jason 2016-03-04 21:12
Hey Ariel, keep up the great work! Wondering when a 5.8 GHz module will be available to add on to my WSUB3G?

Thanks!
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# Webmaster 2016-03-07 18:50
Thanks Jason.
You can order a RF Explorer 6G and add your WSUB3G to become a RF Explorer 6G Combo.
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# Hilton 2016-08-19 12:45
Hi Ariel

Can I add a RFEMWSUB1G Module to a RF Explorer Signal Generator? I see there is room for this? I ask because I've bought a 6G combo plus a Sig Gen and then I ordered the RFEMWSUB1G and now realise that it won't fit into the 6G combo without taking out one of the boards. Thanks.
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# Webmaster 2016-08-21 19:55
Hi Hilton,

Not really, the expansion port in the Signal Generator is incompatible (both physically and electrically) and is only capable for upcoming specific Signal Generator expansion cards.
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# Hilton 2016-08-23 15:00
Thank you!
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# Jeff 2016-09-15 17:19
I recently purchased the WSUB1G base model and decided to expand the unit by adding the WSUB3G module.
After install the WSUB3G module and powering the unit up only the WSUB1G is identified. Did I miss a install step?? No mention was made in the FAQ on adding a new module..
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# Webmaster 2016-09-15 19:36
Hi Jeff,
Please make sure you upgraded to latest firmware, as described in the upgrade documentation. If you have an old firmware it would not recognize the new module.
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# Jeff 2016-09-16 03:39
Problem resolved…
Yes after taking off the top cover and looking between the boards, the connector was misaligned i.e. top row was not mating with the connector.
Repositioned the WSUB3G Module verified the connector was mated correctly and put the covers back on and success the display shows both modules..
You could not tell this looking from the back of the unit, only between the boards…Thanks for the return email ...
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