Saturday, June 01, 2013

First test with cheap $5 AD9850 DDS board and Arduino

News of the availability of very low cost AD9850 DDS boards from China via eBay has swept the home brew radio community in recent weeks. These chips alone were quite expensive and the surface mount soldering was a challenge.

Now the chip, mounted on a nice carrier board, with 125MHz crystal, is available for a very reasonable price. Here's mine sweeping a few frequencies near 10MHz:

The Arduino code I used is from NR80 which in turn is based on code from Andrew Smallbone.

I simply powered mine from the 5V on the Arduino and it seems to work just fine.

Our plan is to make a little crystal replacement board for QRP purposes with a multi-position switch to select the frequency.

Purchased a blank Arduino shield board and have now mounted the DDS board nicely for future software development.

1 comment:

Dan KB6NU said...

Any more news about this project? I just purchased a couple of these DDS boards and plan to control them with a BeagleBone Black that I have.