In January, András Retzler–owner of the SDR.hu KiwiSDR portal–started requiring registration and a ham radio license in order to access their extensive online database of SDRs.
Today, we learned of the site’s closure. Here’s the message posted at SDR.hu:
The SDR.hu project has been finished
I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who joined my journey with this project!
I hope you had a good time listening on the site, and learnt some things about SDR. The purpose of this site was to provide a technological demonstration for amateur radio operators about Software Defined Radio, and I hope this goal has been reached. As this website was a one-person hobby project, with my tasks and responsibilities growing, and my focus moving to other projects at which I hope to make a greater positive impact, I’m unable to further develop SDR.hu and protect it from abuse.
Furthermore, I think this site has some good alternatives now. Nevertheless, in my opinion amateur radio receivers should be shared with strict access control in the future.
If you have more questions, feel free to consult the FAQ.
SWLing Post contributor, Mark Fahey, shared the following message sent by Andras to all KiwiSDR owners in the database this morning:
You are receiving this e-mail because you were listing a receiver on SDR.hu in the last 3 months.
I wanted to let you know that the SDR.hu project is discontinued.
This is because I have to focus on my PhD and unfortunately I don’t have enough time anymore to maintain the website and protect it from abuse.
If you have questions, there’s a FAQ on the front page: https://sdr.hu/
For KiwiSDR users there is another listing service available on the KiwiSDR website: http://kiwisdr.com/public (I’m not involved with this one.)
Thank you very much for having participated in the project!
Alternative KiwiSDR Portals
Fortunately, there are a number of other KiwiSDR portals that do not require registration or a call sign. Here’s a list:
- http://kiwisdr.com/public/ (list)
- https://ve3sun.com/KiwiSDR/ (list and map)
- http://rx.linkfanel.net/ (map view)
If you prefer another KiwiSDR portal, please comment with a link. I’ll try to update this post with any new additions!