I stumbled upon the Genesis Radio version of
PowerSDR by accident. After some fumbling around I found that
it's extremely simple to set up for the FiFi SDR plus it looks
great and runs beautifully. It's definitely my new favorite for
tuning around and listening on all the bands. Gotta love the
"analog s-meter" look! As an added bonus, the FiFi SDR appears
to be quite functional up on 6 meters, which is quite a surprise
to me! Here's a screenshot of GSDR running my FiFi SDR:
The main Genesis SDR page is located
The software is located here: http://www.genesisradio.com.au/GSDR/new/
Even though both of my computers are running Windows 7 64-bit I
started out with the 32-bit version of Genesis SDR. There is a
64-bit version but I did not try it until later. When I got
around to installing the 64-bit version I found that it
performed very well and showed half the CPU load that the 32-bit
version runs with, however, it has not been updated for several
years. You can have both versions installed on the same computer
as long as you install them into two separate folders. The
32-bit version should be unzipped into a folder in the Program
Files (x86) directory and the 64-bit version should be unzipped
into a folder in the Program Files directory.
To get started with the 32-bit version all you need to download
are two files:
There actually is no an installation procedure, all you do is
unzip the GSDR_install.zip contents into a folder of your
choice. Then you unzip the GSDR_update_21022014.zip file right
into the same folder and allow it to overwrite the files that
have been updated. When that's done, look for genesis.exe inside
the folder and right-click on it, then select properties. In the
compatibility tab set its privilege level to "administrator" so
that it has the ability to retain the parameters you will set
for the FiFi SDR. When this is done, right-click on the
genesis.exe once again and make a shortcut for your desktop.
Right-click on the shortcut and check to make sure that it has
administrative privileges toggled on. That's all there is to the
installation as the Genesis GSDR package has its own copy of
ExtIO_si570_usb.dll within its folder.
Power up the FiFi SDR and when it's running start up the Genesis
software. It will do a "one-time optimization" and then will go
through a setup sequence that asks what radio you are using.
Select "QRP 2000". It will ask you if another piece of hardware
is installed which should be answered with "No". It will also
ask what soundcard you will be using, select "Unsupported Card".
Click "Finish" and Genesis will start up in standby mode. Leave
it in standby mode and click "Setup" in the upper left-hand
corner then find each screen below and set them just as they
On the Hardware Config page, after checking that "QRP 2000" is
correctly selected in the Radio Model list, press the "Get"
button so that the software will fetch your FiFi SDR's Si570
Xtal frequency. Yours may differ slightly from mine but it
should be pretty close. Make sure everything else is checked
just like you see below.
Next, click on the "Audio" tab and in the
"Sound Card" tab make these adjustments to the settings:
Select Complex Baseband (I/Q) FiFi-SDR for the Input and
then select your system's soundcard for the Output. Choose
192000 for the Sample Rate. For the calibration to track
correctly it was necessary for me to select "RX swap I/Q"
and I suspect this will be true for all the FiFi receivers.
If your calibration appears to have an offset then toggle
that choice the other way. My calibration is spot-on
everywhere so it should work for you as well.