ARRL has an extensive description of amateur radio SDR at: ARRL TIS

In addition, here are recent reports of the ARRL SDR Working Group:

2007 Report

2006 Report

The GNU Radio toolkit for building software radios is available at: GNU Software

Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) has a number of SDR projects underway. See: and look for HPSDR.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a First Report and Order in ET Docket 00-47, Software Defined Radios (SDRs), amending Part 2 of its Rules to create a new class of equipment for SDRs with streamlined authorization procedures. See Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order: NPRM. This was followed by ET Docket 03-108, see: ET Doc.

Dr Michael J. Marcus, N4JMM, sought information of the certification of amateur radio SDR equipment and received clarification in document FCC 07-66: See lead story in: ARRL Letter.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is studying SDR and has published the following documents:

Report ITU-R M.2117 “Software defined radio in the land mobile, amateur and amateur satellite services”

The above Report responds to: Question ITU-R 230-2/8 “Software defined radios”

In addition, work is underway on Cognitive Radio: Question ITU-R 241-1/8 “Cognitive radio systems in the mobile service”

The 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference adopted the following:

Resolution 956 (WRC-07), “Regulatory measures and their relevance to enable the introduction of software-defined radio and cognitive radio systems”

WRC-07 established agenda item 1.19 of WRC-12 (formerly known as WRC-11):

to consider regulatory measures and their relevance, in order to enable the introduction of software-defined radio and cognitive radio systems, based on the results of ITU R studies, in accordance with Resolution 956 (WRC-07)