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Software Defined Radio Tutorial For The Beginner

SDR Dongle Turns Computer Into Receiver

TThis DVB-T dongle will turn a computer into an electronic listening device, which is basically a police scanner radio but even more. This may be the most fun a techie could have on the cheap! The NooElec TV28T v2 USB DVB-T & RTL-SDR Receiver R820T is the ticket for inexpensive software defined radio usage.

This unit allows for interfacing to a large number of popular SDR software packages. The connector type on the antenna and USB board is MCX.

Demo: $19 Police Radio Scanner

Adapters For R820T Dongle And Tutorial, Including Ham Radio Gear

* Antenna Adapters Tutorial — Adapter Instructions

These adapters enable the user to connect outside police scanner antennas up to this device. It comes with a MXC connector.

1. RF coaxial cable UHF SO239 PL259 female to MCX male right angle connector RG316 20CM — This allows you to use other antennas with your dongle.
2. RF coaxial coax cable assembly F female to MCX male right angle 6” — RF coaxial coax cable assembly MCX male right angle to F female 6”.

Instructions For Windows And Software Downloads

1. Windows Software — http://rtlsdr.org Wiki
2. Downloads — SDRSharp
3. RTL-SDR TUTORIAL: DECODING DIGITAL VOICE (P25) WITH DSD — RTL-SDR.COM

Ham It Up Converter — Amateur Radio SDR

1. Ham It Up v1.2 – NooElec RF Upconverter For Software Defined Radio — Ham/amateur radio enthusiasts rejoice! Our MF/HF converter for software defined radio is finally available for sale. This device allows you to listen to MF and HF through your existing software defined radio (SDR). If you do not currently have an SDR we have plenty of low-cost solutions available for sale.
2. Terratec DVB-T USB Receiver & Low-Cost Software Defined Radio (SDR) – Realtek RTL2832U + Elonics E4000-Based — These DVB-T dongles have new-found popularity since it was discovered they can be used as very inexpensive software defined radios. Since these are based on the Elonics E4000 tuner IC they have a very large tunable range of 64-2300MHz. The connector type of the antenna is male PAL aerial and the USB board female PAL aerial. Included with purchase: 1pc USB dongle 1pc metal antenna 1pc antenna mount 1pc software & guide.
3. Ham It Up Basics — Instructions on how to set it up.
4. Ham It Up Demo — Using it the first time.
5. Dongle And Ham It Up Tips — N4LQ demonstrates the kits.

More Resources:

1. SDR Receivers — NooElec
2. How to Make a $19 Police Radio Scanner — Instructables
3. BUY RTL-SDR DONGLES — RTL-SDR.COM
4. $19 Police/Fire/Medical Digital Radio Scanner Howto Guide — RadioReference
5. How to Make a $19 Police Scanner — Overview.

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