Cheap RTL-SDR.

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G4EWJ
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Cheap RTL-SDR.

Post by G4EWJ » Fri Jul 15, 2022 7:11 pm

Not having an SDR, I couldn't make up my mind which one to get, so I decided to go for the cheapest and take it from there. This one is £10.50, delivered in a few days from a UK supplier. It's an RTL-SDR type, which only has 2MHz or so bandwidth.

It says the tuner chip is the FC0012, but SDRSharp reports it as the more desirable R820T, which goes to 1766MHz, rather than 948MHz.

I don't have a Portsdown 4 set up to test it on, so caveat emptor and there's no telling with these things that the one you buy a few days later has the same insides. I find it works very well for casual listening on QO-100 NB and it's fairly stable after warming up.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/195243005959

After the 'last one' is sold, 10 more miraculously appear.

Brian
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G4EWJ
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Re: Cheap RTL-SDR.

Post by G4EWJ » Mon Jul 18, 2022 11:22 am

For general WIndows use, ignore the CD that comes with it (which probably has the DVB-T drivers) and go to https://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-quick-start-guide/ and page down to: SDR# (SDRSharp) Set Up Guide.

I found this worked perfectly and I didn't need to install the .NET 5.0 SDK. It doesn't even appear to be on my W10 system.

Brian

G4EWJ
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Re: Cheap RTL-SDR.

Post by G4EWJ » Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:18 pm


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Re: Cheap RTL-SDR.

Post by DL1BJV » Tue Jul 26, 2022 9:37 am

And the Remote Control also works with the Ryde Set top box.

73 Wolfgang.

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Re: Cheap RTL-SDR.

Post by radiogareth » Tue Jul 26, 2022 10:04 am

And the seller accepted a £10 offer. Keeps the accounts simple ;-)
Gareth

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