Our next “Lecture and Lab” will delve into the Software
Defined Radio (SDR) receiver. We’ll be using the
venerable RTL2832 AD Chip in an inexpensive USB
dongle. You’ve seen them, but you’ve never played
around with one. Well now you can!
Bring $20 (exact change) to purchase a “NewGen”
RTL2832 SDR. This unit is good from 25MHz to 1760
MHz and will tune in on general radio scanning, air traffic
control, public safety radio, ADS-B aircraft radar, AIS
boat radar, ACARS, trunked radio, P25/MotoTRBO
digital voice, POCSAG, weather balloons, APRS, NOAA
meteorological satellites APT, Meteor M2 satellites, radio
astronomy, meteor scatter monitoring, DAB, or for use as
a low-cost panadapter with a traditional ham radio.
We’ll not only show you how to set up your computer
(Linux, RPi, Windows, and Mac) but also how to use the
popular amateur radio programs. You’ll wonder how
you’ve gone so long without having one of these
inexpensive babies in your shack!
We’ll include an SMA to SO259 so you can attach to any
standard mobile or home ham antenna.
Bring with you a 2m/440MHz mobile antenna with mag
mount and something to ground it for using in the
lecture room, a laptop computer or powered RPi! We’ll
do the rest!
If you already have a SDR dongle – that’s okay – bring it
Our next Lecture and Lab is April 28th:
Dallas Medical Center
7 Medical Parkway
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
3rd Floor Conference Room
Free parking out front!
- $20 for the Dongle (exact change) – it’s yours to take home.
- A 2 meter mobile antenna with PL-259 and ground plane. A MAG mount is perfect – however we can do some things without an antenna.
- Your computer – (Linux, Windows, or Macintosh).
I have 10 dongles. If you want one – show up early! We will, most likely, have additional L&L’s on this device. I’m still finding new uses for this thing (and you will too)!