I was recently commenting to Pete that I could use some gear that would give me a better means of checking the bandwidth of my transmissions. Pete. pointed to the latest issue of our much-loved SPAT magazine. Indeed on SPRAT 165 (Spring 2015) there is an article by Ken Marshall G4IIB on how use the RTL2832u R820T DVB-T "dongle" (USB stick) as an SDR receiver. I sent 13 dollars to Amazon. The device arrived yesterday. I followed Ken's instructions and soon I had the little device inhaling on 12 meters. It is really amazing. Lots of technology in a little box the size of your thumb! I use it with the free HDSDR software and have been listening to 12 and 10 CW and SSB. See the video above. Tomorrow I will attempt Ken's mod that will open up the other HF bands. Then I will be able to put to use a second SPRAT article about this device : Also in SPRAT 165 Tony Fishpool G4WIF describes how to use this device as a rudimentary indicating instrument for bandwidth measurements.
Great stuff. Get yourself one of these devices. You will in effect be getting an all-band all-mode computer controlled receiver for $13 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In response to popular demand, "SolderSmoke -- Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" is now available as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle.
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The two versions are identical, except for a minor difference in the paper used. That's why the prices are a bit different.
Bill's OTHER Book (Warning: Not About Radio)
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