With SPRAT 162 by my side, armed with an FT37-43 trifilar wound transformer, I popped open the RTL-SDR dongle. I had hopes of being able to solder two tiny wires to the unused input pins (3 and 4) but I quickly realized that I was NOT going to be able to do that -- they are far too small for me to work on. So I did what Ken Marshall G4IIB did: I took out the SMT caps going to pins 1 and 2 and soldered two small wires there. This will limit this dongle to HF only -- if I want VHF/UHF I'll just spend another $13 dollars! You can see the results in the video above.
Tony Fishpool did a neater job. See his work here:
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