There is a common DVB-T receiver chip capable of producing raw IQ samples, which makes it a good device for Amateur Radio SDR experimentation.

The chips is used in some DVB-T USB dongles sold around 2012-2013. What is the model of that chip and which DVB-T dongles are known to use it?

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    $\begingroup$ Please suggest how to make the question better before downvoting. $\endgroup$
    – jkj
    Oct 23, 2013 at 20:19
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    $\begingroup$ 1) This is very localized and will not be very useful in just a few years time. 2) hardware and product recommendations aren't typically supported on stack exchange sites for a variety of reasons, but there is precedent for sites that support it. We should discuss it on meta. $\endgroup$
    – Adam Davis
    Oct 23, 2013 at 20:41
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    $\begingroup$ There is just one of these and it is widely available and a much used tool in amateur radio circles. $\endgroup$
    – jkj
    Oct 24, 2013 at 10:34
  • $\begingroup$ Also specific hardware such as RD-58 will be used for decades. I'd suspect this applies to RTL2832U unless there will be better solution which seems unlikely. $\endgroup$
    – jkj
    Oct 24, 2013 at 10:38

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You're likely referring to the Realtek RTL2832U

A dongle compatibility chart for this chip can be found here:



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