Questions tagged [rtl-sdr]

Discussion related to the rtl-sdr project, which enables certain television dongles and other hardware to be used as a cheap SDR receiver

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Signal booster with transistor

How can I make a simple signal booster without introducing too much noise? My first thought was to just feed the signal into transistor base (capable of 4GHz) through a 1K resistor. I could get a 1.2W ...
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RTL-SDR with SpyVerter - setup

I need some assistance in setting up a RTL-SDR with a SpyVerter upconverter, using SDRSharp. I have been using the RTL-SDR on its own with success. However, when I connect the SpyVerter (the side ...
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Capturing the key fob signal with SDR [duplicate]

Is it correct to assume that not all the key fob signals have preamble section? I am playing around with bunch of key fobs and I am trying my best to capture their OOK transmitted signals with RTL-SDR ...
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SDR with the Raspberry Pi

I wanted to explore digital modes by connecting a Raspberry Pi via audio cables to a transceiver. However, I realized that thanks to the clock generator, the raspberry pi can produce RF signals ...
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How to choose the right sampling rate and bandwidth for RTL-SDR dongle?

Receiving the frequency of 97.9 MHz I have a Terratec SDR dongle and I am trying to capture a radio frequency. The FFT window shows the frequency range from -500 to 500 KHz. Is there a way to ...
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ADS-B for Trains?

Is there any kind of technology similar to ADS-B for trains? I'm aware of HOT/EOT/DPU messages, but as far as I can see these don't allow you to see its location. I'm specifically wondering about the ...
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Transposing gqrx setup to rtl_fm?

Need to duplicate gqrx settings in rtl_fm command line switches. Review of rtl_fm docs has yielded no joy. gqrx configuration: Freq 156.425 Mhz Filter: Wide Mode: Narrow FM AGC: Fast Squelch: -58.5 ...
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Improving VHF airband reception

I'm trying to receive VHF airband transmitted from a nearby airport via RTLSDR and having a hard time doing so. Obviously the stock antenna is useless in this situation. I tried building a quarter-...
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Confusion about SDR

I've just written code for the RTL2832 to receive and decode ADS-B packets (very cool!). I had some confusion about what is actually happening: Is the raw data coming from the USB dongle literally ...
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SDR for Spectroscope

I'm looking into getting a cheap SDR (perhaps the RTL-SDR RTL2832U) to use as a spectroscope, especially to test the frequency output of Baofeng radios. I currently have reason to believe that one of ...
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Adding a panadapter via SDR

I've become very accustomed to the waterfall display on my SDR, especially for digital modes over HF. I'm thinking about tying into the IF on my IC-718 and connecting to an SDR to add a waterfall to ...
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quadrature demodulator on a chip

I am searching for a single chip/small board solution for quadrature demodulation to sample IQ signals with an integrated ADC for DC-50Mhz frequencies. The reason for that is that I found this sdr ...
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QSSTV/Hamlib and RTL-SDR/HackRF One

I came across QSSTV today. It's a relatively new Linux program for SSTV and DRM. The config suggests that it can use a number of different external radios as transmitters. What I'd really like to try ...
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Noise & shielding, SDR Dongle

First, I'm very new to SDR. This may turn out to be really obvious. I just want to verify my thoughts before I spend more dollars. I have a USB dongle with the RT28xx in it. Works great. Side by ...
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Video transmission between ATV and SSTV

I'd like to experiment with amateur video transmission in a setup halfway between ATV and SSTV. 480 lines of B&W image would be sufficient with 10 FPS, and I'm interested in both digital and ...
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How to detect a tone on an FM Frequency using an RTL SDR receiver?

I'm transmitting a simple tone which lasts 50 ms using an FM transmitter. I can see clearly this tone being received on my RTL-SDR device when I look at a spectrum graph (using GQRX). I need to call ...
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Receive antenna design for a small apartment

I am looking to make a simple receive antenna from some wire, and I have some questions about resonance. Being that this wire can only be so long (about 3 meters maximum, as it must fit inside my ...
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Power surge on hub when using NooElec nesdr mini

I'm trying to set up sdrSharp on my PC using a NooElec nesdr mini for the receiver. I've read a bunch of setup instructions which all suggest using Zadig to install the usb drivers for the receiver. ...
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Images up and down the spectrum

I brought an rtl-sdr USB stick to a foreign country. I am listening with gqrx, and I am surprised to find audio (e.g. television or radio) up and down the spectrum, up to 600, 700 and 800 MHz ranges....
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How to play spectrum recordings made with rtl_sdr in gqrx?

I have an R820T DVB dongle and the rtl_sdr software on a linux computer. I can listen to various frequencies using the gqrx software which uses the rtl_sdr library as a device driver for the USB-...
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SDR - FM Radio station interference

I want to learn about software defined radio and how wireless transmission work in general. So I started messing around with SDRSharp and a little antenna I bought. I figured I would start looking ...
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Why doesn't GNU Radio Companion's wx Constellation Plot doesn't give me the clean QAM constellation I get from its Qt sibling?

Using a RTL2832U USB dongle, I set up GNU Radio to produce a constellation plot of APRS traffic on 144.8 MHz. The result is what I expected: So far, so good. Why not try the same thing using the wx ...
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How to connect this Active Antenna Loop and 100MHz Upconverter?

I have bought the two devices in the image. The 100MHz Upconverter with a SMA connector is used to upconvert HF/MF signal for RTL-SDR to demodulate. I found that there is signal from the antenna (...
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Why do SDR control apps have two frequency settings?

Why do many SDR control apps have two frequency settings, even when the app is designed or set up only for listening to or decoding one signal? Should the two SDR frequency controls be set ...
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What should I look for in an antenna for a DVBT Dongle used for SDR?

I use a cheap DVBT dongle that I control via RTL-SDR. Right now a very basic setup. The general consensus seems to be that a long usb cable should be used (to keep noise from the computer away from ...
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SDR: Quadrature demodulation vs direct RF sampling

I see that many SDRs use a quadrature demodulator and sample I and Q signals. But is it possible to downconvert the RF signal instead, sample it with only one ADC, and get the same capabilities of ...
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How can I reduce the noise coming in from an RTL-SDR dongle?

I've recently received an RTL-SDR dongle, and I'm picking up a lot of noise that is probably coming from my PC, especially a lot of "spikes" on the 2M band. I've already started using a USB extension ...
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Is there a rtl-sdr wrapper for the funcube dongle?

I would like to use some software packages, such as rtl_433, that are written with the RTL-SDR library with a FUNcube Dongle instead. Is there a wrapper that would allow the FUNcube Dongle to be used ...
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Can an amateur use cellular technologies with SDR?

Software Defined Radio is opening up many new possibilities for amateur digital modes. One family of technologies that interests me is cellular. 2G GSM voice/sms and 2.5G GPRS data has been proven to ...
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Installing cuSDR on Ubuntu 13.04

I've been trying to install cuSDR64 on Ubuntu so as to have a 4-receiver 4-display SDR setup. I found the Windows repository on svn here. But, it gives an error (check this question). The cuSDR home ...
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AIS and RTL-SDR Dongles

I am looking for an Windows-based AIS Decoder for RTL Dongles. Currently, there is a solution available using GNU Radio and SDR# but it is complicated to set up and keep running. ADSB has a dedicated ...