Category Archives: Announcements
Since the original article was posted on using the RTL2832U DBT stick with SDR-Radio.com, one of our readers (Jeff) pointed out that some new .dll files have recently been made available that will allow you to more easily use a RTL2832U stick with SDR-Radio.com. The biggest advantage of the of the new .dlls’ is not having to use SDR-Radio.com with the rtl_tcp TCP server. This allows you not to have to start the server every time you use SDR-Radio.com, plus SDR-Radio.com starts processing data from the RTL2832U much faster. The other advantage, is that it does make installing the RTL2832U for SDR-Radio.com a bit simpler. These .dlls’ were not developed by Simon (SDR-Radio.com author) but by a third party AA5SH and can be downloaded directly from his website. I did a quick test of the new .dlls and they seemed to work fine. You can choose to continue to use the TCP server, which might come in handy to stream data from a RTL2832U to a remote copy of SDR-Radio.com, or you may want to give the new .dll method a shot. Heres how to use the new .dlls’:
Simon, creator of the very popular SDR-Radio.com has recently released a newly designed version 2.0 of SDR-Radio.com. The software has pretty much redesigned from the ground up. The big news for RTL2832U SDR users, is that Simon has added support for these devices via TCP. So, if you would like to try a different SDR software package with your RLT2832U dongle, take a look at the 2.0 version of SDR-Radio.com. The software offers some very nice features like a frequency manager, sharing your SDR over a network, and a nice user interface. Right now the software can be downloaded as a technology preview from the SDR-Radio.com preview at SDR-radio.com 2.0. Simon is gradually adding new features and fixing bugs right now with SDR-Radio.com since it is mostly beta at this time. With that being said, the software seemed to work pretty well using the RTL2832U DBT stick as a software defined radio. Right now, the setup is a little different than you might be used to since SDR-Radio.com uses TCP to communicate with the RTL2832U stick. Here is a brief overview of what you need to do to get SDR-Radio.com working with a RTL2832U stick.
Occasionally on Ham Radio Science we write articles or reviews on commercial products. These reviews or articles are based solely on our opinion. We are not too interested in generating a bunch of numbers about the hardware we review. There are other sites out there that do that job very well. We also believe that “numbers” do not always tell the whole story. For example the $20 RTL2832U dongles have pretty poor numbers but offers a huge fun factor for the money. What we do look for is does the product do what it is supposed to do, how well does it basically work, and how much value does it offer for the price. So we prefer to use a more “down to earth” approach to our product articles or reviews from a “users” perspective.
We hope you had a great holiday and got some new SDR toys to play with! It’s been a little quite here around Ham Radio Science for the last couple of weeks. However, we have some exciting things planned for January. Here are some of the articles and projects we have planned during the upcoming weeks:
Afedri Net-SDR Radio Review – The Afedri Net-SDR is a very low cost IP SDR radio that may be just the thing for those interested in a low cost budget SDR!
Per Vices Noctar – The Per Vices Noctar is an experimental SDR receiver on a card with a frequency range 100Khz to 4GHz transmit and receive. Per Vices has agreed to to send out a Noctar for us to take a look at.
Giveaways – The good folks at NooElec have sent us some goodies for a few giveaways. We hope to start these sometime in January, so keep checking back!