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New Forum for Ham Radio Science

As of today, HRS has decommissioned the old forum. We were just getting too many spammers. The new forum will allow us a better opportunity to help reduce some of the spam. Unfortunately, we were not able to move the user database or the old posts to the new forum. If you were a member of the old forum, you will need to sign up again. The old forum will be available for a little while longer, but we will eventually remove it. Let me encourage you to try to post your comments and questions in the forum. I have noticed that the comment sections of some of the articles are getting a little unwieldy. You will probably stand a better chance of getting an answer to your questions, if you post them in the forum.

Thanks for your patience!


Alternate RTL2832U Install for

Since the original article was posted on using the RTL2832U DBT stick with, 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 The biggest advantage of the of the new .dlls’ is not having to use with the rtl_tcp TCP server. This allows you not to have to start the server every time you use, plus starts processing data from the RTL2832U much faster. The other advantage, is that it does make installing the RTL2832U for a bit simpler. These .dlls’ were not developed by Simon ( 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, or you may want to give the new .dll method a shot. Heres how to use the new .dlls’:… V2.0 Now Supports RTL2832U SDR

Simon, creator of the very popular has recently released a newly designed version 2.0 of 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 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 preview at 2.0. Simon is gradually adding new features and fixing bugs right now with 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 uses TCP to communicate with the RTL2832U stick. Here is a brief overview of what you need to do to get working with a RTL2832U stick.…

About Ham Radio Science Product Reviews

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.…