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Hardware

Required

    • This particular model is $20 off DealExtreme, but you can find them all over the place now, sometimes on sale for less than $10. Just check to make sure it's compatible with the software you want to use.
    • Covers 64 MHz – 1700 MHz
  • Laptop

Optional

  • Replacement antenna

Replacing the Antenna

The antenna that comes with the USB dongle is small. You can easily get much better signal reception by replacing it with a better antenna, or one better matched to the frequency range you want to listen to. Many of the USB dongles use a PAL connector. You can purchase IEC PAL male to BNC or SMA adapters for less than $4 on eBay. Once you have an adapter, you can easily connect another antenna.

You can purchase telescopic CB or scanner radios with BNC connectors for under $10 online.

Making your own antenna is fairly easy, too. See the projects page for instructions on making some antennas.

Local Radio Frequencies

Frequency Mode Station
89.9 MHz WFM Troy Public Radio
91.1 MHz WFM WEGL
144.39 MHz NFM APRS Calling Frequency
147.06 MHz NFM W4LEE Repeater
147.24 MHz NFM K4RY 2m Repeater
15x MHz NFM Police Dispatch
15x MHz NFM Fire Dispatch
16x MHz NFM NOAA Weather Radio
444.80 MHz NFM K4RY 70cm Repeater

Running on Windows with SDR Sharp

Running on Linux with GNURadio

usbsdr.1415227949.txt.gz · Last modified: 2014/11/05 16:52 by cwh0009