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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
88.7 MHz WFM WELL
89.1 MHz WFM WLBF
89.9 MHz WFM WTSU
91.1 MHz WFM WEGL
92.3 MHz WFM WLWI
93.9 MHz WFM WTGZ
94.3 MHz WFM WGZZ
95.9 MHz WFM WQSI
96.7 MHz WFM WMXA
97.7 MHz WFM WKKR
99.9 MHz WFM WQNR
101.9 MHz WFM WHHY
102.9 MHz WFM WVRK
103.3 MHz WFM WMXS
106.1 MHz WFM WSTH
107.3 MHz WFM WCGQ
144.200 MHz NFM 2m Calling Frequency
144.390 MHz NFM APRS Calling Frequency
146.520 MHz NFM 2m Simplex Calling Frequency
147.060 MHz NFM W4LEE Repeater
147.240 MHz NFM K4RY 2m Repeater
15x MHz NFM Fire Dispatch
155.610 MHz NFM Police Dispatch
165.525 MHz NFM NOAA Weather Radio Station WWF54
222.100 MHz SSB/CW 1.25m SSB/CW Calling Frequency
315.000 MHz Frequency for key-fobs for North American cars
403.000 MHz NFM Radiosondes
432.100 MHz NFM 70cm Simplex Calling Frequency
433.920 MHz Frequency for European, Asian, and Japanese cars
444.800 MHz NFM K4RY 70cm Repeater
446.000 MHz NFM 70cm Calling Frequency

Running on Windows with SDR Sharp

Running on Linux with GNURadio

usbsdr.1415230528.txt.gz · Last modified: 2014/11/05 17:35 by cwh0009