Introducing RTL-SDR: a $20 SDR

the machinegeek over at DangerousPrototypes.com has posted an article on the RTLSDR Project:

“If you don’t want to spend $1,200+ for a USRP SDR to use GNU Radio the crew at OsmoSDR want to help. In addition to their other amazing work, Osmocom team members (notably Steve Markgraf) have been hacking away on an alternative least-cost solution they call rtl-sdr.”

 

 

Introducing RTL-SDR: a $20 SDR

RTLSDR Compatibility List

(This is mirrored from a Reddit.com post moderated by roger_)

DeviceUSB IDPicture(s)Chipset/tunerCompatible?Notes
ezcap EzTV6681RTL2832U/E4000Yes~$20 on DealExtreme
ezcap EzTV6661, 2RTL2832U/E4000YesCertain revisions may not use RTL chipset
ezcap EzTV6460BDA:28381, 2RTL2832U/FC0012YesSome revisions may have the E4000
Terratec NOXON0CCD:00B31RTL2832U/FC0013Yes
Terratec NOXON (r2)1RTL2832U/E4000Yes
Terratec Cinergy T Stick Black (r1)0CCD:00A91RTL2832U/FC0012Yes
Hama Nano (53330)1, 2RTL2832U/E4000YesExpensive ($30 – $50) but compact
MyGica/G-Tek T8031F4D:B8031RTL2832U/FC0012YesDriver here
Unikoo UK001T (P160)1, 2RTL2832U/E4000YesAvailable on eBay, search for “P160 tuner” (was cheapest at ~$11, prices raised now), note similar looking P320 is incompatible
Newsky TV28T1, 2, 3RTL2832U/E4000Yes$26 on AliExpress
Peak 102569AGPK1B80:D3951, 2RTL2832U/FC0012Yes1Driver may mistakenly say Afatech
Dexatek1D19:1102RTL2832U/FC0013YesAlso branded as the MSI DigiVox mini II V3.0 (but not all use Realtek’s chipset)
MSI DigiVox mini Deluxe1D19:11011, 2RTL2832U/FC0013Yes
Ardata MyVision1B80:D3931RTL2832U/FC0012YesAlso branded as the Twintech-UT30
Genius TVGo DVB-T03 (Ver:B)1RTL2832U/FC0012Yes
Lifeview LV5TDeluxe1F4D:C8031RTL2832U/FC0012YesInfo here, available in Poland for < $30
Logilink VG0002A1D19:11011RTL2832U/FC0013Yes
PROlectrix DV1076691F4D:D8031RTL2832U/FC0012YesAvailable on eBay
GIGABYTE GT-U73001RTL2832U/FC0012Yes
(Generic)0BDa:28381RTL2832U/E4000YesRed
(Generic)1, 2?/E4000?Available on eBay, black, looks like Newsky TV28T, chipset not confirmed
Logilink VG0002A048D:91351IT9135/?No
Logilink Nano VG0010048D:9135IT9135/?No
“Mini DVB-T”1, 2IT9130/?No~$10 on eBay, grid vent
“Mini DVB-T”1AF9135/?No~$10 on eBay, solid vent
Seetech ST-D881AF9135/?NoAvailable on Alibaba
WandTV1AF9135/?NoAvailable on eBay and DX
(Generic)1, 2AF9135/?NoAvailable on eBay and Alibaba, grey
(Generic)1, 2AF9135/?NoAvailable on eBay, blue
(Generic)1, 2AF9135/?NoAvailable on eBay, black
(Generic)1, 2AF9135/?NoAvailable on eBay, black, looks like Newsky TV28T
Unikoo ? (P320)1, 2IT9135/?NoLooks the same as the P160, available on eBay
(Generic)1, 2AF9135/?NoAvailable on eBay, black, looks like Newsky TV28T
My Choco TV D2054K1, 2?/?NoDoesn’t use RTL chipset, available on eBay, shaped like chocolate bar

1 Should be, but untested.

EzTV666 and APRS

Alexandru Csete over at oz9aec.net has posted some info on his tests with the RTL2832U-based ezcap EzTV666 DVB-T dongle.

Source: www.oz9aec.net/index.php/gnu-radio/gnu-radio-blog/465-eztv666-dvb-t-dongle-on-the-air

Last week I have tested the RTL2832U-based ezcap EzTV666 DVB-T dongle on the air using various VHF signal. Already Saturday I attempted to receive APT from the NOAA-18 weather satellite. These satellites are always very strong and it was no different using the EzTV666 as you can see on the screenshot below. I was using a handheld ArrowII antenna using an extra adaptor cable, but nothing to match the 50 Ω from the antenna with the 75 Ω in the dongle.” — Alexandru Csete

 

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