RTL-SDR, Round 1

sdrsharpAfter hearing from reddit all about a cool Software Defined Radio project, I obtained a BlazeVideo DVB-T dongle from eBay.  This spiffy device lets you scan almost anywhere in the RF band!  I’m still seeing what I can do with it, but it grabs local FM broadcasts without trouble.

The SDR# software recommended by one site seems to work fairly well under Windows XP.  I’ll also be making tests in Ubuntu and Windows 7 fairly soon.

Here’s some samples of what it sounds like, picking up broadcasts in my area:

Scanning for FM traffic should be easy with this thing. Programming it to decode digital ham radio modes — well, that’ll be a challenge!