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NooElec RTL-SDR, FM+DAB, DVB-T USB Stick Set with RTL2832U & R820T. Great SDR for SDR#, HDSDR, and Other Popular SDR Software Packages!
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- Included RTL2832U and R820T tuner ICs on the USB device
- NooElec guarantees a protection diode on the input to protect from ESD damage
- Compatible with most SDR software, including SDR#. Provides an approximate tuning range of 25MHz-1700MHz for software defined radio (SDR)
- Includes NooElec USB SDR, remote control, and antenna
- Full 1-year warranty against manufacturer's defects
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The perfect device for learning software defined radio, on the cheap. Amateur radio, ADS-B, police & fire scanning, trunking, satellite images--you name it, this little guy can probably do it. Outperforms many devices 10x its cost!
This custom NooElec SDR is a modified DVB-T USB dongle tuned for SDR usage, including upgraded crystal, capacitors and inductors compared to generic devices like those sold by competitors. This results in a lowered noise floor, increased stability and improved longevity.
These units are based on the R820T tuner IC made by Rafael Micro. As such, they have a frequency capability of approximately 25MHz-1750MHz, though this can vary somewhat from unit to unit. There is also an RTL2832U IC on board of course, which acts as the demodulator and USB interface.
The connector type on the antenna and USB board is MCX--male MCX on the antenna, female MCX on the SDR. There are plenty of adapter and adapter cables available in our store if you want to connect your favorite antenna!
We perform extensive QA on every batch sold. As with all our SDRs, we guarantee antenna protection will be present so that your new investment will not be quickly destroyed by spurious ESD.
Full compatibility with a large array of software packages, such as MATLAB, HDSDR, SDR Touch, SDR#, Planeplotter--too many to list. MathWorks and NooElec have coordinated to bring MATLAB support for our SDR receivers. The RTL-SDR radio support package enables you to design wireless receivers using real world signals. Using Communications System Toolbox in conjunction with an RTL-SDR USB radio, you can design and prototype systems that process real-time wireless signals in MATLAB and Simulink
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The dongle I received for Christmas was a blast, and I was able to use it to listen to a lot of things using SDR#, and even recently got it working to listen to the local P25 Trunked system using another receiver to monitor the control channel. It was a great addition to my other stand-alone P25 scanner, but it of course lacked a lot of the sensitivity and often would not decode as well. In addition, try as I might, I could never, not once, get it to decode ADSB aircraft transponder signals, which was an interest.
The E400 was always a tad difficult to use - lots of images, low sensitivity and poor immunity to interference, but it was an inexpensive and fun toy, and my dear wife gave it to me as a gift, which made it extra special to me.
I bought this on a whim, seeing that it was supposed to be more sensitive. Received it in the mail today, and I am here to report that this is a broad understatement. The sensitivity, selectivity, and overall noise floor of this dongle is much superior to the other I have, and it has transformed much of the small experimentation I have been doing. Suddenly, the P25 Trunking system calls are almost error free, and the signals are significantly stronger, with a lot more gain overhead (I only have the gain on this dongle half way..the E400 had to be at max gain to work at all).
In addition, instantly, and without any trouble, I was able to receive ADSB signals on the little antenna that came with the unit. I immediately (indoors - aluminum siding) received a rate of some 50 frames a second, which is astounding, considering I got nothing in 48 hours of straight testing with the E400 dongle. I am very impressed.
The device uses a non-standard MCX input, so you are unlikely to have one of these hanging around. Order an adapter to convert the MCX to your connector of choice (Garmin makes a nice MCX to BNC Female adapter for about 19 dollars) or you can cut off the little antenna, and splice into the cable remaining to whatever antenna you want. I would advise buying something separate though, since you may want that little antenna for ADSB. It seems to be the perfect size to work at that frequency.
You cannot go wrong with this device. I have previously purchased for NooElec, including their HF converter, and they seem to be a quality company that serves a niche market very well.
Shipped fast, and arrived in about 2 days.
And now we have this SDR age. Wow!! It's almost too much to take in. The revolutionary step of going from monitoring one frequency and mode at a time to what is basically a spectrum analyzer on steroids is incredible. And at this price!
I was skeptical due to the price, and the fact that computers generate large amounts of RF noise especially when there is a physical connection. My mind thinks "oh it's so small therefore it won't have much or any filtering hardware", because I'm still getting used to the concept of "oh, well, we'll just do much of what was once done in hardware, in software". I've been pleasantly surprised.
How this will all work out for you depends heavily if not entirely on what software you use. The easiest route for me was Kali linux with that software that starts with a Q and is four letters long (why do open source folks use such silly names nobody can remember??). Seeing the spectrum pop up like that was sort of a dream come true, much like the dream of a spectrum analyzer.
At first I used the antenna that came with it. I already knew this was very very minimalist, but also very portable. I had many other antennas around, but wanted to see how this one did. For me it was pretty pathetic, but is minimally acceptable for VERY local signals. For instance the police and fire station is about three blocks away and that was still hammering me so hard that I could actually see the 2nd and even 3rd order harmonics on the display. So cool!
Then I started using better antennas. First a mobile for 144MHz and 440MHz. Nice upgrade there, especially since I already had it. The best update however was by using a discone antenna from Radio Shack (I really think this is the ONLY thing they make that's good these days). That changed everything. The incredible world that was opened up to me really blew my mind. Overkill really. It even allowed me to do ACARS -- And that's with the antenna indoors.
At this price how can you go wrong? Do it!
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Very bad service it does not work on RTL-SDR , it does not work on FM+DAB , it does not work on DVB-T USB Stick