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RTL-SDR, FM+DAB, DVB-T USB Stick Set with RTL2832U & R820T. Great SDR for SDR#, HDSDR

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: IEIK

Product Description

Receiving frequency:
DVBT:48.25 ~863.25 MHZ
FM radio: 87.5~108 MHZ
DAB radio: L-Band-1452960~1490624 KHZ
Antenna with MCX male connector
VHF-174928~ 239200 KHZ

With the product, you can record live TV or schedule recordings using the built-schedule. the time-shift function also allows you to pause and instantly replay your favorite scenes.

You can listen to FM audio and digital DAB radio, and record them to WMA audio format into your computer.

It Supports windows 7 media center. With the device, you can watch live TV, and record it by windows 7 media center
Uses a converting software-"Blaze video magic 3.0 ", it can convert your video file as AVI-MPEG4 ,ASF-MPEG4,MP4-MPEG4(for ipod),PSP-MPEG4,3GP-MPEG4,AVI-DIVX,AVI-XVID,MOV- MPEG4 file,and convert your FM / DAB audio file as MP3 file.

Supports LINUX OS, the driver is in "for linux" folder in CD-ROM.YOU can also find a help file there.

NOTE:
If you want to listen DAB or DAB+digital radio,you must make sure you have DAB or DAB+signal,and the results you received depends on the signal strength.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 59.1 x 11.8 x 39.4 inches
Item Weight 0.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.3 ounces
Manufacturer Ding Hao Tech
ASIN B00C37AZXK
Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 337 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #658 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components
Date first available at Amazon.com March 29, 2013

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By M. Culver on December 13, 2013
This is the second one of these sticks that I purchased and it worked even better than one I previously paid twice as much for, The antenna that comes with it is perfect if you want to use the device to monitor ADSB, which is software to track aircraft. Hard to believe that anyone could have so much fun for so little money!

Do not install the software that comes with the device, and plan on tossing the remote control too. (Please recycle the battery responsibly). The Net is loaded with links to free software. For great decoding software that runs on your local Windows machine, check out [...] Use that software to power plotting software such as ADSBScope at [...]

[Edited 12/25/2013 to correct an error in my calculations below]
The antenna is too long according to conventional wisdom to act as an optimal ADSB antenna at 1090 MHz. A quarter wave at 1090 MHZ is approximately 2.7 inches long, and this antenna is roughly 5 inches long (it's a bit hard to tell where the active element really begins).

Well, hold on there... The antenna has a magnetic mount, Stick it on top of the smallest diameter can that you can find -- and it works amazingly well! I used a 2-1/2" can of tomato paste, and an even smaller diameter can would be better. If you are a ham radio operator, see the October, 2013 issue of QST for an article that describes why. It boils down to the fact that if what you attach the antenna to is less than a full wave length in diameter, then there is some interaction between the antenna and the object.

I won't go into all the math here, but if the can diameter is this small, then the antenna *needs* to be a bit long. You can't just cut the antenna down to 2.
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I got the cheap version, not the "brand name" - as my research showed that actually they are the same product made by the same manufacturer at the same plant with the same components. So why to pay extra? There is no need to use any of the software provided on the mini cd, not even the device drivers. Simply download the installation script kit (sdr-install.zip) from sdrsharp's website (sdrsharp.com), unzip it in a folder and run the batch file which in turn downloads the Zadig USB drivers, the RTLSDR library, and the sdrsharp application. (If you are using windows xp, download also zadig_xp_v2.0.1.160.7z instead of zadig_v2.0.1.160.7z downloaded by the install script)
The batch script then unpacks everything in a folder. That's the extent of the installation; so this is a "portable" install, not a classic windows install which modifies the registry. If you ever want to remove it you simply delete the folder. At that point you need to connect your device to an usb port on your computer and run zadig in order to get the proper device driver initialized. There is a step by step tutorial at the site where you downloaded the software. This is a one time task. Then you run sdrsharp, part of which basically looks like a software radio panel (the rest is more of a spectrum analyzer with frequency monitor and waterfall). You can quickly tune in some FM stations and verify that everything is working fine. Obviously, you've got to connect the small antenna supplied in the package. The itsy-bitsy antenna works surprisingly well. As for accuracy, I was lucky enough that my device is dead-on accurate with no frequency drift of any kind. Using a better antenna will certainly improve sensitivity and selectivity, but the beginning package is perfect for the money.
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Got the cheaper version of the RTL-SDR (DVB-T DAB+FM for $10). Hours of learnings for $10 can't go wrong.
Heard commercial FM, ADS-B aircraft 1090MHz, and my handheld. Of course it does not have a xmtr function.
Quick summary:
The dongle receives signals with its A/D converter (RTL2832U) and its tuner (R820T). The dongle passes the digital data to the RS-232 port V2.0 where computer software is used to provide normal radio functions.

My reception of ham repeaters was poor. Heard signals on my handheld but not on the SDR#. Strange because the 1090MHz reception worked fine but the 144/440MHz didn't. Will try outdoor antenna and the more expensive RTL-SDR dongle to see if that makes a difference. Basic SDR# does not have scanner. Programmable memory channel is provided.

Here's how to make it work:
I first tried installing SDR software on an old Windows XP machine. Too many problems; required older .NET Framework and RS-232 v1.0 ports were too slow to capture data. After about 4 hours I gave up on the XP and went to Windows 7 machine.

Installed on Windows 7.0 went well:
1. install driver first (Zadig.exe, from www.zadig.akeo.ie)
2. download and unzip www.SDRsharp.com/downloads/SDRinstall.zip (this contains the SDR# and ADS-B applications)
3. For ADS-B aircraft usage need the RTL-SDR driver (Zadig), the ADS-B decoder (ADS-B app) AND a display application (like Virtual Radar or ADSBScope) See the excellent guide: http://rtl-sdr.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/ADSBSharpQuickStart.pdf
4. For general purpose 30MHz to >1GHZ reception there is a good ref at: http://rtlsdr.org/softwarewindows.
a. Install the Zadig driver, if not installed.
b. Install the SDRSharp app

Helpful hints:
A.
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