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Listening to Long Range HF aviation Communications

The HF bands are alive and well with aviation related communications. Within the last week, from my location in Edmonton, … Read the rest

Decoding VHF ACARS messages with SDR

ACARS are messages transmitted via VHF from aircraft to ground stations, and back again. These messages contain many kinds of … Read the rest

Monitoring General Aviation Comms

The new video is now live. It gives some detail about monitoring General Aviation, that is non-military and non-airline traffic.… Read the rest

RTL-SDR L-Band Patch Antenna Giveaway

This is a free to enter Giveaway. No purchase is required to participate.

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En route Air Traffic Control inc transmitter sites!

Are you interested in monitoring en route Air Traffic Control communications?
If so, you’ve found the right episode!

In this … Read the rest

VHF @ Airports – Aviation Comms you can Monitor

Are you aware of the different Controllers that handle the air traffic at your nearest airport? If it is a … Read the rest

Monitoring Aviation Communications – Intro

I first discovered an aircraft transmission by accident when I was just 11 years old. An airliner was flying nearby … Read the rest

2020 SDR Guide Ep 9 – decoding P25 LSM

This video is a demo of using DSDPlus Fastlane (the paid edition) to monitor a very large P25 LSM (Simulcast) … Read the rest

2020 SDR Guide Episode 8 – FM Broadcast Filter

In this video, I demonstrated the effectiveness of the $16 Nooelec Flamingo FM Band Stop Filter. The purpose of … Read the rest

Simple DMR – quick plugin for SDR#

If you want to get decoding DMR quickly, Vasili (author of a large number of plugins for SDR Sharp) has … Read the rest

Episode 7 – Monitoring DMR & NXDN with 1 SDR

OK, crazy as it sounds, it is very possible to monitor the digital DMR & NXDN networks with very little … Read the rest

AirSpy Black Friday 2020 sale!

Last year AirSpy held an incredible Black Friday sale whereby their Software Defined Radios were offered with 30% off. I … Read the rest

1 antenna to 15 radios with no loss

One thing I am frequently asked about is how many antennas I have, and how I distribute the signal to … Read the rest

UniTrunker & SDRTrunk demonstrated

The UniTrunker part of this video was made using 2 x RTL-SDR v3 Software Defined Radios ( / ). These … Read the rest

A software primer for SDR

Episode 5 of the 2020 SDR Guide is a primer on software that is available for running your SDR.

Every … Read the rest

How to calculate & set the PPM of your Generic Dongle

If you have made the purchase of a generic dongle, you will notice that it is not frequency accurate out-of-the-box.… Read the rest

Broadsword Slim Jim Review

Following my review of the Broadsword D1000 portable antenna, I tested out a VHF Slim Jim. I discovered that on … Read the rest

Great Frugal Airband Antenna Review

Over the years I have used many antennas on my scanners. When monitoring public safety systems I tend to switch … Read the rest

Antenna basics for your SDR

If you are new to the world of radio, you may not yet have acquired much information about antennas.

There … Read the rest

Get started in SDR for $15, $25, or $30

If you are getting started in the world of SDR, there are some fantastically inexpensive Software Defined Radios out there. … Read the rest

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