SDRs, Scanners, and other wallet friendly radio fun!

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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

Search MilAir in 2 seconds

The military airband covers 225-380 MHz. That is over 150 MHz of frequencies to search when looking for new channels.… Read the rest

How to access 500 free web SDRs!

Episode 2 of the 2020 SDR Guide explains how you can get started in the world of SDR at absolutely … Read the rest

RTL-SDR + YouLoop

For this experiment, I matched up the $25 RTL-SDR v3 dongle with my recently acquired AirSpy YouLoop antenna.

The YouLoop … Read the rest

Beginner SDR Guide

One afternoon it struck me. There are loads of SDR Guides on the web, but many have become out of … Read the rest

Will the AirSpy YouLoop work on VLF?

This was the question a viewer on the Frugal Radio channel asked me. I had never experimented with VLF before, … Read the rest

1 simplex hotspot, 2 DMR networks

When I first set up my Pi-Star DMR hotspot, I was happy using 1 network. I didn’t realise I could … Read the rest

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