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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

Frugal L band antenna review

For a long time I have been interested in finding out more about CPDLC. The Controller Pilot Data Link Communications … Read the rest

Alinco MD5 DMR vs Uniden BCD325P2

Wow – who knew the Alinco MD5 was such a good receiver? Turns out that it is really sensitive – … Read the rest

Find Alinco DJ-MD5 DMR hidden ZONE display setting

This was a source of frustration for me. My Alinco DJ-MD5 dual bander would alternate between displaying the Zone and … Read the rest

AirSpy YouLoop Review

I was very excited when I heard that AirSpy were producing a YouLoop antenna design that would cost only $35. … Read the rest

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