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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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