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I bought this dongle only to use as cheap SDR receiver and it works brilliantly. In contrary to previous version (with E4000 tuner), the new one contains ESD protection diode, and also, the R820T chip provides better sensitivity.
The dongle uses XTAL oscillator (28.8 MHz) instead of external generator IC, so its frequency stability is poor. The signal frequency shown by SDR# is even 100 kHz lower or higher than the real frequency of the transmitter. But, after all, the device wasn't built for this purpose and it's order of magnitude cheaper than the cheapest dedicated SDRs.
It has MCX antenna connector, but one can easily desolder it and put eg. SMA pigtail instead.
I'm using SDR# (SDRSharp) as the receiving software and WinUSB driver installed with Zadig. Here's tutorial for installing and configuring all the stuff: http://rtlsdr.org/softwarewindows http://rtlsdr.org/softwarelinux
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