Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month
Good sensitivity. I’m able to pick up aviation band voice transmissions and decode ACARS at up to 350 km distance. Economical.
Case is cheap. It came open spontaneously, althogh easy to clip back together. The one I received had a Fitipower FC0013 tuner. This works very well from about 50 MHz to 950 MHz, but does not have the range of the E4000 tuner. I’m not able to receive ADS-B transmissions on 1090 MHz, so I’ve purchased another dongle with the R820T for that purpose. It has a PAL connector, so you’ll need an adapter to use F-type or other typical connectors used in North America.
I’ve used this device with SDR#, GnuRadio, and Planeplotter (ACARS).
In general a good device to use as an introduction to Software Defined Radio, just be aware it may not be able to pick up anything above 950 MHz or so.
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