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  • Good starter unit for SDR.

    posted by ackthhpt on 06/18/2013
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    Works with RTL-SDR software once you figure out how to set it up.

    Cons:

    Antenna is worthless. Antenna connector is below-par. I removed the connector and soldered a coax directly to the board and got much better reception. Sensitivity is a bit low and there's no input protection on the antenna input. Adding a pre-amp and protection diodes are on mu list of things to do.

    OtherThoughts:

    What's the remote control for? I couldn't get the receiver to recognize it even with the included TV software. There's an I/R sensor inside the dongle but no way for it to 'see' outside the case.

    Bottomline:

    It works and is good enough to play with SDR.

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