It looks like its been more than a few weeks since I actually posted something here. I’ve been busy with some personal suff.
In the meantime, I’ve been trying to keep busy by getting back into radio as a hobby, and the timing for that turned out to be pretty good. There are cheap ($20) dongles that plug into USB ports that were designed to receive digital TV in Asia. Pretty useless here in the US, until some really clever people found out that they could be turned into general purpose receivers with a frequency range of approxomately 52Mhz to 2Ghz.
The best piece of software for using it this way is a windows package called SDR# by Youssef Touil. www.sdrsharp.com
It’s completely free, pretty damn fast, and getting better with each revision. And did I mention that it’s free?
I’ve gotten to know Youssef pretty good from conversations on IRC, and he’s a pretty cool guy. So when I had a chance to contribute something to the project, the code was in pretty good hands, so there wasn’t much I could do there. He has the DSP math and other parts rock solid, and there are some pretty clever people jumping in to help him with other parts of the program. So what was missing was a Quick Start guide for setting up the software. Because of some technical issues with licensing, the install had to be split up into several parts to be installed seperately. Lurking in IRC (freenode #sdrsharp), it became pretty clear that new users kept asking the same questions.
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The result is two versions of the same guide. A pdf version, and a web version. Feel free to let me know of any errors or exclusions. I’ll keep the guide updated as necessary, but only when important changes are made to the program, or installation procedures change.
UPDATE: I’ve been asked by several people for translations of the pdf into other languages. If anyone is willing to contribute, I’d gladly post here with due attribution. I’ve been asked for French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Danish, and German. Of course, any language would be welcome.
Downloads Moved To The SDR Page
8/18/12 – Ver 1.2a Updated html and pdf with format and spelling corrections, and minor content changes. Cleaned up HTML. Note to self, NEVER let Office create a web page from a document! Ever!
Current SDR# version binaries as reported by the SDR# website: