RTL-Software Defined Radio with Dipole Antenna Kit
The kit includes
- RTL-SDR Blog brand R820T2 RTL2832U 1PPM TCXO SMA V3 Dongle
- Dipole Antenna Base with 60 cm RG174 extension cable
- 2 x 23 cm to 1 m telescopic antenna
- 2 x 5 cm to 13 cm telescopic antenna
- 3 meter RG174 extension cable
- Flexible Tripod Mount
- Suction Cup Mount
RTL-SDR is an affordable dongle that can be used as a computer based radio scanner for receiving live radio signals in your area. This particular dongle includes a R820T2 tuner, a 1 PPM temperature compensated oscillator (TCXO), SMA F connector. It features an aluminium case with passive cooling via a thermal pad. Moreover, there is a software switchable bias tee circuit, supplementary ESD protection, lower overall noise and built-in direct sampling for HF reception.
This device can receive frequencies from 500 kHz to 1.7 GHz and has up to 3.2 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth (2.4 MHz stable).
Note: RTL-SDR dongles are RX only.
You can use this kit either for terrestrial or satellite reception just by changing the orientation of the antenna. Thanks to the included mounts and extension cables it is possible to temporarily place the antenna outside for a better reception.
Other potential applications are general radio scanning, air traffic control, public safety radio, ADSB, ACARS, trunked radio, P25 digital voice, POCSAG, weather balloons, APRS, NOAA APT weather satellites, radio astronomy, meteor scatter monitoring etc.