David Bailey

Introduction to Software Defined Radio


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Below is a list of the most popular radio families. You can buy all of these radios online. If you are new, buy a basic RTL-SDR for $20 from somewhere like Amazon. For a complete list of radios, check out the List of Software-Defined Radios on Wikipedia.

Radio Family Cost RX/TX Manufacturer's Link
RTL-SDR $$ RX Multiple manufacturers with slightly differnet features.
HackRF $$$ RX/TX https://greatscottgadgets.com/hackrf/
Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) $$$$ RX/TX https://www.ettus.com
Antennas

You will also need an antenna which may or may not come included with your radio. You can also build your own antennas. Antennas are optmized for different frequencies.

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