2021 SDR Holiday Buyer’s Guide

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It is time for our annual radio buyer’s guide.

In the past few years, I have offered a list of scanners that I would recommend.

However, since there haven’t been any new releases in the scanner radio world in the last few years, I do not want to repeat the same information that I gave you last year.

Instead, I’m going to give you my recommendation for Software Defined Radios.

This list will include what to stay away from, and what radios I recommend from beginners to advanced SDR users.


Why cover Software Defined Radios?  Because I believe that the future of scanner radios will somehow be part of the software-defined radio hobby.




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What You Need To Know

  • Avoid blister pack SDR that normally include an antenna and remote control.
  • These radios can be identified by their rounded edges
  • You want a SDR that includes a TCXO
  • A TXCO will help stabilize your SDR
  • Airspy Devices are a great upgrade to entry level SDRs
  • SDRPlay makes excellent high end Software Defined Radios
  • We have a great list of SDR accessories in today’s podcast

Are you looking for your first scanner radio?

Download our new e-guide, “5 Thinks You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Scanner”.   This free PDF is about 30 pages long and has 5 things you should look for, plus a few extra bonus items to make sure you make an educated purchase.

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