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.
Links for today’s Podcast:
(Some of these links are affiliate links and Scanner School will earn a small commission if you make a purchase using these links)
- Scanner School Podcast 101
- Scanner School Podcast 152
- Nooelec RTL-SDR
- RTL-SDR Blog v3 SDR
- HackRF Portapack – Possible Clones?
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
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