Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:39 am
A few years ago I decided to look into SDR after years of thinking about it. I lived in an apartment that was a black hole where all RF goes to die. I kept running into SDR transceivers at the $1000 + dollar prices. I ran across SDRplay and I couldn't get over the price. I checked SDRplay out everywhere I could including YouTube. I decided I would purchase the RSP 1a when I moved to a place where I could use an antenna. I received my unit and took a while to buy an antenna instead of building one. I purchased the MFJ 1886 loop variant with LNA at the antenna. I'm sitting at my computer listening to Radio New Zealand on 9.700KHz which just switched down from 13.840 KHz. On the check, I found 60dBm with S/N around 30dB; I'm getting 9+20 moving up and down a bit. I live in Kansas in the USA in a suburb of Kansas City. I recently purchased the RSP 2 for the features above the RSP 1a. I can't believe just exactly what these devices have done! Radio Havana comes in solid along with what seems to be all of South America. I moved the antenna edge to 50 degrees East of Magnetic North which pulled up RNZ Intl better for me. I lost CHU for the most part, but WWVH came in a week or so ago at 20/9 when I normally hear WWV in Colorado on 10MHz. I did hear WWV way off in the background, but Hawaii was kicking butt. I do hear Italian languages along with a bunch of oriental languages. I haven't managed to hear Great Briton, but I have heard Slovic and languages associated with Russian. I'm very, very happy I can hear the world without being limited by television, or by using the Internet. My RF Gain is midpoint and I note I lose distant SW if I turn off the LNA on the antenna. I first updated to SDRuno to V1.3 using the RSP 1a, I got the RSP 2 after the update and went to V1.31 on RSP 2. The additional tweaks for the 2 have been evident and I really like it. I turn off the LNA and shut down most of the RF Gain to listen to Broadcast FM in stereo and it is great. This small box of hardware is really something. I have power lines nearly at the back yard fence and a transformer plus nearly 5 PCs in the house, when I finish #5. I'm in the finished basement with 3 grands upstairs with my daughter and son in law as well. Three teenagers in one home is far more bothersome than any noise I can pick up and get rid of for the most part. Many thanks to SDRplay and SDRuno for getting me back on the air listening in.