The real problem with this thing

Gary Lawrence Murphy garym at
Wed Aug 15 02:20:23 UTC 2012

heh ... well it may be a waste, but it was an honest waste: it was the
cheapest PC-USB FM radio offered on an ebay auction ($14 shipping included)
and I'd already tried several USB-cable FM radios that turned out to be
completely useless for various reasons, and even wal-mart can't sell a
decent FM radio these days for even twice that price, so it seemed like a
reasonable gamble, and as it is, I've now (a) discovered the whole SDR
phenomenon and (b) learned that I might someday get FM, CB, police and
weather all from this one device that as it turns out, I didn't really need
because pulseaudio can do what I originally needed.

so I'm not complaining, I'm just looking in on wide-eyed naivity bewildered
by the great vistas that now open before me :)

and now you'll have to excuse me, I'm off to google HDSDR :)

On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 9:13 PM, Adam Nielsen <a.nielsen at> wrote:

>  From what I understand, the digital TV standard here in Canada is
>> different
>> from DVB-T (I am a complete neophyte at all of this) and so that
>> particular
>> feature of the device won't be of much use to me, but as for the FM, I'm
>> on
>> the Ubuntu/Linux GNU platform, so I'm awaiting on the kindness of
>> strangers to
>> perfect the kernel drivers enough to match the Windows kit performance.
>> But
>> that's okay, because I'm learning a lot in the process :)
> The DVB-T option isn't much use to anyone, because we all bought the
> device for SDR purposes :-)  No disrespect, but wanting to use the device
> just for FM radio is a bit of a waste - you have the Swiss Army Knife of
> radio receivers, but you only want to use the corkscrew?
> Just for the record, there are no kernel drivers for the SDR side of
> things, it's all done in userspace.  This userspace code, developed by
> people on this list, is designed to operate under Linux and it then gets
> ported to Windows. So luckily for you, running Linux means you'll always
> have easy access to the latest userspace driver code, before it gets to
> Windows.
> Unfortunately so much SDR software is Windows only, especially the
> packages aimed at beginners like myself, who don't know enough about RF yet
> to get any GNURadio flow graphs working.
> Personally the best I have done so far is to run HDSDR under Wine, and use
> the Linux BorIP server to pass data (via loopback TCP) between Wine and the
> RTL device.  This allows HDSDR to run pretty much the same as it does under
> Windows.
> But of course HDSDR can't quite do FM radio (since it only goes up to
> 96kHz), but it does work really well for receiving other NBFM and AM
> broadcasts (police, aircraft, etc.)
> Cheers,
> Adam.

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