Get an SDR
A good example for a cheap SDR receiver is an RTL-SDR TV USB dongle. RTL-SDR was designed as a TV tuner for PCs. It can be plugged into a USB port, and with it's software installed it can receive FM radio stations or TV programs.
But with a hacked driver, the same USB dongle can be used as an SDR. And it's cheap, about $10. This is the little beast:
and this is the tuner chip used by this USB SDR:
Get one, but don't waste your life watching stupid TV broadcasts with it!
HDSDR stands for High Definition Software Defined Radio, and it's a free software that can be used with many SDR tuners.
- download HDSDR and install it
- download and install Zadig drivers for RTL-SDR
- download ExtIO_RTL.dll and copy the ExtIO_RTL.dll file into the HDSDR folder (usually "C:\Program Files (x86)\HDSDR")
- start HDSDR and press F2 (Start)
Play with it, get used with an SDR
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