Airspy New Year Competition: Comment to win Airspy and SpyVerter Prizes!

The team behind the Airspy have given us permission to give away three Airspy related prizes for the New Year Holidays! The first prize is an Airspy R2 + Spyverter, the second prize is an Airspy Mini + Spyverter and the third prize is a Spyverter.

The Airspy is a high performance yet low cost software defined radio with a 12-bit ADC and tuning range between 24 – 1800 MHz. It is an attractive device as its dynamic range exceeds all other SDRs in a similar price range. Its performance begins to approach that of the very high end expensive SDRs. High dynamic range means that weak and strong signals can coexist in the received spectrum without any overload occurring. We have previously written reviews of the Airspy R2 and Airspy Mini on our blog.

The Spyverter is a high performance upconverter that allows the Airspy to tune to LF/MW/HF frequencies between DC – 30 MHz. The Spyverter perfectly compliments an Airspy device as it is also a very high dynamic range device. It also works perfectly with the bias tee on our RTL-SDR.com V1/V2/V3 dongles. We previously reviewed the Spyverter here.

More information about these products can be found at airspy.com.

How to Enter

Competition is now finished. Winners will be announced and emailed shortly. Thanks to all who entered!

Winners: 

Larry (Airspy R2 + SV)
If I am going to win something from this one stuff, me build internet remote receiver on hill in central Europe (CZ) for all readers and fans of rtl-sdr.com website, generally for all RTL SDR enthusiasts….. :-)))
Pour Felicitér 2017
Larry (Ladislav)

kevin (Airspy Mini + SV)
been a ham a couple years now. their are so many uses for sdr’s ! it’s so cool. just looking down the list of others comments, i was like ‘oh ya’ forgot about that idea. awhile back we did a demo at our ham club with a el cheapo sdr and it sparked some interest , would like to play around with some of the newest toys, worlds of diff in capabilities. ultimate goal is to find the right one for the clubs emergency trailer. seeing the bands and whats going on, is priceless 🙂

Josh (SpyVerter)
I’d love to finally get into the HF band!

The winners were randomly selected using random.org, and all have now been emailed. If you’re a winner, please check your email and spam folder just in case.

Thank you all for participating! It’s really great to see all the variety in what projects people are doing. There were about 500 valid entries resulting in about a 0.6% chance of winning. Keep an eye out for future contests!

Simply make a comment on this post explaining what you’d do like to do with an Airspy or Spyverter if you won one.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENT FORM.
The address will only be visible to us, and we promise not to use it for any other purpose.

Rules: The winners will be selected at random. One entry per person only. You must legally be allowed to receive the prize.

Draw closes in one week on 3 January 2017, 11:59PM UTC Time.

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508 comments

  1. Mark

    Coupled with other gear, I am mainly interested in receiving future near Earth manned mission signals but also, being an old SW listener, I could experiment with the lower frequencies too.

  2. Henk Booms

    Living next to the Rotterdam-The Hague airport in the Netherlands i’m interested to listend to the air traffic radio’s.

  3. Mel

    I’ve been using SDRs since 3 years, already spread the hype to 3 friends and I’d love to pursue my quest into digital encodings and space communication ! Happy new year to the community !

  4. Ashok Shankar Das

    Hi, I love to monitor different bands. I owned an RTL-SDR earlier which is burnt by Lightning bolt. My interests are receiving Weather satellites and HAM communications. As my QTH is in coastal Cyclone prone area I generally monitor Weather satellites.
    If I win then it will help me and my community to get updated weather forecasts.

  5. Jake Miller

    I have only a rudimentary knowledge of SDR (currently using an RTL-SDR RTL2832U dongle) so I would use the better hardware to increase my knowledge and listen to more frequencies — especially exciting would be listening to HF using the spyverter as I have not yet had the pleasure of having my own device capable of doing so.

    On my short list of things to accomplish: NOAA satellite image reception, ADS-B, trying to locate and listen to number stations. I love the idea of learning about and reversing the protocols used in radio and I look forward to writing demodulators for some of my favorite programs (Gqrx <3)

  6. Jacob Nuesslein

    This radio receiver/converter looks so awesome! I would love to start exploring the radio spectrum of the world!!

  7. Addison Guynn

    I would want to try and receive GOES transmissions. A receiver better than an RTL-SDR dongle would make it much easier.

  8. Jake B

    I would use an Airspy for satellite work. The RTLs don’t work so well in the L-band. The up converter would be fun to use in the HF bands too!

  9. Steveo250k

    I just finished reading The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver. In this novel the killer uses wireless controls in everyday appliances and machines (such as cars, microwaves, and even escalators at the mall) to kill. It got me thinking about all the ubiquitous wireless embedded things in our homes and offices. I would use the Airspy (and an up converter) to build a sniffer to catalog all the signals in a home. I will need a database of appliances to go with it.

  10. paul

    I would like to have an airspy because I have heard so much about it and after being a slow learner in setting up an rtl-sdr I would enjoy plug and play! Thanks Paul

  11. Viacheslav Tarmanov

    My dream is to have such a wonderful receiver will be very happy to receive it as a gift, to study the wonderful world of radio waves, thank you!

  12. John Leonardelli

    Hello
    I am teaching a ham radio class and we have had over 50 students get their license. The youngest was 13 snd the oldest being over 60. We are holding our classes at the David Dunlap Observatory that houses an huge telescope and also has Ylab that has 3d printers and a laser cutter. We are working hard to build a radio station and need to develop some receivers for space reception on VLF and for the 22 Mhz band so that we can conduct radio astronomy experiments. At the same time there is common interest from the millenials on using SDR receivers and laptops or tablets for the software. Because of the wide soectrum we are curious on spectrum surveillance of garage door openers, wifi and radio control. The Air Spy seems ideal for this task and we will be happy to discuss and review on my blog and other social media channels. Now that we have interest from Boy Scouts and Ventures we can hope to increase the community but more importantly offer new insights into radio reception with new affordable technology. Listening to navigational beacons, medium wave stations, the numbers stations on shortwave and going higher into public safety channels and radio control modes is bringing excitement to radio once again. I hope we can be an avid Airspy user and help showcase this excellent receiver across the astronomy, hacker space, ham radio and curious citizen community.

  13. Paul

    As a kid I became interested in radio because of a new type of radio that my neighbor/mentor showed me. I would like to use the airspy to teach kids about radio communications, maybe receive space station packet signals and decode them in order to get the kids interested in what can be done with radio.

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