More videos showing HF reception on the RTL-SDR V3 Dongle

In this video icholakov from our last post continues his testing, and does some more tests on daytime HF reception.

RTL SDR V3 Dongle vs. SDR Play HF and MW part 2

In his third video he tests night time reception against the SDRplay.

RTL SDR Dongle V3 nighttime vs SDRPlay Part 3

In this video YouTube user Michael Jackson tests his RTL-SDR V3 at 8 MHz, with a dipole antenna.

RTL-SDR v3 Dongle on HF

Finally, in this video YouTube user jonny290 tests the V3 dongle on HF reception using CubicSDR.


  1. Carl

    Maybe I’m making some kind of newbie mistake, but I’m not sure if this feature works on my V3. I have no problem selecting Q branch in SDR#, but the waterfall is fairly empty, and appears the same whether I have an antenna connected or not. Works just fine with Quadrature sampling.

  2. Max

    I get nervous when i see these videos; i can never understand when the test of one device start and when the other start. Unless i watch the 20 minutes complete videos from the beginning to the end. And even so i may miss it because in that moment i was looking somewhere else.

  3. Robert

    I wish you guys would stop teasing people about what the V3 model can do .You guys are driving me NUTS . I order my V3 model on the 18th of this month . From what I see it is still siting in the post office in SHENZHEN EMS, CHINA . From what I can tell is all their doing is just fiddle farting around .

    • admin

      Believe me, I *wish* international airmail was faster 🙂 Unfortunately in this world we only have either cheap intl. airmail, or very expensive private express couriers like DHL. Your order came in on the 18th @ 9pm China time, so it was packed on the next day on the 19th, then given to the post later that day. Then the weekend came, and then EMS started moving it again on Monday 22nd. Looks like it got on the plane on the 23rd.

      EMS is the priority airmail service supported by only some countries, so hopefully it won’t take too long to get off the plane and to your door!

  4. Bin Kenney

    Okay so I have a long wired (18 gauge) soldered onto one end of a cut F-type cable, used a F- to SMA adapter to connect to V.2 dongle, and using SDR# version 1361, and I get nothing except for low and high white noise that are about 1-2 MHz wide. What am I doing wrong? Testing right now in night time. How come people have successful result with the Oliver driver? Would it be better just to get the upconverter or get the V.3 dongle? Carl, I appreciate your help. If others could please pitch in, it’d be great!

    • admin

      The no-mod Oliver HF drivers that you’re using on the V2 aren’t going to be very good in general as the sensitivity is super low, especially if you have weak reception. Some have had more luck with those no-mod drivers by boosting the signal with an HF LNA. Your handheld shortwave radio that you mentioned in the other comment probably has a special loop ferrite antenna inside the receiver as well, which optimizes your reception and makes it better than the longwire.

      Since you already have a V2, i’d strongly recommend getting the SpyVerter upconverter if you don’t need another dongle. An upconverter like the Spyverter will work better that the direct sampling implementation used in the V3.

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