OpenEar Updated to Version 1.6

The RTL-SDR compatible multi-mode digital decoder OpenEar has recently been updated to version 1.6. The latest version currently supports the decoding of FM/AM, TETRA, DMR, Pocsag and ADS-B. New features include a zoomable waterfall and other GUI and functionality improvements. The changelog reads:

version 1.6.0
- saving last settings
- waterfall
- zoom on spectrum and waterfall with mouse wheel
- better list placement (pocsag & ads-b)
- wav(I/Q) loading (only 1024000 Sample/sec)
- voice volume & mute button
- spectrum range and offset
- rtl gain and correction (ppm)
- top menu
- frequency list
- some DMR improvement on SYNC detection
- solved center frequency issue (DC problem)
- and other few UI improvements

OpenEar Version 1.6
OpenEar Version 1.6


  1. AubsUK

    I’ve got 1.7, but the left hand panel (with the mode/squelch/frequency list) isn’t showing, the View menu shows Top Panel/Fit Spectrum only.

    It looks like it is v1.5 (not v1.6 as the screenshot at the top of this page shows v1.6 had the frequency list). Even downloaded it again from a link someone posted in this thread. Any ideas? – And I’ve checked the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

    Looking at one of the file properties, it’s showing File version and Product version 1.6.0. Perhaps that’s it?

    • AubsUK

      I am so stupid. There’s a button ||| top left that expands the left hand pane !

      I guess the v1.6.0.0 / v1.6.0 in the file details is was just an oversight when compiling.

  2. NewRadioDude

    I’ve just installed openear 1.7 for windows 10 and everything seems to be working fine on the waterfall but i’m not hearing any audio. Ive already tried replacing rtlsdr.dll from my sdr# folder and that didn’t change anything. Any thoughts?

  3. Tom

    läuft der Hackrf auch ?
    bekomme laufend fehler meldung ” No RTL Device Found”
    hab mit Zadig die Drivrt indtalliert.

    Danke im vorraus für eure hilfe…

  4. John

    I tried to run this on a Win 7 and a Win 10 machine.I placed rtlsdr.dll in the folder.I keep getting the following error:
    “unable to run error 0xc0000007b”

    • Howard

      Just started using Open Ear yesterday. I’m really impressed with this excellent programme. I’m getting much better results with this than most of the other trunking apps…well done.

      Just a few suggestions: Could the frequency list box be made bigger or resizeable?
      The scrolling text in POCSAG is going in the wrong direction. The latest text should really be at the top of the list please.
      Is there a way to make the spectrum draggable up and down to change the Visible frequency range?

      Possible future requests:
      Will P25 decoding be available at some time?
      Will we be able to see Channel/Talkgroups text etc for DMR/Tetra like we see in POCSAG and ADSB?

      Excellent work guys…I love it!!

  5. dt

    Using version 1.6 and working very well… FM, ADSB, DMR, TETRA.

    A wish list for further features would be;

    squelch control
    moving the cursor in frequency steps, rather than random tuning
    ability to scan frequency list entries
    ability to make a frequency list within Excel. csv format?
    show colour code/talkgroup in DMR mode

    Keep up the good work and thanks for all the effort put into openear.

  6. Michiel

    In the current release you also need to provide your own rtlsdr.dll file, which can be obtained from your SDR# folder, or directly from the Osmocom windows release (rename librtlsdr.dll to rtlsdr.dll).
    73,19AC728 Michiel

    • moneriomaa

      currently only rtl-usb and .wav i/q are supported ,
      on next releases i try to add multi hardware support but not exact date is determined

      • Waqar Ul Haq

        Hi, i was trying to download openEar but found nothing over github. Will it be up again? And does it support hackrf?

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