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If you need troubleshooting support please first ensure that you have been through our Quickstart guide and the troubleshooting section on it, as well as our V3 users guide. Common questions like how to use the HF mode and how to activate the bias tee are explained on the V3 users guide. 

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278 comments

  1. Richard Davidson

    following the instructions on rtl-sdr.com gets me two unzipped files that norton swears there are two heurestic viruses. I cannot even run them again to get the spelling of the virus names.Windows 7

    Sooo, I tried it on my android phone. I get good reception. RTL-sdr runs, but gets very hot.

          • Paddy

            Odd someone edited my post and changed the HASH from
            56ba670278 14c3c523754aa 266b9d2752a 2dd8880c64 b3689aa5bb 11b820fcf2 ( sdrsharp-x86-v1764.zip ) to
            de6bbbe162 854272668b4c3 e31cefdc636 3cf7eef688 2cabe0c650 6e18630852 ( raxp_RTL-SDR Panoramic Spectrum Analyzer.7z )

              • Paddy

                I used to believe in using URL shorteners, but since I found out that they are used to collect metadata to sell, I mostly use full URL’s so that at least people who care (which is a very small number) know what site they are clicking on with a link. Next time I’ll use a “a href” html tag to reduce the amount of text, which I should have used.

  2. Lawrence Gordon

    Good Evening,
    I just purchased 2 of your (yes yours) units via AMAZON, and would like to know what the current consumption is.
    Thanks,
    LG

  3. Shane

    Hi, I have just sent you an email re: DSD interface with SDR# as its not working. Followed your videos exactly. The email has a picture attached.

    Thanx

    Shane

  4. landry

    Hello,

    I would like to know how to make kukuruku work with the current Linux system version 20.04 of lunbutu, unbuntu … if you have a solution on the installation and the configuration I am taker thank you for your help

  5. larry cagle

    I have five of your wonderful little RTL-SDR dongle radios which we use for Amateur Radio Meteor Scatter Research. I would buy more of them if I could find a way to use it as a frequency selective signal strength indicator. I need the data that produces the signal strength in db from the s-meter function. I am using HDSDR for the 5 i have now but i would use any software i could get to stream the signal strength data and time stamp into a file or out a port of some kind so it could be recovered. I am typically running in USB or CW mode with 2.7 khz or 200 hz filter so all the info i need from the stream is just the continuous output of the signal strength, preferably in db.

    Thanks for a great little product that has never let us down.

    Larry, K4WLO

    Linux or Windows acceptable

  6. Anonymous

    Geez, the body font on your site is nearly UNREADABLE. Just remove the font-weight: 300 from the CSS, and all will be well . . .

    • admin

      Hello, thanks for the order. Current pandemic processing time is about 2-4 working days. But your country is currently very difficult to ship to due to the pandemic, so we are searching for a shipping method that still works. If none exists, we’ll issue a refund.

      • ply4me

        thanks sir for your reply actually i just order some stuff from aliexpress and they all get shipped ,
        Regarding your order number: ******002386 , we have shipped your item(s) via Cainiao Super Economy for Special Goods and the tracking number is LP001734738 ,
        try this service sir or any you find work .
        Thank you

  7. Morrison Robert A

    Amazon does not have your RTL-SDR (RTL2832U) dongles. They seem to feature only NooELEC components. Did I miss something? Thanks. Rob

    • admin

      Due to COVID-19 our shipment of new stock is significantly delayed. We are currently waiting for US customs to clear the goods (they are delayed too), then once it arrives at the warehouse we will begin selling on Amazon again.

  8. Conundrum

    Hi, also noticed the 1.4 GHz problem when hot. I’ve blobbed both chips with low temperature solder, but not sure what else to try.
    Is there a way to make a fan which doesn’t interfere with the radio? My cunning idea is to sync the clock with fan rotation so that the interference can be “tuned” so as not to appear in the band of interest.

    • admin

      The V3 shouldn’t have a problem at 1.4GHz, unless it’s really really hot in your environment. If you’re talking about a generic model, best to sink it to a piece of metal using a thermal pad. But a small PC or desk fan really shouldn’t cause noticeable interference.

  9. Michael Blaine

    Can I run two rtl-sdr dongles on one computer simultaneously each using different software? (Window 7 system)

    • Angus

      yes you can as long as each dongle has a different serial number. Serial numbers can be changed via rtl_eeprom. I am running 3 dongles on a win 7 machine without issue. good luck.

  10. Steve Hubbs

    Please help. Cannot receive HF. Using HDRSharp with a 50ft long wire. Connected to a 9 to 1 balun. Can tune across the band, but not receiving any short wave of WWV signals at all, just background static. When I go to the FM band, the sensitivity is very low, only very strong signals come through.
    Thanks for any help that can be given. I am new to SDR, more familiar with the old “boat anchor” type communications receivers.
    Again, thanks
    Steve

    • admin

      What SDR do you have? Did you enable direct sampling mode for HF reception? And for FM, have you been adjusting the RF gain? By default the RF gain is set to zero.

      • Steve Hubbs

        rtl-sdr v3 using gqrx, current version, on rpi3 using raspian. Able to tune HF frequencies with no problem, but cannot receive stations. Funny thing is, at first I was able to get a few stations out of the tropics, but no longer able to. It was at this point, I noticed only the strong FM stations came in. I don’t know what I could have done wrong. I thought it would be a case of installing software, doing updates, plug in, and go. Like I said, I’m old school, very old. First SW radio was a transoceanic portable then a Collins 5iJ. Very old school. Any help in getting this to work would be very much appreciated.
        Steve

          • Steve Hubbs

            Did the direct sample instructions, which enabled me to tune HF. Did make use of the RF slider to see if that helped. Didn’t really help. Not even able to receive any Ham operators, very odd. Did notice that the unit was running very hot as opposed to running warm. Ordered another unit, should be here tomorrow. Any thoughts on what I may have done wrong? Oh, and the voltage going to the dongle varies between 4.72 volts and 4.86 volts.
            Thanks
            Steve

  11. Celia Hahn

    Has any NOAA satellite ‘listening’ software been ‘upgraded’ to be accepted by a machine running the latest Apple OS “Catalina – V10.15. It needs to be 64 bit compatible. I am using CubicSDR at the moment to to listen to terrestrial FM.
    Is there any APT software that will work on this type of MAC set-up?
    Thanks in advance for your attention and cooperation.
    I have already ordered your book.

  12. Virender

    Hi admin,

    Sdr-console added bias-t option for RTL-sdr v3 dongle in there new updates. It’s good features now I can enable/disable bias-t while using dongle.

  13. Skains

    I hope you get your product instead. I’ve owned a lot of radios and paid a lot more for them, and this has been the most fun by far. Sucks you had some trouble but I bet you will love it when you get it.

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