Tagged: dx

Shiva DX Cluster For SWL/BCL with SDR-Console V3

Thank you to Walter Panella (IU2MEH) for submitting information about his Shiva DX Cluster software which is designed to be used with SDR-Console V3. A DX Cluster is a type of distributed network of software that is used to to advertise that long-distance amateur radio DX stations are transmitting. Walter writes:

Shiva DX Cluster connects to a ham radio dx cluster and repeat the dx spot to shiva clients while adding spots based on list files.

It doesn't send to ham radio dx cluster any spot nor it can receive any spot.

It is intended to use with SDR Console for SWL/BCL ( see screenshots folder ) so they are able to see broadcasting stations, for example, based on scheduling day and time.

Ham radio dx cluster spots are repeated to shiva clients immediately, broadcasting stations and other lists are sent to shiva clients every 10 minutes (default,configurable).

The software is available on Walter's GitHub.

Shiva DX Cluster running on SDR-Console V3
Shiva DX Cluster running on SDR-Console V3

A tutorial on using RDS Spy with the SDR# MPX Output Plugin

Over on YouTube user pe1etr has uploaded a tutorial video showing how to set up RDS Spy and SDR# for monitoring RDS. RDS stands for Radio Data System and is a sub carrier added to some FM broadcast signals which carries information such as the station name, the song/programme playing and other data. Although SDR# decodes RDS stations already, a more powerful RDS decoder and monitoring tool is RDS Spy. To get RDS Spy to work with SDR# you need to use a special plugin called MPX Output, which allows SDR# to output audio that includes the RDS subcarrier, which can then be piped via a virtual audio cable to RDS Spy.

Pe1etr’s video shows how to install the MPX Output plugin, how to set it up with virtual audio cable and how to use it with RDS Spy.

Tutorial: Using RDS Spy with the SDR# mpx output plug-in

Comparison Between Portable Shortwave Radios and the RTL-SDR

YouTube user mutezone has uploaded a video showing a comparison between several portable shortwave radios and the RTL-SDR. His results show that the portable radios performed better than the RTL-SDR dongle at shortwave-dxing, however we are unsure of what method he used (direct sampling or upconverter) to get access to the shortwave bands on the RTL-SDR.

Shortwave Performance test: Portable Radios vs RTL-SDR