Why not combine your passion for software-defined radio with the Raspberry Pi for your next project? The Elektor Raspberry Pi RTL-SDR kit is the perfect starting point for SDR and ham automation.
Inside the set
Are you curious about the hardware and the book that comes with the Elektor Raspberry Pi RTL-SDR? Fortunately, the author of Elektor Tam Hanna covers everything you need to know about the hardware in a recent review. See those of Koen Vervloesem Book review for details on Dogan Ibrahim’s book, Raspberry Pi for radio amateurs. A licensed radio amateur and Raspberry Pi enthusiast, Ibrahim is the perfect author to introduce the Raspberry Pi to radio amateurs.
The contents of the kit have not changed. The current book offers a pleasant introduction to the world of Raspberry Pi and SDR. The Realtek chip, RTL2832, was used in USB DVB-T receivers. By reverse engineering, it has been found that the raw data of the receiver can be read and thus you can realize very cheap receivers for the frequency range from 42 to 1002 MHz. However, the frequency stability of the DVB-T rods leaves much to be desired, so a temperature-compensated oscillator is used with the RTL-SDR stick. With this you can also first try listening to the QO-100 (Es’hail-2) if you have a suitable satellite dish and LNB. Also the transformation into a WebSDR is possible with the kit and Raspberry Pi. And last but not least, there is Welle.IO software that converts a Raspberry Pi or PC and RTL-SDR stick into a DAB / DAB + receiver.
Unpacking the Elektor Raspberry Pi RTL-SDR kit