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Top 10 Sdr Dongle For Ham Radio of 2020 – Consumer Guide & Reviews

Rank No. #1
RTL-SDR Blog R820T2 RTL2832U 1PPM TCXO SMA Software Defined Radio (Dongle Only)
  • Includes 1x RTL-SDR Blog brand R820T2 RTL2832U 1PPM TCXO HF Bias Tee SMA Dongle (V3) (Dongle Only)
  • Great for many applications including general radio, air traffic control, public safety radio, ADSB, ACARS, trunked radio, P25 digital voice, POCSAG, weather balloons, APRS, NOAA APT weather satellites, radio astronomy, meteor scatter monitoring, DAB, classroom learning, or for use as a low cost panadapter with a traditional ham radio.
  • Several improvements over other brands including use of the R820T2 tuner, improved component tolerances, a 1 PPM temperature compensated oscillator (TCXO), SMA F connector, aluminium shielded case with thermal pad for passive cooling, activatable bias tee circuit and a much improved antenna set.
  • Can tune from 500 kHz to 1.7 GHz and has up to 3.2 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth (2.4 MHz stable). (HF reception below 24 MHz in direct sampling mode with reduced performance). Please note RTL-SDR dongles are RX only.
Rank No. #2
NooElec NESDR Smart XTR HF Bundle: 300Hz-2.3GHz Software Defined Radio Set for LF/HF/UHF/VHF. Includes NESDR Smart XTR RTL-SDR, Ham It Up Plus Upconverter, 3 Antennas, Balun, Adapters
  • A full, wide-band RF solution for those interested in getting started with software defined radio and with a keen interest in HF bands. Frequency range is 300Hz-2.3GHz (with a frequency gap near 1.1GHz)
  • The NESDR SMArt XTR HF Bundle utilizes a well-designed upconverter--the Ham It Up Plus--to receive HF, instead of utilizing a direct sampling hack as with most other low cost HF SDRs. This results in a vastly different HF experience--much better performance, and no loss of gain controls
  • Included is a Ham It Up Plus upconverter, installed in a custom silver aluminum enclosure with fully build noise source circuit; an NESDR SMArt XTR RTL-SDR, 3 antennas, an impedance matching balun for longwire and dipole antennas, and interconnect adapters and cables
  • Amazon-exclusive bundle! Only available for a limited time. Due to the frequency gap this is NOT recommended for ADS-B. Instead try our NESDR SMArt HF Bundle (Amazon product code B0747PX3NZ)
Rank No. #3
Zer one RTL SDR Receiver Full Band, 100KHz-1.7GHz Full-Band UV HF RTL-SDR USB Tuner Receiver Ham Radio Receiver
  • [100KHz-1.7GHz]:User can use the SDR software to receive 100KHz-1.7GHz electromagnetic wave.
  • [Demodulation]:Support AM, FM(NFM, WFM), CW, DSB, LSB, USB demodulation.
  • [Support channel]:Listen to HF SSB communication, FM radio, walkie-talkie call, aviation band, etc.
  • [Full band receiver]:This item is 100KHz-1.7GHz full band UV HF RTL-SDR USB Tuner Receiver
  • [Contact us]:If you have any idea, please feel free to contact us.
Rank No. #4
NooElec SMA Adapter Connectivity Kit: 8 Adapters for NESDR (RTL-SDR) SMA Radios w/Case
  • A great addition to any radio or software defined radio with female SMA input, including our NESDR SMArt series and HackRF
  • 8 male SMA adapters in total, allowing you to connect the following antenna types to your radio: N-connector, F-connector (aka 'Coax'), SO-239 (aka 'UHF' or 'PL-259'), BNC, MCX, PAL, RP-SMA, and SMA (female). Full list in description below
  • A convenient carrying case is included. Great for field use! Ample room to house your NESDR SMArt or NESDR Nano SDR
  • 50 Ohm, low-loss adapters--lower loss than any RF cable adapters
  • NOTE: RP-SMA looks similar, but is not the same! These will not work for RP-SMA. RP-SMA is generally only used for things like WiFi equipment, not radios, but if you are unsure please contact our support team for assistance
Rank No. #5
The Hobbyist's Guide to the RTL-SDR: Really Cheap Software Defined Radio
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Laufer, Carl (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 282 Pages - 05/14/2014 (Publication Date) - RTL-SDR.com (Publisher)
Rank No. #6
Mix-er & Mingle
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles (Actor)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
Rank No. #7
Software Defined Radio: for Amateur Radio Operators and Shortwave Listeners
  • Barron, Andrew (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 305 Pages - 11/28/2016 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
Rank No. #8
Explore Software Defined Radio: Use SDR to Receive Satellite Images and Space Signals
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Donat, Wolfram (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 79 Pages - 01/22/2021 (Publication Date) - Pragmatic Bookshelf (Publisher)
Rank No. #9
Nooelec NESDR Smart HF Bundle: 100kHz-1.7GHz Software Defined Radio Set for HF/UHF/VHF Including RTL-SDR, Assembled Ham It Up Upconverter, Balun, Adapters
  • A full, wide-band RF solution for those interested in getting started with software defined radio and with a keen interest in HF bands
  • The NESDR SMArt HF Bundle utilizes a well-designed upconverter--the Ham It Up--to receive HF, NOT direct sampling hacks. This results in a vastly different HF experience--much better performance, and no loss of gain controls
  • Included is a Ham It Up v1.3 upconverter, installed in a custom black aluminum enclosure; an NESDR SMArt RTL-SDR, 3 antennas, an impedance matching balun for longwire and dipole antennas, and interconnect adapters
  • Proudly manufactured by Nooelec in the USA and Canada, with a full 2 year product warranty on all bundle components and 24/7 technical support availability. Please contact our support team any time if you have questions!
  • Amazon-exclusive bundle! Only available for a limited time. NOTE: enclosure colors may vary contingent on availability
Rank No. #10
Nooelec NESDR Smart v4 Bundle - Premium RTL-SDR w/Aluminum Enclosure, 0.5PPM TCXO, SMA Input & 3 Antennas. RTL2832U & R820T2-Based Software Defined Radio.
  • Premium RTL-SDR bundle includes newly designed NESDR SMArt in beautiful brushed aluminum enclosure, re-designed antenna base with 2m (6.5') RG-58 feed cable, and 3 antenna masts. Proudly built by Nooelec in the USA and Canada! Full 2-year product warranty
  • A wide variety of improvements on other designs, including ultra-low phase noise 0.5PPM TCXO, RF-suitable voltage regulator, custom heatsink, 2 silicone pads and SMA female connector
  • Designed from the ground up to reduce USB port occlusion. Run multiple NESDR SMArt side-by-side with any USB-compliant device, including tightly-spaced embedded devices like the Raspberry Pi
  • SDR frequency capability approximately 25MHz-1700MHz. Frequency range can be extended down to 100kHz or lower with the Ham It Up, available on Amazon (Product ID B009LQT3G6)
  • An 8pc SMA adapter set and carrying case is also available on Amazon (Product ID B073JT98RR)
Rank No. #11
Nooelec NESDR Smart v4 SDR - Premium RTL-SDR w/ Aluminum Enclosure, 0.5PPM TCXO, SMA Input. RTL2832U & R820T2-Based Software Defined Radio
  • Premium Software Defined Radio 'NESDR SMArt' in a beautiful brushed aluminum enclosure. Proudly built by Nooelec in the USA and Canada! Full 2-year product warranty
  • A wide variety of improvements on other designs, including ultra-low phase noise 0.5PPM TCXO, RF-suitable voltage regulator, custom heatsink, 2 silicone pads and SMA female connector
  • Designed from the ground up to reduce USB port occlusion. Run multiple NESDR SMArt side-by-side with any USB-compliant device, including tightly-spaced embedded devices like the Raspberry Pi
  • SDR frequency capability approximately 25MHz-1700MHz. Frequency range can be extended down to 100kHz or lower with the Ham It Up, also available on Amazon (B009LQT3G6)
  • An 8pc SMA adapter set and carrying case is also available on Amazon (Product ID B073JT98RR)
Rank No. #12
SDR for Beginners Using the SDRplay and SDRuno (Amateur Radio for Beginners)
  • Schell, Brian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 54 Pages - 09/22/2017 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
SaleRank No. #13
Goupchn SMA to BNC Connectors Kit 8PCS Male Female RF Coax Coaxial Adapter Converter for Ham Radio, HT Antenna, Scanner, SDR Dongle
  • SMA connectors are made of copper gold-plated material which can ensure a lower VSWR for higher transmission efficiency. Impedance: 50Ohm.
  • Adapters are all made precisely for better signal transmission and corrosion protection, easy to install. They can be quick connect, disconnect and reliable lock. Great for many projects which involves BNC Type and SMA connector.
  • Perfect for working with RF applications, antennas, wireless LAN devices, coaxial cables, Wifi, ham radios, handheld radios, scanner, SDR, base stations aerial, uhf/vhf operator, PC/LAN telecom and etc.
  • Package include: 2PCS SMA Male to BNC Male Adapters, 2PCS SMA Male to BNC Female Adapters, 2PCS SMA Female to BNC male Adapters, 2PCS SMA Female to BNC Female Adapters.
  • Warranty: Hope you can be satisfied with our adapters. We provide guarantee of a 30-day replacement or refund for any problem and 1 year warranty. If you have any question, feel free to contact us.
SaleRank No. #14
Nooelec NESDR Mini USB RTL-SDR & ADS-B Receiver Set, RTL2832U & R820T Tuner, MCX Input. Low-Cost Software Defined Radio Compatible with Many SDR Software Packages. R820T Tuner & ESD-Safe Antenna Input
  • Included: Nooelec USB dongle & antenna
  • RTL2832U interface IC & R820T tuner IC on USB dongle
  • These are custom USB devices tuned for SDR and include much better components than generics (see description below)
  • Full 1-year warranty & installation support available!
Rank No. #15
Ham It Up Plus - HF/MF/LF/VLF/ULF Upconverter w/TCXO
  • A high-quality RF (ULF/VLF/LF/MF/HF) converter for software defined radio devices like our NESDR series (RTL-SDR) and the HackRF--extends your radio range down to 300Hz
  • The Ham It Up Plus is fully assembled in a custom, black, aluminum enclosure, tested, and ready to use. Includes SMA to SMA connector to attach the output to your radio, and an SMA to BNC antenna adapter.
  • A separate noise source circuit is included for testing and calibration of various RF devices
  • Proudly made in the USA and Canada! Full 2 year product warranty, directly through Nooelec
  • Ham It Up Plus has all the same fantastic features as the popular Ham It Up (v1.3), and shares an identical form factor to ensure compatibility with optional enclosures and Ham It Up addons (available separately)
Rank No. #16
NooElec HackRF One Software Defined Radio (SDR), ANT500 & SMA Antenna Adapter Bundle
  • Your bundle includes a HackRF One, an ANT500 antenna, 4 SMA antenna adapters and a USB cable for powering the HackRF
  • HackRF One is capable of half-duplex transmit and receive in the range of 1MHz to 6GHz
  • HackRF One is compatible with a wide range of SDR software applications
  • The included adapters will allow you to connect a wide range of antennas to your HackRF One, including F-connector, N-connector, BNC and PAL antennas
  • Installation support and assistance available directly from NooElec
Rank No. #17
RaTLSnake M6 v2 - Premium 3-Antenna Bundle for NESDR, RTL-SDR, HackRF, and Other Software Defined Radios. Magnetic Whip Antenna Set Made with Low-Loss RG58 Cable for Radios with 50 Ohm SMA Connectors
  • Heavy-duty, wide-band premium antenna bundle for RTL-SDR and other SMA radios. Long 2m (6') cable made with low-loss RG-58
  • Includes antenna base and 3 antenna masts--helical, DVB-T2 and telescopic--for wideband reception. Specially designed for wideband software defined radios
  • Male SMA connector on antenna cable for easy connectivity to all 50Ω SMA-input radios like our NESDR SMArt series and HackRF One
  • Redesigned for 50Ω to maximize compatibility with commonly used radios and to reduce SWR mismatches. The base has been redesigned to improve ground plane coupling and shielding over v1.
  • Antenna base is constructed from heavy-gauge metal for resilience and longevity. Includes full 1 year warranty direct from Nooelec!
Rank No. #18
NESDR SMArTee v2 Bundle - Premium RTL-SDR w/Integrated Bias Tee, Aluminum Enclosure, 0.5PPM TCXO, SMA Input, Antenna Base & 3 Antennas. RTL2832U & R820T2-Based Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • An ultra-low noise software defined radio, capable of receiving nearly ANY RF signal from approximately 25MHz-1700MHz. Includes SDR, high-quality antenna base, and 3 antenna masts to get you started right away without any further purchases!
  • Unmatched price & performance--redesigned PCB reduces noise by an average of a full 3dB! Includes all the same fantastic features as the rest of the NESDR SMArt series, including an ultra-low phase noise TCXO, with a guaranteed <0.5PPM tolerance out-of-the-box. This is at least 4x more accurate than units advertised as containing 1PPM TCXOs, which have up to a +/- 2PPM initial offset
  • Same form factor as the other devices in our NESDR SMArt series, which means no USB occlusion issues--run devices side-by-side without messy extension cables or adapters, even on embedded devices like the Raspberry Pi!
  • Always-on, 4.5V bias-tee with independent ultra-low-noise power supply and 250mA power capability allows you to power nearly any active antenna circuitry without messing around with drivers or software
  • Designed and manufactured by Nooelec in North America. Impeccable quality and full 2-year warranty!
Rank No. #19
NooElec NESDR Nano 3 - Premium Tiny RTL-SDR w/Aluminum Enclosure, 0.5PPM TCXO, SMA & MCX Input & Custom Heatsink. RTL2832U & R820T2-Based Software Defined Radio
  • No more blocked USB ports! This RTL-SDR was designed into a tiny form factor to ensure proper fit within the smallest USB-compliant spacing. The Nano 3 is just 17mm x 8mm x 20mm & 15g!
  • The high-quality aluminum enclosure and silicone pads ensure that heat and stray EMI stay where they belong
  • The included articulating SMA connector allows for connection of both male SMA and male MCX antenna types without additional expenditures
  • The industry-leading 0.5PPM temperature-controlled crystal oscillator (TCXO) ensures that you will always be able to find the signal you need with absolute minimal drift and jitter
  • Proudly built in North America in our US & Canadian facilities. Full 2 year product warranty!
Rank No. #20
onelinkmore SDR Adapter BNC to SMA Coax Adapter SMA Male Female to BNC Male Female Antenna Adapter Kits 4 Type for Baofeng UV-5R Ham Radio, HT Antenna, Scanner, SDR Dongle,Base Stations Aerial
  • We are different------Salt Spray Environmental Test; Real Low VSWR test; Lowest Insertion Loss; Real Materials.
  • Salt Spray Environmental Test-----48 hrs Salt Spray Corrosion Resistance Plating for SMA to BNC RF Connectors,SMA to BNC RF Antenna Adapter Salt Spray Environmental Test,Real Materials,you don't need worry about environment effect,and you can focus on your ham radio work.
  • For Remarkable Design -----Geared screw locking mechanism,SMA to BNC adapter is attractive to many, so we have stocked up on the best quality SMA-BNC adapters that we could find — and now looking better than before ! our design is continually evolving in order to provide better looking, better functioning, and above all more durable adapters.Different operating frequency is always stable performance, frequency is changing, Design and Performance are Remarkable.
  • For Low VSWR----the test ranges from 0-3GHZ, VSWR lower than 1.2 ; Low Insertion Loss,we used lowest Insertion Loss,in order to reducing SMA adapter impact,SMA Female integrated design,it will be more tighter and stronger when SMA Convert to BNC male female,After many function test, normal structure is obtained, so properties are improved and used life is lengthened at least 80%; Used to base Stations Aerial,PC/LAN Telecom,baoefeng Radio Ham Handheld, Icom Roof Mag Mount Antenna, Auto WiFi
  • PACKAGE - 4 pieces SMA to BNC SDR Adapter

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