RTL-SDR.com Dongle Measurements (Part 1 — background)

I’m using several USB “dongle” SDR sticks from RTL-SDR.com. These nifty $20 devices can receive from 100 kHz to above 1700 MHz. They have a low noise amplifier in the front end that is adjustable from 0 to about 50 dB gain. I wanted to determine the impact of the gain setting on receiver performance, and the results are below. First, some introduction. The dongles use an 8 bit analog-to-digital converter (“ADC”). The number of bits sets the dynamic range, […]

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