Chapter 1Installing the Required Bits and Pieces

So you’ve decided to explore the wonderful world of software-defined radio, the world of virtual transistors, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, and homemade antennas. For that, I say congratulations and welcome! I also say good luck and Godspeed, for here be dragons. I have buckled my armor and girded my loins for the express purpose of guiding you through the turbulent waters of turning your computer into a radio receiver. And if that isn’t a mishmash of metaphors, I don’t know what is. Anyway...

With the proper SDR tools, including software, tuning device, and antenna, you can use your computer to tune into a large swath of the radio spectrum, from 64 MHz—the lower part of ...

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