I have wanted to try a SDR setup for a while... Can someone suggest the cheapest way to do this, with a radio, which uses the PD software, not propitiatory software? Is there a short overview of how SDR works on the net someplace, that you all trust?
You can purchase a SoftRock ensemble kit or an assembled version from Tony Parks at http://fivedash.com/
. Join the SoftRock Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40/
too. There is a lot of SDR software that will work with it.
I do not recommend trying a DVB-T stick. It is only 8 bits, and has horrible dynamic range. It was made to receive digital TV broadcasts that don't need to have much sensitivity or dynamic range and it does not transmit like the SoftRock ensemble does. It will leave you thoroughly unimpressed with SDR if it is your first one.
For the price, the SoftRock is the way to get your feet wet and still have a good experience.