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Author Topic: Using PCTV nanostick T2 290e as SDR?  (Read 6790 times)
G7MRV
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« on: January 29, 2014, 01:54:23 AM »

Hi All,

Ive been intruiged for some time that people are using cheap USB DTV receiver sticks as SDR receivers. I have a (not so cheap!) PCTV nanostick T2 290e USB DTV stick that I would like to use for this if possible.

I have downloaded and installed SDRsharp, and the drivers for the stick, but SDRsharp doesnt see it.

Does anyone know how I can make this device work as an SDR receiver?

Ive emailed the manufacturer to ask about the chipset
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VE3TMT
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 12:45:57 PM »

Might be easier to order one the uses the R820T chipset. I have two in use now both use this chipset. I ordered another brand off eBay that was only advertised as a DVB tuner. Neither HDSDR or SDR# recognized it.

It went in the garbage.

You can see my SDR screen from my FT990 under my call on QRZ.

Max
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G7MRV
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 03:26:56 PM »

Ive a R820T based device on order, looking forward to using it with a waterfall plot on UHF airband, must be quicker to find activity than with the scan on my MVT-7100!

This PCTV device I got for nothing, it was being thrown out otherwisem so was worth a try. Doesnt look like its of any use though
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 11:14:17 AM »

For info on compatibility, see here: http://en.reddit.com/r/RTLSDR/wiki/compatibility , and the source for the driver, which you can read in the oscocom git repository, (linked from http://sdr.osmocom.org/trac/wiki/rtl-sdr )

If you stick with dongles which use the RTL2832U and Rafael Micro R820T they all should work.


Now that the e4000 tuners are basically almost impossible to find, the best approach is to just buy sticks using the RTL2832U and R820T.

There must be at least two dozen DVB-T sticks that are compatible for use as SDRs.

There is another list of TV sticks here: http://palosaari.fi/linux/ and here is a search for RTL2832 on the Linux TV wiki: http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&search=RTL2832&fulltext=Search

Also, there is also a lot of info here (in Japanese, you might need Google Translate) http://blog.livedoor.jp/bh5ea20tb-index/archives/19627815.html
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