RTL-SDR BLOG V3 USB Dongle with Dipole Antenna Kit

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The RTL-SDR BLOG V3 is a low-cost software-defined radio USB dongle. Perfect for getting into projects that utilize software-defined radios or just learning more about them.

The RTL-SDR Blog V3 is an improved RTL-SDR dongle. RTL-SDR dongles were originally designed for DVB-T HDTV reception, but they were found by hardware hackers to be useful as a general-purpose SDR. The standard dongles are okay for DVB-T reception but are just barely suitable for SDR users/experimenters. The RTL-SDR Blog V3 was redesigned with SDR user needs in mind, instead of DVB-T HDTV users who typically have more relaxed requirements.

RTL-SDR works hard to maintain a higher standard of quality for the BLOG V3 among the other entry-level SDR dongles on the market such as upgraded antennas and an Aluminum case for better cooling. With a bandwidth up to 2.4MHz and a frequency range of 500kHz - 1766 MHz it's a capable SDR at a great price.

This kit includes the BLOG V3 USB Dongle and the RTL-SDR VHF/UHF dipole antenna kit. Great for beginners as it allows for terrestrial and satellite reception.

Features

  • <1 PPM temperature compensated oscillator (TCXO)
  • SMA female antenna port
  • 4.5V USB-powered bias tee
  • HF Direct Sampling Mode
  • Aluminium case and passive cooling
  • Improved Antennas
  • R820T2 tuner
  • Bandwidth: Up to 2.4 MHz stable.
  • ADC: RTL2832U 8-bits
  • Frequency Range: 500 kHz – 1766 MHz (500 kHz – 24 MHz in direct sampling mode)
  • Typical Input Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Typical Current Draw: 270 – 280 mA
  • Compatible with Windows XP and above (SDR# requires Win 7 or newer), Linux, MacOS and Android. A dual-core machine is recommended.
    • Single board PCs like the Raspberry Pi, Odroid, and C.H.I.P are also supported with most command line apps.

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Package Contents

  • SDR-RTL BLOG V3 USB Dongle
  • Multipurpose Dipole Antenna Kit
    • 2 sets of telescoping VHF/UHF antennas
      • 2 x 23cm to 1m telescopic antennas
      • 2 x 5cm to 13cm telescopic antennas
    • Dipole Antenna Base with 60cm RG174
    • 3 meter RG174 extension cable
    • Flexible Tripod Mount
    • Suction Cup Mount

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