Pragmatic 64: Software Radios

10 October, 2015


Pragmatic returns to talk about a recent melding of traditional radio technology and software that are now dominating the telecommunications world.
Duration 1 hour and 23 seconds Direct Download

Show Notes

Miscellaneous Links:

IQ modulation tutorials:

Intro to SDR Kits:

  • Software Defined Radio: $40ish SDR using a hacked European HDTV setup (RTL2832U). The chip has a feature where it can spit out the raw IQ data instead of the specific demodulated TV stream. It’s definitely hacky and it can’t transmit but it’s a relatively low cost intro into SDRs.
  • Adafruit SDR: Basic set-up from Adafruit that’s all contained in one easy USB dongle using the same IC as above.
  • Ossmans Kit: Not exactly a beginner’s kit in the sense that it’s cheap ($300 plus antenna) but probably one of the most full-featured starter’s out there sold by Mike Ossmann. He’s currently got a 9 video course available online to go with the HACK RF.
  • Mike Ossmans Video Course or he also teaches two day seminars on SDRs at security conferences across the globe.


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Carmen Parisi

Carmen Parisi

Carmen is an Electrical Engineer working as an Application Engineer in analogue electronics and has a blog Fake EE Quips that he occasionally posts to. Carmen is also a co-host on The Engineering Commons podcast.

John Chidgey

John Chidgey

John is an Electrical, Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineer, programmer, podcaster and runs TechDistortion and the Engineered Network. John has produced and appeared on many podcasts as well as Pragmatic.