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Re: FM receiver modules?
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Subject: Re: FM receiver modules?
From: Nathaniel Steele <nathaniel.steele@icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:20:00 -0500
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I have used both the pira 175 (older version of the 275) no real difference afaik, andthe rtl-sdr dongle on my phone via usb-otg. 

For a quick check i like the rtl sdr. Its faster to use and looks pretier and gives a quick view of the spectrum.
For actual measurements the pira would be my choice (out of the two) the pira also has a nice software package but it is windows only.

I seemed to get faster rds decoding with the sdr and also seems to work better with low signal like translators. The pira ui sucks on the box. Netter with the software but not as grab n go....

On April 2, 2018 1:17:26 PM Kevin Kidd <kkbroadcastengineering@gmail.com> wrote:

I have a 275 and love it.  It compares very, very close to my Inovonics monitor modulation measurements but wouldn't really want to use it to try to squeeze out every single % of mod in a competitive situation.  Of course the FIM function is relative but I was easily able to prove that an interfering translator to one of my Class A clients was running an omni antenna where they should have been on a Scala yagi.

Willie, I don't know of a cheaper receiver that will give a reasonably repeatable sig strength measurement (other than a few LED's) than the 275 other than maybe an SDR RX & software.  Those can be had for less than $20.


Kevin C. Kidd, CSRE/AMD
Lawrenceburg, TN
AM Ground Systems Company  -  WD4RAT
kkidd@kkbc.com  --  866-22-RADIO -- 866-227-2346

On Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 11:50 AM, Bill Hurne <billhurne@pilgrimradio.com> wrote:

Not very basic, but this displays signal strength in dBuV.   Very nice for relative comparisons.  Also measures much else such as modulation, RDS sub level, pilot level, decodes RDS, etc.






From: Willie Barnett [mailto:wbradiolists@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2018 9:40 AM
To: CRTech
Subject: [CRTech] FM receiver modules?


To the Braintrust:

Are you aware of any inexpensive, very basic, analog FM receiver modules? The goal is to come up with a simple "relative" field strength measuring device for fairly strong FM radio signals.

I've tinkered with a 2-transistor design with a single tank circuit front-end, that "kinda works", but I'd like something more selective, and a bit more sensitive.

Ideas? Links? :)

Meanwhile, a-Googling I will go. ;)



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