Users are asking, which receiver we would recommend. The answer depends on many factors amongst application, environment, antenna and price. Focusing on ready-to-use SDR hardware for listening with Windows we can recommend following tested receivers:
|Price||Model / Manufacturer||Frequency Range in MHz||Remarkable properties|
|~ 10 - 15 EUR||RTLSDR (DVB-T/DAB with RTL2832+R820T). Search 'RTL2832' or 'R820T' on ebay||24 - 1766||~ 2.7 MHz bandwidth
For beginners - don't expect wonders!
|69 EUR||Ultra wide band SDR receiver Website||0.1 - 2000||RTLSDR with switchable HF converter|
|~ 200 EUR||FUNcube Dongle Pro+ Website||0.15 - 240,
420 - 1900
|No drivers needed
~ 180 kHz bandwidth
|369 EUR||ELAD FDM-S1 Website||0.02 - 30||~ 5 MHz bandwidth
Bandpass undersampling up to 200 MHz possible
|525 EUR||ELAD FDM-S2 Website||0.009 - 52,
74 - 108,
135 - 160
|~ 5 MHz bandwidth
very good reception quality
For controlling / using a receiver directly from HDSDR you need to install the receiver's ExtIO DLL.
Visit your receiver's website (see below!) and get the appropriate DLL file archive (ZIP).
Most sites refer the DLL as "Winrad ExtIO". It will be compatible with HDSDR.
Unpack all files from that archive into the installation directory of HDSDR
f.e. C:\Program Files (x86)\HDSDR\.
Any (monoband) receiver with output to soundcard can be used in HDSDR without any ExtIO DLL.
In this case, HDSDR will not be able to control the LO frequency.
|Alinco DJ-X11 + DX-R8||Website|
|Airspy||Download||January 08, 2015|
|Bonito RadioJet 1102S||Website|
|Elad FDM-S1||Website||April 29, 2013|
|Elad FDM-S2||Website||February 20, 2014|
|Elecraft KX3||How-To||September 07, 2013|
|FUNcube Dongle Base/Pro (FCD)||Download||December 27, 2012|
|FUNcube Dongle Pro+||Download||August 14, 2014|
|Hamlib v1.5 (for many hardware)||Download||August 31, 2011|
|Heros Technology SCR Preselector||Website|
|HPSDR (Atlas, Ozy, Mercury)||Download||January 02, 2013|
|HPSDR (Hermes)||Website||October 15, 2013|
|RFSPACE SDR-IQ / SDR-14||Download||April 11, 2013|
|RTLSDR (DVB-T/DAB with RTL2832)||DLL How-To||February 04, 2014|
|SDR-1||Download||April 05, 2012|
|SDR MK1 / SDR MK1.5 'Andrus'||Website|
|Si570 based (Softrock, FA-SDR, FiFi-SDR, Lima-SDR, PM-SDR)||Website|
|Softrock Lite v0.12||Download||January 06, 2013|
|USRP, RTLSDR, FUNcube + BorIP network streaming client||Website|
|WiNRADiO WR-G305e'||Download||May 06, 2013|
|WiNRADiO WR-G31DDC 'Excalibur'||Website|
Please report not listed but functional ExtIOs to keep the above list complete.