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SDR Radio Software and Remote Listening For Free

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I’m using a great piece of software that I’ve stumbled across recently. The software is written by Simon Brown HB9DRV, he wrote, up until recently, the wonderful Ham Radio Deluxe software. SDR-Radio is an application that Simon has written to use with RFspace’s fantastic range of software defined radios as well other usual suspects such as the Softrock range of SDR’s. One thing with this app which I have found invaluable is the ability to connect remotely to SDR receivers over the internet.

Without any receiving or transmitting ability at my QTH at the moment this has been a wonderful find to keep me at least SWLing. The software is nicely written, as we have come to expect from Simon. It has a logical layout and finding your way around the program is easy. Connecting to a remote station has been made easy with the ability to browse a list of different stations, which you can see if they are online and available to connect to. To connect you can just double click on one of the stations in the list.

One thing that I would say is that it is worth installing the latest beta version. The latest version has many network improvements which make remote listening a bit smoother with less buffering.

I have used the digital modes window to successfully decode CW, PSK31 etc. Although, I did find that the little window for the waterfall in the digital mode was a little annoying. I would like the option to use the main waterfall window as in other programs.

Simon says that you can’t currently decode DRM and I did try to use virtual audio cables to route the audio to a DRM decoder which didn’t work. Hopefully this is something that will come in future versions. But for now this is a great app and one which I use and will use on a daily basis for a long time to come. I highly recommend it! Get your copy from SDR-Radio.com

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