I’ve just bought this little beauty from Amazon, it’s a USB dongle that was original purpose was to receive DVB-T signals. The guys at NooElec have made some neat modifications to the stick to make it more suitable for use as an SDR receiver. The Mini 2 uses a brand-new tuner IC, the R820T2 made by Rafael Micro, to provide increased sensitivity and improved SNR. This custom NooElec SDR USB dongle tuned for SDR usage, including upgraded crystal, capacitors and inductors compared to generic devices. It has a frequency capability of approximately 25MHz-1750MHz and you can extend the range further by combining it with an upconverter that NooElec also make called ‘Ham it up’. The ‘Ham it up’ accessory turns the dongle in to a DC to 1.766 ghz receiver, how great is that?
I’m going to use my one as a discrete (hidden from the wife!) receiver that I can use when I’m sitting at the computer in the lounge 😉 Shhh don’t tell her!