The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Software Defined Radios
Everything you need to know to get started with SDR in an Afternoon
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This course will teach you everything you need to know so you can get started with Software Defined Radios in just one afternoon.
If you don't already have a Software Defined Radio, or SDR, we'll start with our recommendations on what SDR to buy and where to buy it from.
Once you have your hardware, we will show you how to connect it to your computer and have you receiving in just a few short and simple lessons.
StartWelcome to this module (1:09)
StartSetting Up Your Directories (Folders) (1:34)
StartCreating a Shortcut to the SDR Folder on your Desktop (3:03)
StartCommand Prompt Shortcut to make it easier going forward (4:05)
StartInstalling a Better Text Editor: Notepad++ (4:34)
StartStaying Organized with Spreadsheets (3:24)
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My name is Phil, and I want to welcome you to Scanner School!
I have been around scanners since before I could walk!
Growing up, my earliest memories include watching the red lights dance on my grandparent's old Bearcat 101 in the kitchen. The sounds of police and fire tones would make their way into the living room as we played on the floor.
My father worked at a marine shop and sold crystals for receivers to anyone looking to listen to their radio. He still has those dusty glass baby jars in his garage. A reminder of yesterday, when 8 channels was more than enough to hear everything you needed to know.
Back to my roots
I really liked teaching people about scanning and passing on all the information I've learned through the years.
I talked with so many people across the US who have asked for my help. I found I was answer the same questions and then I had an idea – I would create an online school for scanners – or Scanner School!
But wait – there's more!
If you are interested in more about me, I invite you to listen to our very first Podcast, Scanner School Session 1. In this episode I go a little bit deeper into my past and growing up around scanners and radios.
How did you find your way into radios? I would love to hear about it. Please drop me a note!