• February 14, 2017

    HDSDR OSX version 2.76 released

    Once again, with Mario’s permission, I bundled the latest revision of HDSDR to be run on OSX. I also created a new rtl_sdr launcher that should be more stable, easier to use and that incorporates the bleeding edge version of librtlsdr. I tested this on Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra. My CPU is a quad i7…. Continue

  • January 20, 2016

    HDSDR on OSX the EASY way – SDRplay edition

    Hello, Today I updated my HDSDR OSX bundle to include support for SDRplay. Nothing much has changed… If you want to enjoy SDRplay + HDSDR on OSX, all you need to do is the following: Install the SDRplay drivers (available here) Download my bundle Copy ‘HDSR OSX’ and ‘rtl_tcp SDRplay’ on you hard drive Run the… Continue

  • October 16, 2015

    HDSDR on OSX the EASY way (reloaded!)

    Introduction A while ago I published a bundle that easily allowed anyone to run HDSDR and the RTL2832U on OSX. To my surprise the bundle was quite successful, a demonstration that there weren’t (yet) many available alternatives to use the cheapest (and funniest!) SDR radio in the world on a Mac. After a few years… Continue

  • June 20, 2014

    K1FM Mini Magnetic Loop

    Disclaimer: if not all precautions are taken, Magnetic Loops can be dangerous. Tensions in excess of a few KV’s can and will develop even when operating at relatively low powers. Fires can also develop .Never ever touch the loop radiator during transmissions! Moreover, the magnetic fields generated by these antennas are potentially harmful to a number of… Continue

  • June 4, 2014

    Mystery signal from a (Police) helicopter

    Reading the May 2014 issue of QST, on page 65, I found a mention of an interesting story about Oona Raisanen OH2EIQ. Oona was watching the helicopter news video of a police chase when she realized that the audio track contained a data feed.  As the very talented hacker that she actually is, Oona managed to… Continue