For over 20 years, I have listened to Shortwave Radio. I currently use a Sangean ATS-818 receiver to listen to international broadcasts. My first shortwave radio is a Voxson VP-2 that I purchased during the 1980s from a retail store at Southand shopping centre.
During the 1980s it was exciting to listen to the BBC and VOA broadcasts with overseas news and experience non Australian culture. I was fascinated to listen to international christian news from HCJB in Ecuador South America. This was before HCJB ran its Australasian service from offices here in Melbourne. Well before Rhema FM and Light FM were here in southern Victoria I could listen to christian radio on shortwave. I listened to both HCJB and WHR in the evenings.
VHF CB Radio
I have used my Sangean radio to listen to the local VHF CB radio channels on 27MHz.
Visit VK1ZMC at this address http://www.qsl.net/vk1zmc/cb.html for a list of the channel frequencies.
SDR# Radio Experimentation
Details of my experimentation with the SDR# software application.
I use the SDR# (Software Defined Radio in C#) application, on Windows 7, connected to my rooftop TV antenna using an EZCap dongle running remotely on Fedora Linux.
The SDR# website is: http://sdrsharp.com/
I use my TV antenna in the living room and forward the radio data via my ethernet to my remote Windows 7 workstation. I am using an ASUS EeeBox PC in the living room with an EZCap USB DVB-T dongle. I installed the RTL-SDR Linux application on the Fedora Linux Nettop.
On my Windows 7 workstation I installed the SDR# desktop application and connected it to the RTL-SDR applications port on the network.
I purchased an EZCap DVB-T FM DAB USB receiver from ebay for $22.
Here are some screenshots for 149,400,000 Hz using Windows 7 as the GUI and Fedora Linux for receiver.
Start up the RTL-SDR receiver program on the Fedora Linux PC that has the EZCap dongle installed.
Start up the SDR# interactive program on the Windows 7 desktop. Don't forget to set it to the same starting frequency as the receiver program.
HDSDR Radio Experimentation
Details of my experimentation with the HDSDR software application.
I use the HDSDR (High Definition Software Defined Radio) application, on Windows 7, connected to my rooftop TV antenna using an Ezcap dongle.
The HDSDR website is: http://www.hdsdr.de/
For further details about using HDSDR and the EZCap dongle visit this Slashdot article.
I have a rather complex antenna wiring layout from the antenna socket to the many DVB-T appliances. I installed a VHF and UHF diplexer between the antenna socket and the first f-type splitter. With only the UHF side of the diplexer connected the strong VHF signals are attenuated before being put through the two amplified splitters.
I use two antenna splitters. The first is a 2 Way TV VCR Antenna Signal Amplifier Booster Splitter from Radioparts for $38. The second is a 4 Way TV VCR Antenna Signal Amplifier Booster Splitter from Radioparts for $55.
I purchased an Ezcap DVB-T FM DAB USB receiver from ebay for $22.
This is my first HDSDR screencast showing the reception of 148.7MHz. This is adjacent to the 2m amateur band.
The following HDSDR screencast shows the reception of 415.8MHz. Two FM voice conversation are shown and the audio playback is visible in the lower section. One at 415.6Mhz and the second at 415.5MHz. The actual audio has not been included due to Australian privacy laws.