A while ago I decided to venture into the world of Ham Radio. Under the advice of George I went out a purchased a cheap DVB USB dongle to use as a Software Defined Radio (SDR). I had thought about using it with the Raspberry Pi I bought a while ago.
The software was pretty straight forward to setup, here are my instructions from a fresh install of the Raspbian distribution:
Continue reading RTL-SDR on the Raspberry PI
Having bought an RTL-SDR compatible dongle recently I thought I could see what I could make it do. So one for the first things I did successfully was tracking planes using ADS-B.
ADS-B or Automatic Dependant Surveillance Broadcast (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_dependent_surveillance-broadcast) is used to track Aircraft, each plane is fitted with a transmitter which broadcasts its position, heading, altitude, identification and a number of other things on 1090MHz.