SDR on pandora ?


fantomid

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Give your feedback if you test it.

First, we could prepare a list about software and hardware to have.

Maybe someone will test it afterwards.
 

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If its for the price you can get one for the same price on ebay. Maybe you wait some days until I can try my ordered stick. Its marked there as RTL2832 / R820T.
 

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Nice, what did you test it receiving?  Judging by that test command line, that looks like an FM frequency to me - is that what you're receiving?  In the OP you talked about MPEG2 DVB-T, and I've wondered about receiving DAB using these things.
 

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I was reciving fm, yes. DVB-T is the receiver stick which can be used for frequencies from about 25 MHz to 2000 MHz where different Signals are sent ( AM, FM, DAB, DVB-T etc.). The decoding must be done with the software because you get the raw data and so for more sophisticated signals like digital audio/video you need a fast machine (they say for DAB you need dualcore at about 2GHz).

Or you use the internal stick -hardware to decode the signal but then you need a driver/firmware for the stick. I have another stick (no RTL2832 chip) with firmware so I can watch DVB-T with mplayer.
 

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I guess it is possible, but this stick is a no name stick (just reads DVB-T, DAB + FM and has RTL2832 chipset) and I have no firmware for it. Maybe someone knows where to get one then I/you can try. The packed soft is only for Win and has just a driver and some dlls + TV soft for Win. Even DAB and FM is not possible out of the box. I am searching for software to get radio working too. If you know a good program help is welcomed.

Edit : found in a Raspi forum that the kernel must support the tuner

" ... That's quite a good find. Unfortunately, for those of us with R820T Rafael tuners, it still won't work, as the tuner is not supported by the 3.6.11 kernel at the moment. "

My Slackware shows 3.2.61 so I guess my stick will not work even with firmware.
 
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here are some news  :

after updating my Slackware to 14.1.9 (I guess ; uname shows 3.2.64) the SDR first is not working.

After some research I found the new kernel supports the stick as DVB-T with a module so DVB-T is working. For SDR you have to unload the module first with modprobe -r. After reloading the module DVB-T is working again - very nice. Now I can do SDR and DVB-T with  the same stick. :)
 

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I tested with SZ 1.60 (not latest because MeTV no longer working) and had no success. Got error when trying to install software following the description " make not found". Also DVB-T not working. Maybe someone can try with last SZ version.

Or switch to Slackware and be happy.
 
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