RTL-SDR with KE9NS PSDR?

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Slightly off topic,
but I just received a new RTL-SDR dongle....just for fun.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011HVUEME/...

It was roughly $25 with the antennas. ( $20 without) in a metal case with SMA antenna connector.

It works pretty well and will do HF via direct sampling without needing any modification or upconverters.

My question....
Has anyone interfaced this to KE9NS's version of PSDR?

Ken - NM9P
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Ken - NM9P

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Arnie

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Ken:
I don't think PSDR by KE9NS is compatible with the RTL sdr dongles. 
73 de Arnie W8DU
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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I am fairly certain this is the right answer
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Dave - W6OVP

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Hi Ken- I've played with a number of SDRs including yours. Suggest you add a few bucks to it and get a REAL one like this SDRplay, with lots of varieties of free software and widespread support, and work MUCH better. They are available used. -Dave.  http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-014408
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Ken - NM9P

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I already have a REAL SDR -- my 6500.  This is just to play with on the cheap!  LOL.
I already had two RTL820 type dongles that cost me about $12 each, but they would have needed modifying to do direct sampling.  This one does it for about $19.95, so I couldn't resist.  I can easily drop $20 for a toy to play with, but $129 is another story...
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A dongle is a sdr type receiver in its own right, Its got an antenna socket and a usb port  for specific software. There is no way to interface it with PSDR unless it was connected as a transverter, which may work if the dongle had an IF port on it. This was aimed at the older flex rigs, not sure if the newer one's have a transverter function
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Larry - W8LLL

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I have both a sdrplay and a less expensive dongle with the up converter built in. I have used sdr-uno, hpsdr, sdr sharp and have been using sdr console v3 which I like the best so far. You may be able to get PowerSDR IF to work with your dongle.
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I have been playing with SDR Console V.3 this morning.  It is pretty slick.  But I haven't been able to figure out how to get it to do HF yet.  Having 10 receivers open on two meters or air band is pretty slick, though!

Thanks for the tip!
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Larry - W8LLL

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I think your dongle has to have the up converter to work Hf.
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Ken - NM9P

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The one I bought has a built-in bypass for direct sampling HF. It works on sdr# by tapping into only the Q channel. If I could do that with SDR Console, it would be wonderful.
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yeah I noticed my dongles that don't have the up converter will do HF with SDR# but none of the other sdr softwares. This is an inexpensive way to add a pan adapter to any radio that has cat control but unfortunately SDR# will not track with a radio like the others. This dongle http://www.ebay.com/itm/191564644649 works pretty well but its approaching half the cost of the sdrplay  that is far superior.
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Ross - K9COX

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Look at it this way, tilt hinge feet for a Maestro will set you back $90 or a power cable for a 6000 series is $25
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Hi Ken !
you can use ZEUS SW with RTL dongle, look into that site https://www.hfrelectronics.com/index.php?route=common/home

as far i know Yahoo group available as well