Amateur Radio

A New HOPE (2022) - Videos Posted

Submitted by rbosaz on Thu, 08/18/2022 - 08:30

The HOPE conference is a biannual hacker conference that dates back to 1994. It is associated with the 2600 Hacker Quarterly magazine. The latest HOPE conference, A New HOPE, occurred last month (July 22-24). The organizers recorded all the presentations and posted them on their YouTube channel (Channel2600).

SDR (Software Defined Radio)

Submitted by rbosaz on Sat, 10/22/2022 - 11:37


DVB-T+DAB+FM USB dongle (Realtek, RTL2838UHIDIR, SN: 00000001): A Generic RTL2832U OEM Rafael Micro R820T tuner.

On Ubuntu, I'm using the rtl-sdr package which contains the following command line utilities:

  • rtl_adsb: a simple ADS-B decoder for RTL2832 based DVB-T receivers
  • rtl_eeprom: an EEPROM programming tool for RTL2832 based DVB-T receivers
  • rtl_fm: a narrow band FM demodulator for RTL2832 based DVB-T receivers
  • rtl_sdr: an I/Q recorder for RTL2832 based DVB-T receivers
  • rtl_tcp: an I/Q spectrum server for RTL2832 based DVB-T receivers
  • rtl_test: a benchmark tool for RTL2832 based DVB-T receivers

Found this documentation at (rtl-sdr)


You can also use the GNU Radio Companion. I found these interesting links:




Some good Boston radio stations:

69.9 - Throwbacks, the Best New Hip Hop and R&B

94.5 - Boston's #1 For Hip Hop & Throwbacks

100.7 - Classic Rock

105.7 - Boston’s 80s & More

102.5 - Country

89.7 - WGBH Public Radio Boston’s Local NPR Station

92.9 - The Next Generation of Classic Rock



Started with this video

Using Pentoo on SD Card.  When you login start GUI by type startx and use defaults.

Serial Over USB on Virtual Machines

Submitted by rbosaz on Tue, 09/13/2022 - 10:12

I've been having a hard time getting the Uniden SDS100 serial over USB to work with my Windows virtual machine, but finally figured it out.

My virtual machine setup

Host Machine

Using VirtualBox with Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack installed. The first thing you'll want to do after installing the Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack is to enable USB via the virtual machine's settings. I selected USB 3.0, but depending on your use case, you may have to try another option.