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An Intro to Software-Defined Radio and Radio Communications

February 7, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am PST

 - $8.00
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What You'll Do:

In this workshop, Alex will show you how to unlock the world of radio communications. You’ll learn how to use a technology called software-defined radio (SDR), with which you can explore the electromagnetic spectrum using nothing but a $30 kit and your computer. After getting set up with your SDR kit, Alex will also demonstrate various signals you can receive all over the world while revealing some of the underlying principles of radio communications. At the end of this workshop, you’ll have the tools necessary to further your exploration of radio technologies and even use wireless communications in your next project.

Skill Level:

Basic understanding of computers is necessary

Skills you will learn:

You'll learn the basics of operating a software-defined radio module and some introductory topics in radio communications.

A kit is required for this program:

Get Kit Here

What You'll Need:

For this workshop, you will need to purchase a kit containing an SDR module (called RTL-SDR) and an antenna. You can purchase it here: https://amzn.to/36eFbKa Important: Before the workshop, please download and install CubicSDR from this link for your particular platform: https://github.com/cjcliffe/CubicSDR/releases/tag/0.2.5 After installation, please plug in the RTL-SDR purchased from the kit into your computer and verify that CubicSDR can see it. If you need help with this before the workshop, email me at info[at]coniferapps.com

About the Facilitator:

Alex is a 21-year-old maker from Upstate New York. He is an avid radio enthusiast and has written a book on radio communications. Alex is currently a student at Harvard studying electrical engineering.


February 7, 2021
8:00 am - 9:00 am PDT
Age Range:
18 and up14-18
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18 and up, 14-18


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