Wow! Since I got my amateur radio license awhile back I've played with SDR (Software Defined Radio) off and on over the years. I mean, c'mon - It's ham radio, DX scanning, and computers all jammed together! If that's not the ultimate tech combo then I don't know what is. Now if there was just some way to combine radio with Linux...
Well, today I came across it! A Linux distro made specifically with SDR in mind. Skywave Linux:
This is an operating system designed to provide access to a growing network of software defined radios all over the world. With global SDR access, shortwave listeners can access broadcast, utility, amateur radio, military, and other signals from almost anywhere in the world - from state-of-the art radio servers. All you need to do is boot Skywave Linux on a computer with internet access. You can also run your own SDR hardware in Skywave Linux.
Even though there seems to be a focus on internet radio with this distro, the possibilities increase exponentially when you add a few things, e.g., a DVB-T USB dongle, an inverter, a balun, and a good antenna. I cannot wait to get this installed on my netbook so I can go out and play.
Some reference links for anyone interested about the topic of SDR in general:
- #173: Introduction to RTL-SDR low cost software defined radio receivers
- Getting started with SDR# and an RTL SDR tuner
- Using A RTL-SDR To Learn About The GSM Network Around You, Hak5 1621
- Track Aircraft with a $20 Software Defined Radio, Hak5 1525.2
- Skywave Linux
- Skywave Linux: New Linux Ubuntu Distribution made for Software Defined Radio
- Skywave Linux: first(?) distro aimed at SDR use
- Software-defined radio - Wikipedia