Now I can do all that and more from home. I recently picked up a NooElec R820T2 & DVB-T NESDR Mini 2 dongle from Amazon like this one.
It is not exactly plug and play. After not being able to get it to work I found and the read the instructions which I linked here.
After reading and installing everything correctly it worked great. For an antenna I have it hooked to my scanner discone which covers the freq range of the dongle (24 MHZ to 1.7 GHZ). Now I have the functionality of an analyst station in the ham shack for around 20 dollars.
If you want to learn more here are a few good resources.
|The dongle is slightly bigger than a USB Stick|
|Screen Shot, I am listening to a weather broadcast|
I was not sure how useful this would be and thought if it does not work like I want no big deal. I was pleasantly surprised and have had fun listening to the spectrum I do not normally monitor. I know the software is very capable and need to read about it more and play with the settings.
Here is a youtube that I found useful when researching this particular dongle.